String suggestions?

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by teejay, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. teejay

    teejay Electromatic

    Apr 17, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA, USA
    What strings are you using on your Electromatic? I need to try something new than the stock strings.
  2. jay_mci

    jay_mci Electromatic

    Feb 9, 2019
    I use ernie ball 11 to 48s Ive used both ther regular and the classic one with rock and roll on the packaging.
  3. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    Rotosounds RotoReds, 11s.

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  4. Shroudy

    Shroudy Electromatic

    Mar 13, 2019
    The Bronx
    I use Ernie Ball 10 though they’re a little short for the Bigsby. Over the years I’ve tried lots of different brand strings on lots of guitars, I like them fresh so I change strings a lot. I’ve settled on good old Slinky’s. I like the individual envelopes, they’re cheap, reliable and easy to buy in any guitar shop.

    But if someone has an idea for strings that work with a Bigsby better, I’m interested
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  5. SWoody

    SWoody Gretschie

    Aug 27, 2018
    I use Ernie Ball Super Slinky's 9-42 on my 5420's and I use Ernie Ball Slinkys 10-46 on my 5125/7/8/9 w/the Dearmond 2000 pickups. I find that 9-42 are too slinky on that era but seem to work fine on the 5420's. I find 11's (don't judge me) too taught for these old fingers but I do get why people like them. If's 10's are good enough for Setzer and 7's for Billy Gibbons...well then I say experiment till you find the right combo. I've tried 9, 10, and 11's on everything at one time or another and found what worked best for me. Go forth and re-string!!
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  6. EC Strat

    EC Strat Gretschie

    Jan 11, 2019
    D’Addario Chrome Flatwounds 11’s

    Really nice warm mellow tone
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  7. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I have used Ernie ball power slinkys 11-48 for a long long time, but recently started using Roto Reds 11-48.
    They’re awesome.
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  8. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    That's so weird.... Last week replaced a set of 11-48 power slinky cobalts with RotoRed 11s, based several positive reviews here on GT. So far I've got to agree.

    Also has them as an "add-on item" for $6.59 (Canadian) a set, so I bought four more packs. They feel as nice as NYXLs and they're half the price.

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  9. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Right?! I tried them on @Trash Kidd ‘s recommendation. And now I have a surplus of extra high E strings in my inventory.
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  10. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    Thats why I tried them, lol.
    Thanks @Trash Kidd!

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  11. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    GHS Nickel Rockers .11

    For that warm vintage vibe.
    I’ve never found a poorly wound string in a pack in the 20 years I’ve been playing them.
    Tried some more boutique brand nickels and had several packs that 1 or more strings were unusable.
    When I switched back I noticed the GHS even sounded slightly better.
  12. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Unpopular opinion: I really like the feel of Elixir 10s.
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  13. jetbunny

    jetbunny Electromatic

    Mar 29, 2017
    Elixir user here for more than a decade. Love the coated feeling and the tension is evenly balanced across all strings.
  14. Axis39

    Axis39 Country Gent

    Jun 2, 2008
    La Quinta, CA
    Thomastik Infeld Jazz Swing 10's. Nothing else will do. I use them on the majority of my guitars. But, the 5127 was the first and doubt it will ever see anything else.

    Although, I do use GHS Burnished Rockers on a couple guitars. I like them to... Just not as much.
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  15. benjwri

    benjwri Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2011
    Central ON Can
    D'Addario flat wounds #10
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  16. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    D'Addario NYXL-BT Balanced Tension strings.
  17. Joey L

    Joey L Synchromatic

    Jun 24, 2016
    White Plains, NY
    Thomastick BeeBop 11 round wounds.
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  18. capnhiho

    capnhiho Gretschie

    Feb 16, 2013
    I had settled on D’Addario XL nickel wound 11’s as the strings of choice on my 5420 BUT.....

    Last string change I tried their “Balanced Tension” set. I figured the improved playability they touted was probably just snake oil but what the heck. What I discovered was that the even tension of the strings (near 120 lbs. per string in this set) resulted in much better intonation when using the Bigsby! I realize this may sound like BS but I swear it’s true!

    Give ‘em a try. You may like them for the same reason.
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  19. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I use DR Pure Blues

    10-46 on my hollow body guitars


    9-46, big on bottom, small on top, on my solid body guitars.

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  20. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    I've considered those, but the you think they are worth it?

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