What Strings Do You Use???

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Markkkky, Mar 6, 2019.

  1. Markkkky

    Markkkky Gretschie

    Aug 26, 2017
    Hi all, what strings are you all using? Do you think strings make any differences? Please tell!
  2. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I’ve used Ernie Ball Power Slinkys for years. 11-48.
    But I just made the switch to D’addario 11-49.
    Yes I think strings make a huge difference.
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  3. Winterwind

    Winterwind Gretschie

    Dec 17, 2018
    London, Ontario
    On my electrics...

    D'Addario EXL115W 11-49 on my 6-strings. I need the wound G. I just can't stand the sound of a plain G.

    D'Addario EXL150 10-46 for my 12-string
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  4. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    I use Ernie Balls lately, used to use DiAddario's but found the plain strings often have black residue on them. Both are fine though.
    To me it's more important to have fresh strings than what maker. I change every 4-8 hours of gigging. SO I buy the 10 pak or more when I buy and buy the EB or Diadd's for the low price.
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  5. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Silver one's on the Lectrics and gold one's on the Crustics mostly.
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  6. r0de0

    r0de0 Gretschie

    Jul 7, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    D'Add NYXL 11's
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  7. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    D'Addario NYXL1046BT Balanced Tension 10's
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  8. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    "Long shiny ones."---Paul McCartney

    D'Addarios on my electrics mostly. G H Squier on others.
    Various bronze on the acoustics. I've used Martin Silk & Steel in the past. Unknown nylon on the classical.

    Anything is possible except Slinkys or Black Diamonds.
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  9. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    D'Addario XL's on my Gretsches.

    10's on long scale necks, 11's on the short scale necks.
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  10. Joey L

    Joey L Synchromatic

    Jun 24, 2016
    White Plains, NY
    Thomastick roundwound 11s on all my hollow and semi hollow bodies. Love them.. they last forever and have great clarity and note separation especially when playing chords. I use D’Addario and StringJoy 10s on my Strat, Teles and Les Paul.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2019
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  11. Gretschmen65

    Gretschmen65 Synchromatic

    May 20, 2016
    I've been using Elixer Nanoweb 11 - 49 on my 6120.

    Happy with either D'Addario EXL115's or Ernie Ball 11 - 48.

    On my 25.5 inch scale Fenders I use EXL 110's at the moment.

    There are many brands I have tried which I do not like at all for sound, tone or tension - for me strings make a huge difference.
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  12. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    DR Pure Blues, 10’s
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  13. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    I used Ernie Ball Power Slinkys 11-48s for years.
    But switched over to Rotosound Reds 11-48s a year ago on recommendation from a friend. Not looked back since.
    They kinda feel better & last longer.
    I did try D'Addario 11-49s for a while but hated them. They seem to lose all brightness after a day or so with me.. 59BEEDF8-D93A-4C81-9916-7616661AC00B.jpeg
  14. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I gotta try these.
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  15. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    Your all smoking hash...GHS is the business!
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  16. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    So far I really like NYXL 11-49, Power Slinky Cobalt 11-48, GHS Nickel Rockers 11-50, and DR Pure Blues 11-50. Up next I'll be trying Rotosound Reds 11-48.

    I tried DR Black Beauties 11-50 once, but they felt weird and lifeless, and were generally unpleasant to play. So yes, I think strings make a difference.
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  17. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    Hey I just got a pack of those today! I'll let you know sometime after my next string change if they work for me.
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  18. JParry335

    JParry335 Gretschie

    Jan 22, 2019
    Scottsdale, AZ
    I use Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom on all of my electrics. This includes my new Gretsch, Tele’s, Strat and 335. I knew I was forgetting something. This includes my Les Paul.
    For my ‘52 ES-175 I use flatwounds. I believe that are D’adarrio but don’t recall.
    My luthier who has been doing all of the work on guitars has been trying to get me to use other strings but I’m just not interested. EB’s quality over the years has been consistant and they sound and feel good to me.
    When I was gigging full time I changed my strings every six nights but I didn’t have as many guitars then as I do now.
    I’ve tried D’Adarrios and they don’t feel comfortable. They sound fine but to be honest I don’t think they make a HUGE difference. Some? Sure, but for me, I’m not losing sleep over molecular makeup or metallurgy of my strings.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2019
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  19. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I used the exl115w then went to nyxl 11-49 and 12-52w now I have landed on TI jazz swings and bebops also 12s love them. Strings can make a huge difference to my ear.
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