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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Markkkky, Mar 6, 2019.
Are they still made in Michigan? They used to be in the next town down from the Gibson factory.
DR Pure Blues 10s, on everything except my purple Country Club, then it’s 11s.
Yes they are. I love their pure nickel strings. I tried the DR’s for some time but I had quality issues and went back to GHS. When I did I realized I preferred the feel and tension as well.
I use D’addarios on my acoustics though.
Really, all these major companies make a great product.
GHS just makes a little better
My family is from the area. Gibson was in Kalamazoo, GHS in Battle Creek, and much of my family built Round Oak wood stoves in Dowagiac (an Indian name that sounds Polish). I worked at the radio station in Niles. Loved the area. Lots of great outdoor activities, lakes large and small, and Lake Effect Snow! The sad part is most of the once great businesses in the area that are now gone, either moved or shut down.
D'addario 10/46 or Ernie Ball 10/46 nickel wounds.
D'Addario XL 115w ( wound G string )
I'm with @Trash Kidd on this one. Rotosounds all the way; Roto Reds (11 - 48) for my 2420T and Roto Swing 66s (45 - 105) for my bass.
A looooong time ago I read an interview with Ivy from the Cramps. She said she used D’Addario 11-50. If they’re good enough for her then they’re good enough for me. I’ve used those ever since. I get a nice chunky low end with them
D'Addario EXP XL110 (10-46) on Fender Scale, XL140(10-52) on Gibson scale. XL140 or 145 nickelwounds on some archtops or semis.
I have to say the EXP coating works a treat if you’re in a humid environment.
For extra vintage flavoured tone I use round core Pyramid pure nickel or Pyramid Monel.
I used other brands and gauges as well but I try to simplify the stock I have to keep.
D’Addario 10’s except on my Tele, 9.5’s there
GHS Burnished Nickel Rockers 11's on my 6120 DSW
D'Addario Chrome 11's on my Jet Firebird DS and Wildkat
D'Addario nickel wound 10.5's on my 2420T
Fender pure nickel 10's on my Telecaster
Martin SP 12's on my acoustics
The Jet Firebird will be having a change as I feel it's something of a one trick pony for me with the flatwounds. It'll probably be getting the Burnished Nickel Rockers. The Telecaster is my goto 'does everything' guitar but I think that could be the Jet if I change the strings.
D'addario ECG23 flat wound! Like the feel and the mellow sound.
Only been in that area once at @12 years old and it is a great region.
It doesn’t look too good for GHS either of this thread is any indication of their market share.
It always surprises me that more people don’t use GHS. When I worked for Musicians Friend back in the day I had access to every brand under the sun. I made it a project one summer to give every brand 2 weeks and I always found the GHS to be at the top of the field.
They have been slow to update their packaging tech and I wonder if this put them behind the curve?
I would really be devestated if they went the way of the dodo
I tried cheapo strings HarleyBenton's and Pyramids... They're sounding great unplugged but not as shinny as D'addario's when plugged. They're feeling more solid than regular 11. Btw the skinny strings tend to break at tuners level.
All in all, I will not reiterate the try.
I tried the HB once. Bought a pack. I could not tune nor intonate the guitar worth a damn. They were all over the place. Got rid of'm, fast.
10s on all my Gretschs. Preferably DR Blues or Pyramids. Anything pure nickel with a round core is preferred.
I have Pyramid 10 flats on my Cliff Jet. But subbed out the wound g for a plain steel 17.
9s on my Teles and Strats. 8s on my Paisley Tele. Whatever cheap ernie ball string is available for the Fenders.
I like 11s with a round core and pure nickel wrap. The round core for a less stiff feel. The nickel wrap for maybe a tiny bit mellower tone than steel. 11s because they feel right to me on a 24.6" scale guitar. My usual is DR Pure Blues, but I've currently got a set of Pyramid Nickel Classics. Both pretty similar.
Gibson Brite Wires. .010 on the Gretschs and Jaguars - .009 on the Gibson scales and P90s - .009 Ernie Ball Super Slinkys on my Strats, Teles and EBMM Albert Lees
Gretsch - D'Addario XL 115w (11-49 w/ wound G)
Strat - Ernie Ball Regular Slinky (10-46)
Les Paul - Ernie Ball Power Slinky (11-48)
Following with interest. I used D'Aquisto Edge and Rotosound Superwound strings for a long time, but can't find either anymore. The Dean Markley strings I picked up solely because they were insanely cheap turned out to not even be worth next-to-nothing. They ring so brightly and severely you can hear the tinkling of the strings behind the bridge through the amp all the time, and suddenly I'm feeding back when I wasn't before.
Sounds like a lot of D'Addario fans-- maybe that'll have to be next up.