What Strings Do You Use???

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

  1. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Didn't GHS make Fender's strings at one time? I started using them because they were a local company, like EV and Gibson and Heathkit. Stayed for the quality---I never had a problem with them.
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  2. emitex

    emitex Synchromatic

    Aug 21, 2014
    Pyramid flatwounds for that late 50s- early 60s clean sound that suits my style. Thomastik-Infeld is a close second, but I choose Pyramid because their tension seems slightly tighter on their flats, which I like.
  3. diamoroso

    diamoroso Gretschie

    Feb 4, 2019
    San Diego, CA
    Strings absolutely make a difference. I use flatwound Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Swing 11s on my Jaguar, D'Addario NYXL 11's on my Gretsch, but go down to D'Addario NYXL 10s for my Univox.

    In my experience each guitar I own is kind of callings for different strings, my Jaguar has hotter than usual pickups, so the flatwounds reduce squealing and tame the ear piercing highs. The Gretsch 5420 is still new to me, so I have to experiment with different strings until I find the right match, but the NYXLs are working out pretty nice right now.
  4. Winterwind

    Winterwind Gretschie

    Dec 17, 2018
    London, Ontario
    Yep yep yep. Wound G for the win! Since I've got a 5220 on my radar I'm glad they also do a 110W 10-46. Who need plinky? And a plain G plinks even more for me because I do a lot of up picking when I'm not chording and it's even more noticeable picking up than down.
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  5. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    I make my own. I mix coins and scrap steel, melt it down, pour blanks and hammer the strings out one at a time. For the winding, I use a jig.

    Actually, just kidding, but I just found this:

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  6. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I saw a YT vid of a guy making his own tubes. Blowing the glass, the works. Mindblowingly awesome, but some people have waaaay too much time on their hands.
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  7. Andrew Griffin

    Andrew Griffin Synchromatic

    Oct 22, 2015
    Purple Country Club? Please post pix!
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  8. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    I know, right? And then there are the videos of the guys who make amazing miniature gasoline and diesel engines - little mini V-8s and V-12s that look and sound just like a full sized one. Even tiny little alternators. Only not quite the low rumble:

    Fun to watch. Make one? Not me.
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  9. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    I think you know a lot more about GHS than I:)
  10. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Like I said, I'm very familiar with the area.
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  11. Gregor

    Gregor Gretschie

    Oct 17, 2018
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Does anyone know what the original strings on a G5220 are. I'm quite sure they are 'D'Addario XL 10s with a wound G but whatever they are I like them.
  12. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Been using D'Addario EXL140 Nickle Wound Light top/Heavy bottom 10-52 for years on most of my Gretsches.

    I have a few strung with 10 -46.
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  13. budglo

    budglo Electromatic

    Feb 26, 2019
    I use NYXLs 11s on my Gretsch . I use Gibson Vintage Reissues 10s on my 335 and Fender super bullets 10s on my strats.
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  14. GretschPraise

    GretschPraise Gretschie

    Jun 26, 2017
    Tampa Bay
    Another fan of NYXLs on my single coil guitars. Got turned onto Gibson Britewires for my ProJet on this forum and they are a perfect match for filtertrons on that guitar, good definition on the wound strings.
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  15. Far To Many

    Far To Many Gretschie

    Dec 31, 2018
    Upstate, NY
    D'Addario XL .009 on everything. I use the bronze .010's on the acoustics. I like light strings.
  16. GreTschocaster

    GreTschocaster Gretschie

    Feb 11, 2013
    I am envious of all you that can use heavier gauge strings. My left hand arthritis makes it difficult. Consequently I have had to go to lighter strings, 9.5 to 42 and 9 to 42 on longer scale guitars.
  17. slimwilson

    slimwilson Synchromatic

    Dec 22, 2015
    Mobile, Al
    D'Addario NYXLs (11-52 on my Ric, 11-49 on my Jet), and TI's (Bebops on my Les Paul, Swings on my G6120..both 11-47 or whatever their odd gauge is).
  18. Wozob

    Wozob Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2014
    The Netherlands
    I use different strings on different guitars, but for Gretsch it's mostly:
    D'Addario EJ20 (10-49 wound g) or EXL115 (11-49 plain g) on Jets and Penguin;
    D'Addario EJ21 (12-52 wound g) on my 6120.
  19. Pop1655

    Pop1655 Gretschie

    Feb 9, 2019
    Texas Hill Country
    Long time NYXL fan
    Brand new to the Gretsch family.
    NYXL 10’s were my choice as the first set on my new 5420. Very pleased. Might try 11’s next, just for entertainment value.
    NYXL 9.5’s on everything else I own.
    For most guitars, I think 9.5’s are the best kept secret out there. They just work for me.
  20. johnny g

    johnny g Country Gent

    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    Nope strings make no difference. A good picker could use barb wire. Now I am going to look at the Golden Gate bridge, I understand it is for sale.
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