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Worst strings...

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by stevo, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. Lizardkinged

    Lizardkinged Friend of Fred

    Oct 5, 2009
    GHS Boomers. Ball ends always snapped for me.

    I find DR as a brand overrated. Haven't liked anything by them ever.
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  2. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Think I'll try these D'Addario's next on my Martin HD - 35 ....thanks
  3. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    As I ponder this there were strings I tried and just can't remember the names of but on my Martin I have never used anything but the recommended Martin strings. I love them and have never had any desire to shop around but on my electrics I shopped around a lot.

    What would be very interesting is to see whose strings are made where, as I understand it there really are not that many string manufactures. I would also be curious to know how many are using the same strings and just repackaging them under their name and how many actually use their own metal mix.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2017
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  4. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

    Dec 19, 2011
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    For stretching strings I took a roller string tree, screwed it on a piece of wood dowel for a handle, and run it up and down the strings a few times with some upward pressure. Go over it and retune a couple times and the strings are nicely settled in a few minutes rather than days.
  5. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    Vintage ones.
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  6. Kitvin713

    Kitvin713 Gretschie

    Jan 10, 2017
    Fresno, CA, U.S.A.
    Gotta have that vintage tone though
  7. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    I love Martin strings for about a week or two, then they go downhill. Since I don't play my acoustic all that much, I like a coated string there. EXP16 from D'Addario. They don't have that funny looking snakeskin effect like Elixrs do.
  8. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
    Elixir Optiwebs. Hated them. On one tele-type guitar they were painfully bright.
  9. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    This made me look up "guitar string stretcher". Low and behold, such a thing exists:

    I do the same thing up and down the neck with my fingers, so probably won't be buying this.
  10. Dead Roman

    Dead Roman Country Gent

    Dec 22, 2015
    Those new ernie ball paradigm strings are garbage
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  11. Junior94

    Junior94 Gretschie

    Jul 29, 2017
    My dad used to brag about how good black diamond strings were. I always wanted to try a set thinking the were the bees knee's. I guess I'll stick to what i used.
    If any one remembers Walmart made some guitar strings. I bought a pack a couple of times those things were bad... But the tone for the first day and only the first was heavenly. It was like phosphor bronze but more piano like. But like i said tone lasted the first day and died. And about a week of moderate use the windings would break off on the low E string. Cheap guitar strings and come to think about it they are the kind of strings that come on those guitars that come on the shopping networks channels. Y'all know the one. It comes with a guitar, a case, an amp, back up strings, a cleaning cloth, and instructional DVDs, a $1500 value yours only for $199. Wretched guitars
  12. afire

    afire Country Gent


    The old Pyramid Gold hex-core flatwounds. Worst strings ever. Ungodly stiff, completely inconsistent with the wound strings ranging from completely dead to just a hint of sparkle. And $20-$30 per set depending on who's ripping you off.

    I don't know if they even make them anymore. I've heard that the new round-core Pyramid Golds are much nicer, very similar to Thomastik Infeld. I have no doubt that change solved the stiffness problem, but after the consistent inconsistency I experienced, I'll just stick to the always excellent, slightly cheaper Thomastik Infelds for my flatwound needs.
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  13. wilblee

    wilblee Synchromatic

    May 23, 2013
    TX Hill Country
    A friend once opined that Black Diamonds were designed by someone who lost his girlfriend to a guitarist.

    Pretty much my experience as well.

    I like the sound and feel of Pyramids, but when I tried them I had to pull from three sets to string my guitar because of all the dead strings, so I leave those alone now.

    NYXLs for me.
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  14. zebulon

    zebulon Gretschie

    Aug 8, 2017
    worst electric guitar is DR anything suck
    acoustic is the cleartones or elixr polywebs lifeless
  15. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    +1 on the Ernie Ball Cobalts. Rough/old feeling right out of the package and seemed to be pretty scooped in the mids w/ a pronounced and to me unpleasant "zing" quality to the highs. I only tried them on one guitar so maybe they'd work better w/ others? They did seem very stable, well assembled, and seemed to last for ever... I really like the M Steels and Paradigms though and they both seem similarly well assembled and long lasting. The M Steel still have a bit of a scoop but a very nice quality to the attack to my ears. The Paradigms seem very even in response and feel very nice to me.

    GHS Boomers are awesome as burner strings IMO (like when you know you're going to unstringing/restringing a bunch of times when you're putting a new one together/etc.) when you can find them at Best Buy for a dollar a pack. Not much good for anything else...

    NYXLs seem to have a good feel and a nice sound but seem to wear out and divot way quicker than just about any other string I've tried.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2017
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  16. slimwilson

    slimwilson Synchromatic

    Dec 22, 2015
    Mobile, Al
    May be my issue as I don't own either. Nothing but Gretsches and Gibsons in my stable
  17. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    I dislike just about any brand of "coated" string. I have a pet peeve about how the coating breaks down and begins to "fuzz" rather quickly. I've never been able to discern a true advantage to using these strings.
  18. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    Black Diamonds were made in NJ if they're the ones i'm thinking of, my Aunt worked there.
    I used D'addario xl .10's for most of my life, the xl Ny's are allright.
  19. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Well, you may be surprised, but I never really hated any strings... Simply because I never used nearly anyrthing else than Dean Markley (red sleeve) and Ernie Ball (orange sleeve) 10-52 LT Top HVY BTM for 35 years !

    I would consider the Dean Markley superior to the Ernie Ball in terms of life expectancy, though.

    I always solder-tin the string braided lower attachment bout for better tuning stability, since nearly all my guitars have a tremolo.

    You may argue that I don't know what good strings are : you're probably right ! But these two Std. String sets fills my needs, so...

  20. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Thanks for the input on the M-Steels and Paradigms.

    BTW - GHS Burnished Nickel (now called Burnished Nickel Rockers) are really nice for Srats and Teles.