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Discussion in 'New Member Intros' started by BCWoodson, May 12, 2011.

  1. BCWoodson

    BCWoodson Newbie

    May 12, 2011

    I purchased my new Gretsch Electromatic with Bigsby whammy and floating bridge. It's a most beautiful maroon colored, retro guitar. I'm settling down to restring this bad boy and there are some questions I need answered first. The posts on this forum are going to be really helpful and much appreciated. Let's hope that I've something to contribute. Rock This Town!
  2. checugs

    checugs Gretschie

    May 16, 2010
    Congrats on your new Gretsch!
  3. BCWoodson

    BCWoodson Newbie

    May 12, 2011
    Thank you, thank you, checugs!
  4. BCWoodson

    BCWoodson Newbie

    May 12, 2011
    I have some D'Addario EXP16 bronze acoustic guitar strings laying around. Would they be alright for the Electromatic? I'm probably going to throw them on my Ibanez acoustic / electric and look for slightly heavier gauge, silver strings.
    Any recommendations?
  5. sroux

    sroux Country Gent

    Oct 6, 2008
    Baton Rouge Louisiana

    Congrats on the new guitar. May both your heads enjoy it...:D
  6. pilgrim

    pilgrim Country Gent

    Jun 15, 2010
    I would definitely use Electric guitar strings, I use D'Aderrio XL115's
  7. rogueguineapig

    rogueguineapig Electromatic

    Mar 31, 2011
    Prescott, AZ
    +1 on the D'Addarios...good lord, what a great string.

    I actually used Ernie Balls for years...I'm a D'Addario guy now...and very happy about it.
    Grats on the new Gretsch!! :D
  8. The Marlin

    The Marlin Friend of Fred

    Feb 2, 2011
    I use DR Blues 11's. in the words of the philisopher, Tony The Tiger, They'rrrrrrrre Grreeaaat!

    Mr Marlin
  9. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Hi BCWoodson, welcome to the forum!
  10. LATS

    LATS Country Gent

    Jan 3, 2010
    Kanata, Ontario
    We like pictures here, I dunno if that's because we're at a loss for descriptive words, or if we just have a collective addiction for guitar porn. Either way, pix of your guit would help with any diagnosis. Especially since you have not told us what model of guitar you have! :confused:

    The pickups on any electric guitar only work with disturbances in the magnetic field set up by the magnets in the pickups. Bronze-wrapped acoustic guitar strings are not going to do much good on your Electromatic.
  11. 68GuitarPlayer

    68GuitarPlayer Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    Clinton, Tn
    Hi BCWoodson, welcome to the forum!
    Another vote for D'Addario strings. I play with a wound third. always have, always will.:)

    Try some EXL 110w's 10-46 wound third.

    Post some pics of that Gretsch!
  12. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    Nice Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference! ;)
  13. Jukebox

    Jukebox Gretschified

    Jun 2, 2008
    Welcome to the G-T where pictures is a must.
  14. megabutter

    megabutter Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2010
    I like Ernie Ball Rock n' Roll Pure Nickel. I've also decided I really like what fender is doing w/ their pure nickel right now too. +1 to 11's and definately electric guitar strings!

    And yeah, nice hitch hikers guide reference! Where'd that come from? I missed it! But I do have a towel.

    Did you get it strung up easy??
  15. Topfooldugster

    Topfooldugster Electromatic

    Jan 9, 2011
    108 MIle Ranch BC
    Welcome to, wherever this is.... I bought a G5120 in February, and love it. I play 10's on most of my electrics, but I use d'addario 11's flatwound on my Gretsch, and it plays great. They are still lighter than the EXP 16s I use on my main acoustic/electric. So, we'll wait for the pics...
  16. bubblyah

    bubblyah Synchromatic

    Jan 17, 2010
    I have read a few times in magazies this year of artists switching between at least 3 brands of strings. Here's the theory. I guess when you put a new set of strings on a guitar it seems bright and full of life. When you keep replacing your strings with the same kind you guitar gets use to them and you lose a bit what you once had. So some artist rotate their strings and this helps keep that fresh, dynamic, bright, sound that you wowed over. I don't know if this is fact or not. I'm going to try it out with a few guitars.

    If anyone else has experience in this, I'd like to here you results.:D:D:D
  17. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    Tommy Emmanuel believes that. No disrespect intended to Tommy, I love the guy, but it's nonsense. I'll GIVE MY GUITAR to someone who can scientifically explain how a "guitar gets used to a certain brand of string"... it's patently absurd.

    I think the REAL explanation is the EAR gets used to a certain brand of strings on THAT guitar.
  18. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    +1. He obviously knows where the towel is. Hoopy!
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