What Strings Do You Use???

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

  1. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    For years, I have had 11-52 Dean Markley on my SG Firebrand, with the idea that the heavier the strings the punchier the sound. Even if that was harder to hold barre chords during hours or bend (anyway, I'm not a soloist).

    And then it fell of the floor:

    Gibson SG CasséeWP_20180823_001600.jpg

    The luthier who fixed it told me I should restring with lighter gauge, then it's now 9-42. The sound is still great.

    I still have the 10-46 stock strings on my G2655T, after more than six months. I also had the same gauge 10-46 set by the shop who sold my second hand G3140. Don't know the brand.

    My Washburn D10CE has Martin Acoustic Bronze. Probably 11-52 , I'm not sure.

    I'm the kind of guy who rarely change strings. I know it's wrong. But I'm lazy.
    For instance, I still have not had the pleasure to change strings with a Bigsby (on my G2655T)
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  2. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Ouch!!!:eek: Any photos of how that was repaired?
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  3. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    The fix is really great and was not very expensive. You hardly notice it was broken:
    Gibson SG CRéparée2.jpg
    Gibson SG CRéparée1.jpg

    The photos are from the luthier's workshop, he sent them to my mobile once that was done. I wanted to make close-up photos in the sun, as one can see the shape of the broken part glued at the rear of the neck if looking closely. I probably forgot.
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  4. Pop1655

    Pop1655 Gretschie

    Feb 9, 2019
    Texas Hill Country
    I'd have to see a side shot, but that looks like a pretty darn good fix to me. One of the better I've seen.
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  5. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Yea, I agree that looks like a well-done job. I seem to remember someone telling me this is not uncommon on Gibsons. Whiplash takes its toll even in cases, as I understand it. I have never had to go through that. I sure hope I don't have to either. One thing I love about my Strats is they seem to be tanks when it comes to abuse. I wonder how Gretsch fares on situations like this.
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  6. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Wow, great repair job!
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  7. DennisC

    DennisC Synchromatic

    May 11, 2017
    I used Elixirs, 10s, for a long time.

    Tried out a set of EXL 110 on the 5420 and I'm quite satisfied and start wondering what the coating is all about - only advantage I recognize is they're a bit closer to silent slides, but not by that far I remembered. I may change this habit, but still have Elixir 9s on the Telecaster and 11s on the Streamliner.

    The EXL sound better by far! Something gets lost in the coating...
  8. wilblee

    wilblee Synchromatic

    May 23, 2013
    TX Hill Country
    I mostly use NYXL. 10-52 on my Falcon and my DGT, 9-46 on my Jet, Strats, and Teles.

    I say mostly because strings are cheap and it’s fun to explore, but I’ll keep NYXLs on my main gigging guitars until I discover something with a better combination of tuning stability and useful life.
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  9. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I see a lot of people are using heavier strings on their longer scales and lighter on their shorter scale guitar realative to the sizes they use. In my mind wouldn’t it make more send to use heavier on shorter scale and lighter on longer?
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  10. wilblee

    wilblee Synchromatic

    May 23, 2013
    TX Hill Country
    Yes, if your goal is to maintain as similar as possible string tension across all your guitars. In my case I put on the gauge that best let’s me play the guitar the way I wanna play that guitar. So my shortest scale (24.6") has 9-46, my longest (25.5") has 10-52 (Falcon) and 9-46 (Fenders and Larrivée). My PRS guitars, all 25" have 10-52 on the DGT and 9-46 on the SC250 and the McCarty Hollowbody. None of it necessarily makes "sense", but it’s what I like best on those guitars.
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  11. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

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  12. Freshy

    Freshy Synchromatic

    Sep 30, 2017
    Homosassa FLA
    Thomastik Infeld Jazz Swing 10-44 flatwound on my hollowbody electrics
    Ernie Ball Regular Slinkys (10's) on my solid body electrics
    Gibson Masterbuilt Phos Brnz 10-47 on my Alvarez Acoustic
    La Bella Deep Talk'n Bass Flat on my Squire PBass
    La Bella Black Nylon Tape on my Amoon JBass
    The La Bella's on my basses cost about 60% of what the basses cost.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2019
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  13. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Gretschie

    Jun 2, 2008
    Fort Collins, CO
    On the Gretsch, D'Adarrio EXL .011, unwound third.

    All over the map on other guitars, but mostly D'AD's ranging from .009 hybrid sets, .0095 & .010 sets. Except my Esquire Partscaster. It likes Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinkies. I don't know why, but they just play and sound best on that guitar.

    Elixers on the acoustics.
  14. larryr

    larryr Gretschie

    Mar 6, 2012
    Camarillo, Ca.
    I love Curt Magnan strings. I use their 10.5 to 48 strings on my Gretsch and I'm able to make up a set to my own liking for my tele.
    Been through a lot, these feel good. Buy in 6 packs and it's under $7 a set
  15. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    GHS Boomer 009-042 on my solidboies. 010-046 on my hollows.
    I used to play 012 sets on my strats because I liked the extreme difference to my 009 equipped (shorter scale) Gibsons. I found it to be inspiring like switching between a nylon string and a steelstring acoustic.
    Nowadays I am lacking callouses of steel. So I am using light strings on all of my guitars.
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  16. Butch Ammon

    Butch Ammon Gretschie

    Jan 3, 2016
    Richmond, VA
    On my Gretsch 5122:
    D'Addario 11-49 --- 1st choice
    Ernie Ball 11-48 --- 2nd choice
    On my Strat:
    D'Addario 10-46 --- 1st choice
    Ernie Ball 10-46 --- 2nd choice
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  17. captainmur

    captainmur Electromatic

    Sep 7, 2017
    D'Addario EXL140 Nickel Wound Light top/Heavy bottom 10-52 on Epi Elitist Country Deluxe Chet Atkins.
    D'Addario EZ890 85/15 Bronze Round Wound Super Light 9-45 on acoustic Takamine EAN 30C.
  18. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    That video makes the price of strings seem well worth it!
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  19. ALS57

    ALS57 Gretschie

    Jun 17, 2019
    Hi there, if you have these on a hollow body how do the Rotosound reds sound unplugged? I tend to practice with the guitar unplugged and the Zebra DR strings I have sound pretty both ways. Please let me know. Cheers Al
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  20. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    The Rotosounds sound pretty good too unplugged. Easily enough volume to practice with...
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