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Best Strings for a Les Paul copy
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rgrabows
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 1:00 pm    Post subject: Best Strings for a Les Paul copy Reply with quote

Hello - I know this is based on personal preference, but what would be the best strings for a Les Paul copy?
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Dana
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the Gibson LP strings (.009's on some and .010's on others). I also use the Brite wires on occassion.

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Skybone
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2004 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I use Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky's (9 - 46), which are the same guage as the Gibson LP sets.

I like the EB's as they seem to last longer on my gear than other brands. This is of course IMO.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2004 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think you can define 'best strings' for any particular kind of guitar. It's down to you, your tone preferences, playing style and to an extent your skin chemistry.

I like D'addario 11's. Long lasting, very full sounding and slightly softer feeling than most other brands at that guage. And they have colour coded balls.

LP type guitars benefit greatly from using 10's instead of the standard 9's IMO due to the scale length. Then again, Brian May sounds pretty good with 8's and his guitar's scale is even shorter.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2004 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to put 0010 D'addarios XXL but a good friend an old semi-pro guitarist recomended me New Gibson Vintage 0010(sealed packed) and they suite very good.I feel D'addarios a little soft and treble sounding than Gibson vintage.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2004 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crumbs, I wish I could get Lays S.I.T. strings here in the UK again. They are the best on anything and they're cheap too.

In the mean time, I'm currently using D'addario and paying silly money for them.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2004 7:50 pm    Post subject: strings Reply with quote

pyramids on everything. strats, gibbys, tokai....or everly rockers are nice too.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2004 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the tone of D'Addario's but they just wouldn't last through a gig, so I use EB's coz they're as tough as old boots

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Dr. Wu
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2004 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gibson Vintage Reissue, pure nickel wound. Very nice.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2004 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PHEW! It's lucky we have a choice guys as the preference is endless.
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Paladin2019
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2004 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oldflame wrote:
Crumbs, I wish I could get Lays S.I.T. strings here in the UK again. They are the best on anything and they're cheap too.

In the mean time, I'm currently using D'addario and paying silly money for them.


Lee, how much are you paying for those d'ads?

Stringsdirect.co.uk sell triple packs for about a tenner, that's where I go for mine.

One of my locals charge ?8 a pack. EIGHT POUNDS. I've never set foot in that shop since I found out.
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kherman
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2004 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another D'Addario 11-49 fan here.
Been my choice of string for years now.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 9:31 am    Post subject: Deeaddarrios Reply with quote

Paladin,

That's handy to know...thanks
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tokaigeezer
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2004 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the best strings would be ... eh ... free!

I hop around from brand to brand. DRs are good and last longer than most IMO but they cost more. The Ernie Ball purple slinkies (with the lower end bass strings and 11s for the high E, I think ? wow are these great with a detuned Strat) have a great fat tone for Les Pauls, but I'm trying to stick to 9s or 10s to prevent another tendonitis incident, at least 9s on the Strats I play every day. Even the cheapy D?Addarios are basically OK. I think Ernie Ball Slinkies tend to discolor my fingertips more than most after awhile. I don't see a colossal difference in any brand in the 9-10 range. I've used Fenders on Gibsons and vice-versa. For jazz stuff on 11s I?ve enjoyed the DRs and the Thomastic-Infelds.

I buy strings at the local shop if they aren't too outrageous, because strings have a high gross margin and that's partly how they can stay in business, because they really don't move that many guitars or basses or amps. It's like film pays the bills at a camera shop. I think buying mega-cheap strings at some of the bigger Web sellers is bad overall, because it eventually hurts the little guys, and I want the little guys to stay around. The local Fender dealer just boarded up his place, and that is sad. I have bought a case or two of strings online in the past, but I try to spend it locally.

I think that given the overall decent quality of most major brand strings, that guitar picks can make more of a tonal difference. I use Dunlop Big Stubbies (3.0 mm thick) and while they take some getting used to, can produce a really fat tone, and the pinch harmonics are decent, too. The Pickboy CelTex heavies have better harmonics, but the Dunlops are fatter. They are rigid, totally inflexible. For the ultimate fat sound I use the edge of the pick - it's like a purple rock. They also make a triangle Big Stubby, but that seems like a drink coaster to me. Sound good, though.

While I'm rattling on (and off the topic, actually, as I usually do wander ) I sometimes find some interesting pick-shaped tumbled stones at the local rock and mineral show that work well as picks. I've even used bits of clam shells when I lived in coastal New Jersey. I know someone who uses picks made out of old piano keys. I usually play with the Dunlop and two fingers. But I also play with just my fingers for some single-line stuff - I believe that gives the best overall control of the strings, although it beats up your skin. Clarence Gatemouth Brown just uses his fingers and that old guy can really fly around the fretboard!
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ZeKink
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been using DR 0.11-0.50 in my Tokai Loverock since summer, and I really like them. The sound lasts longer than in for example D'addarios (which I think are the worst, except the "pro arte" nylon strings) so they don't need to be changed so often. I also like the purple Ernie Balls (0.11-0.4, but I think the 0.48 E -string is a bit too "soft".
I have those purple slinky's in my ibanez jpm "shred guitar", but I think 0.10-0.52 would fit it better.
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