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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Bright strings for a Les Paul? does that make sense

Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
Aug 14th, 2017 01:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Having been a Fender man I use D'addrio 10's for years and quite happy with them . I recently picked up a epi les paul and find that I need to change the strings more ofter than my fenders as the loss of brightness doesn't hurt a tele or strat but certainly does a LP. I love the way it sounds with brand new strings and would like to keep that tone longer.Anyone know of a string that maintains it's brightness longer that would compliment the darker tone of a LP.

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So. Cal. USA

Aug 14th, 2017 01:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've used Ernie Ball strings for years, pretty much all my life, on my Les Pauls, Yes they will dull out, then it's time for a new set. I would change them every gig when I played out more often and used the Paul almost exclusively.

I've been putting Elixer strings (nanoweb) on guitars I don't play often and they seem to hold up well on my Jazzmaster and Jag.


michigan usa

Aug 14th, 2017 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Stainless perhaps? Haven't tried them myself...

EB Cobalts are quite bright sounding and seem to stay that way though they're comparably pricey.

Never liked the D'adds; the only strings I ever used that made any electric sound dull.

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Memphis, TN

Aug 14th, 2017 03:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

D'Addario NYXL's

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Memphis, TN

Aug 14th, 2017 03:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

D'Addario NYXL's


Yorkshire, England

Aug 14th, 2017 04:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

I used Slinkys for years and I'm now using Gibson Brite Wires, owing to EB spotty QC.



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Aug 14th, 2017 07:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another vote for the EB Cobalt strings. I use them on every guitar I own and have been getting good tone and they stay in tune for long periods. They do have a brighter edge to the sound but they do wear well and only change them when they start to need a lot of tuning. This can be a very long time, but I just wipe them off, along with the neck and you'll be surprised at how well they perform and stay in tune.
Watch for Guitar Center to run a special on them and get 3 packs for $20. I use the 10's and 11's and have been buying them since they first offered them. WOW, I guess that has been quite a while!!!

FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Aug 16th, 2017 05:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use stainless strings on *EVERYTHING*.

They sound better to me than the stock Gibsons did (and they were very, very fresh as the guitar was quite young when it shipped versus production dates).

But I want clarity and top end - I can still get it to dark, ugly jazzbox range with the tone controls, but can't treble spike dark strings!



Aug 31st, 2017 07:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Try the EB coated strings with the Titanium windings on the ball ends. Nice EB slinky feel and tone with lots longer life. Use them on all my electrics including ES-349 and ES-339.

Tried Cobalts and they just felt rough to me.

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