Ernie Ball vs. D'Addario

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  1. ckr1231

    ckr1231 Active Member

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    I have been using D'Addario #.009 to .042 for several years. Today, I put a set of Ernie Ball super slinky #.009 to . 042 on one of my guitars. I noticed the tension is lighter or softer that the D'Addario for the same note. Does anybody else see a difference in string tension between different brands !!!!
     
  2. thrawn86

    thrawn86 Well-Known Member

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    I agree with your statement about the tension. I play D'As 10-46 and have for the last 8-9 years, switching from EB-SS's. I didn't like how the EB's felt a little 'soft' to me, and I always seemed to break them.....never broken a D'A yet. I play a lot more rythym than lead, so that ability to flex the heck out of the string isn't super necessary for me, although I still can do it.
     
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    big dooley Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    somehow i find DA's a bit lifeless compared to EB's... like they are already used or something

    and indeed, EB's have a bit more flex into them... not that i care about that though... i play .012/.056's in a standard tuning

    i've tried different brands, but alway's keep going back to EB's
     
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    trobdcso New Member

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    I like EB the best. I use GHS about 1 out of 10.
     
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    +1

    A friend of mine says the EB's are like rubbers... :fingersx:

    I like the EB's more, but occasionaly I put some D'A strings on it just to keep things interesting
     
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    On my Maton acoustic, I still use DAddarios, but EBalls for Electric guitars.
     
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    I run D'addario's on all my electrics. my band always buy a big box EB SS's every summer, so I put a few sets of them on every now and then, and I keep going back to the D'Addario's on my electrics.
     
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    I use D'Addarios on my acoustic (medium gauge) and Ernie Balls on my electrics (11s for main guitar, 12s for slide guitar).
     
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    I'm a Dean Markley user, I used to use EB SS years ago, but seemed to break much more often. I do use D'Addarios on my classical and acoustic guitars.
     
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    :) I normally use D's but last time I went into GC for strings they had an insane 3 for deal on EB's so I bought them. I switch between these two brands.

    :):) TWIN
     
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    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    D's seem to rust/corrode quicker, so I use EB's exclusively now.
    I also got an insane deal at GC for 3 EB Regular Slinky's.
     
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    My assessment of the situation that we have here.

    D'Addario = Fantastic strings, long life, equal tone across the board for a longer period of time. Articulate to the touch of a pick and don't break.

    Ernie Ball = Very bright up front and great for recording because of this, Die within three to four days of heavy play, feel like rubber bands, break at the slightest hint of wear, flubbery and sloppy under heavy picks great for the guy who changes his strings every week, plays .42 picks and loves shiny things! :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Well I used to play D'Addario XL's for many years, but switched at some point to EB's. And yes, I was changing strings every five days no matter what.

    Now that I don't play as much, maybe I'll switch back over to D'Addario's.
     
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    I used EBs for a long time (a year is a long time when you have been playing about 2 n half years). But then I got recommended D'As. Much brighter tone, they seem to last longer and not loose the feel or sound for a long time! Havnt gone back since.
     
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  16. IbanezMark

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    I used EB's for years and always liked them. I just made the switch back to D'Addario..and I forgot what I was missing.

    The EB's sounded great for about a week, then they would be deader than a rubber band. The D'Addarios seem to last longer and they feel newer for longer. Slapped a set of 11-49's on my main strat and they sound/feel great :cool2:
     
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    i've used ghs boomers exclusively for years, but i added some ernie balls and d'addarios to my guitarcenter order today to give them a shot
     
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    I really like EB's when they are new. Very consistent. But I agree they are like a bic lighter. They die all at once, all of a sudden they are dead. And when they die, they suck. I buy them buy the dozen sets and I change my strings once a week so they are always fresh. I will say one of my favorite things about locking tuners is how quick n easy it makes a string change.
     
  19. IbanezMark

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    That gets expensive when you like to play lots of different guitars :lol:
     
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    Yeah it would! I just play one electric so it stays in the budget, especially if you buy them by the dozen sets. The last box I picked up was only 50 bucks for 12 sets....I find the EB's will last two weeks, I just like fresh strings.
     

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