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Unread 08-01-2010, 06:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ernie Ball vs. D'Addario

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 !!!!
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Unread 08-02-2010, 10:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Ernie Ball vs. D'Addario

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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Re: Ernie Ball vs. D'Addario

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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I like EB the best. I use GHS about 1 out of 10.
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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 !!!!
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A friend of mine says the EB's are like rubbers...

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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Re: Ernie Ball vs. D'Addario

On my Maton acoustic, I still use DAddarios, but EBalls for Electric guitars.
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Re: Ernie Ball vs. D'Addario

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.

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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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Re: Ernie Ball vs. D'Addario

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!
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Re: Ernie Ball vs. D'Addario

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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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
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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.
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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.
That gets expensive when you like to play lots of different guitars
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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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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.
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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.
Or if you are playing three times a week. D'A's will last and sound good for 8/10 shows if you wipe them down as soon as you come off the stage. I have my road tech wipe my guitar/s + strings down pre and post every gig or everytime any fingers hit them just to keep them fresh even after tuning. I know it sounds anal but it saves strings there for, saves money and time my tech has to spend tuning and setting up a bass and two guitars, less stress on him, the happier he is, the less he bitches, the less I have to pay him. it's all a circle!
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So I used D’Addario’s for the last 15 years and up until recently have been real happy with them, but lately it seems like their quality is slipping the sets don't last nearly as long as they used to and on my strat if you bang on the tremolo bar too much the strings die fast. The main reason I started using the D’Addario’s is that I can't get the strings I really like either in New Zealand or the US they are Picato SR 77 strings from the UK. So I was okay with the D’Addario's for a long time but now they're not so good, so I think I'm going to change to another brand. I used to use Ernie Ball strings when I was a youngster may well go back to them. As far as them feeling more tight tension wise may be that the D’Addario's are a bit tighter, but nothing to speak of in my opinion.
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This may be weird, but I actually like my EB's after about 5 days. I don't like a real bright string. The DA stays bright longer, which is why I don't use them.
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The EB's are softer in feel to me, but I break them to easily (using nine gauge). I use DA's currently.

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Well...Ive always used Fender 150's either SL or XL. Can't find them anymore, especially around here, so I tried a set of GHS boomers. Worst damned set of strings I have ever used. Bought a set of DA's, absolutely love 'em. They actually stay in tune. Didn't matter what I did to the boomers, the damned things wouldn't stayed tuned from one passage to the next, much less one song to the next. THe Da's have stayed in perfect tune for two weeks now. 'Nuff said.
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Boomers seemed, at least on my Les Paul, to have the weakest sound right out of the box; very dull. I don't know why. Maybe because they were designed to be played with tons of distortion 100% of the time. I'd rather have a versatile string, since my music and tastes bounce around. Same reason that I gave up Markley Vintage stings...they were geared toward the classic rock sound, and they did an exceptional job of it. But as soon as I needed high gain, they wouldn't sound so good.
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Thrawn, I didn't even give them a chance to see. I had them on My 'Paul for a week..period. They seriously would not stay in tune at all. A couple bends they moved tune badly. I'm used to getting a set of strings on, stretch them out, and not having to do more than a tweak till they get dull and need changing. SO far after two weeks of heavy play, the DA's are fitting the bill. 9-42's for the record. Sound great too. But then it's hard to sound bad with burst buckers on a Paul thru a full stack.
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My tech has tried almost every string on me and I only want EB Power Slinkys on all of my guitars. Been usin em for years and years. Not a problem with em goin dead ever,and I never break a string- and thats using a Floyd always crazily. I do clean em after using a guitar,I change em pretty frequent,and I do use Dunlop light tortex picks. I have 72 cnt bags of medium and heavier tortex's,bags of Dunlop nylons and gels in my toolbox, but will only and have only used the light tortex's forever. I throw out custom light picks with my logos on them made by Clayton and this other place our manager found.
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I hate D'Addarios. Have for years. I hate them so much that I won't use anything with the D'Addario or Planet Waves name on it. To me they feel and sound dead right out of the package. They aren't consistent, so every set that goes on requires a full setup and intonation, and I get about 3 hours out of them before they are black and disgusting. Not good value afaic.

I use GHS Boomers exclusively on my electrics and either GHS Silk & Steels or Thomastik Infelt Plectrums on my acoustic.
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