what strings?

Discussion in 'Musicians' started by Howard, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. Howard

    Howard Member

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    hello.

    so a while ago i bought the rock smith 2014 package. it sbeen fun, but i just broke a string. i have the epiphone les paul junior guitar, and im going to take it to my local music shop to re-strung, the question i have is what strings to get? i am a beginner when it comes to guitar so some help would be welcome.
     
  2. wilchelus

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    GHS Boomers are cheap, get 9-to-42's.

    My preference is D'Addario's. But if you're only playing through your console, get the cheapest strings you can afford, and just wipe them down after each use.

    Also, check out some youtube vid's for step by step instructions on how to restring a guitar. It's really very easy to do, or if you have a friend that can play guitar, get him/her to show you.

    Restringing a guitar should only take at most 30mins, and that's with a quick clean of the fretboard and frets.
     
  3. Onthax

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    +1 for learning how to do it. It's super easy, handy to know and a great opportunity to clean up your guitar.
     
  4. coderx

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    DR medium - heavy will last forever and work your fingers.

    DR light - mediums have great tone / sustain.

    (I swear by DR strings).
     
  5. itsmydamnation

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    elixir..... all other string are for pesents.......
     
  6. crocodaVe

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    Ernie ball slinkys !

    DR as mentioned are real good too
     
  7. Marlborosmoker

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    I like elixirs when i can get them. Otherwise D'addario. I just find they last longer. As you're probably starting out i'd go with the lightest strings. 9-42 gauge probably be best. Just buy whatever is cheap so GHS boomers, Ernie Ball slinky's tend to be cheapest. But really you should learn how to do it yourself-plenty of tutorials out there. If you can tune your guitar and have wire cutters it's not much of a bigger step to do a full restring.

    The only thing I'd add is to make note of where the string broke. If it broke at the nut or at the bridge and continues to do so there might be a sharp edge causing the breakage.
     
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  8. clinic

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    I'm with this guy!

    Don't pay for a restringing, it aint worth it, just go buy some super slinkys and one of those cheap plastic winders and do it yourself, it isn't hard.
     
  9. Benno1988

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    Yep. Man they last!
     
  10. break

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    Really?

    Horses for courses... but I've always found them appalling for tone.

    I only use Elixir nanoweb strings these days. Expensive, but brilliant.
    9-42's would be perfect for beginner.
     

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