Stringkiller main strings for Electrics.
Ernie Ball Super Slinky Yellow packets 10 to 48
These are my main strings - advantages include being able to buy them individually in most Paris shops.
Ernie Ball Super Slinkys have a consistent quality and normally last between 1 to 2 months.
I am trying these DR Pure Blues on my Fender Telecaster 52 Reissue and so far so good.
I like the feel of the strings and the thicker bass string gauges.
They sound and feel great and one can bend and tweak them a little bit more with ease.
DR claim better tone through their windings, easier bending and long life, these strings back up their claim.
Down side they are a little on the treble side at the beginning.
I have also been trying these D'Addarios on my Parker Fly. They were OK - now I am using Exilir Strings and on the Parker Fly they are ideal.
The Parker Fly guitar sounds great with the electric signal going through the Full Drive and Déja Vibe and the acoustic signal going direct to the band's Soundcraft sound desk. OR the acoustic signal through the Deja Vibe and the Electric through the Full Drive II to the Soundcraft sound desk.
For those of you who read Vintage Guitar I thought the Gigmeisters latest articles (April May 2002) on going amp less were interesting as we have gone throught the same through the same thing.
I also have D'Addarios on my ES 335 and TomAnderson Hollow T. I find them a bit brighter than Ernie Ball, they are OK as substitutes.
Robert Pionner, the other original Dr Pickup guitarist swore and stills swears by D'Addarois. Also my friend Sebastien of Lead guitars is rather partial to them.
I have scheduled some more DR strings for either Lucille or the ES 335 and Elixirs for the Tom Anderson
Taylor recommends Elixir strings for their acoustics and Tom Anderson recommend Elixirs for their electrics. On the strength of that I decided to check them out. These guitar strings are coated in a Goretex finish and are more expensive than regular guitar strings.
They are not easy to get in France, one can't buy them individually and they cost a lot more than regular strings.
The dudes in guitar shops, the ones that don't have them Elixir in stock will go to great lengths to tell you the extra you have to pay isn't worth it. When they say that I KNOW they have never tried these strings on a good acoustic or electric guitar.
Since trying them on my Taylor I have not used any other strings. My acoustic stage partner Stirling wasn't too enthusiastic about the cost and the initial feel of Elixirs. Now they are the only strings he uses on his Taylor 815, already a great sounding guitar but even sweeter with these strings.
They sound great - feel a little funny for the first five minutes - intonate and sustain well and they are long lasting. People are always asking ' Wow that guitar sounds great - did you just restring it?'. I find a heavily played set can last three months.
So even though they cost three times more than other strings they last three times longer and sound better the whole way through.
Now I have them on the Parker Fly it sounds even clearer and sweeter.
Now I just have to find some one to sell me Elixirs in bulk for both Acoustic and Electric guitars.
Be sure to check Dr Pickup's upcoming concert dates