i did a search, and nothing came up so i thought i make a thread about strings.
a lot of people, mostly beginners i think, dont really care too much of strings. i guess the general guitarists thinks the tone comes from the pickups and amp etc... however, if you compare two guitars, one being a higher end and the other a lower end, with the same pickups and wood, you'll notice the higher end one has better tone and warmth all because of better quality wood.
a lot of the tone will come from the wood, depending on good quality, bad quality etc... and also the type of fretboard wood you have. maple gives a brighter attack, while rosewood gives a more warmer tone, and ebony:
i've been told that ebony is a more durable wood, being harder, so it's
more suited for metal because of a crisp sound you can get out of it.
rosewood, is softer so you can actually manipulate your sound better.
again, this is what i was told. your thoughts?
anyways; a lot of general people do not take strings and picks into consideration.
stuff i heard about ligher gauge strings;
easy to use
easy on bending
you can shred... faster
better for leads
it's easier to get a buzzing nose
sometimes even rattle
people claim to play sloppier on lighter gauge
i dont play heavier gauge, but i am going to move up just to see whats up.
more bottom end
more stress on fingers
lose on speed if you're used to lower gauge strings
more difficult to bend
If you plan on changing strings one thing you can try is take some notes on different packs. Keep the empty pack and write the date of when you put them, when you took them off, and just some notes on how you thought they sound. Try a bunch of sets and then look at your notes and decide which is best for you. For my electrics i use Beefy Slinky(11-54) on stop tailpiece, Skinny Top Heavy Bottom(10-52) on floyds. Both being in drop C. I've tried abunch of different brands and Ernie Ball works for me. They aren't amazing but i never brake them. Also i work at a music store so i get them for about 4 bucks a pack.