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    i've used 10-52 in D standard for years, think the 48/49 would be too, i dunno...

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    I switched to D'Addario many years back, and ever since they released their NYXL's, in both regular, hybrid, and balanced tension sets, why on Earth would I even need to try something else?


    I mean, I'd love to A/B, but I've got way too much going on in life right now. I barely have time to practice, as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noodles View Post
    10-52 rules on short scale guitars. It’s what I use on all my Les Pauls. I’ve always liked heavy sound strings, since I pick like a Viking.
    10-52 are also going on my SG once I make some of the other mods and get around to changing the strings

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    10-52 are, to me, horribly unbalanced, and I don't mean because it's two sets put together (obviously, it's a hybrid set, not meant to be balanced)... but for drop tunings especially, the second/third strings are horrendously tight compared to the low 52, down in C#/C especially.

    I pick hard, but it's not about that for me. If I were just playing straight up riffy/fast metal then I'd stick with it, absolutely. But I don't. I need a bit more finesse in the left hand, big bends, big squeels, big vibrato, lots of mojo and personality. I just can't do that in a way that feels fluid with tight strings

    10-46 in Eb for me is perfect, what I've been using for years. I swap the 46 out for a 52 for drop C#. But I've just gone down to D standard/drop C. 11's don't feel nice on a 25.5" superstrat, so 10's are fine, but the lower 3 strings are just that tiny bit too spaghetti-like. The extra little jump in gauge is just what I was after.
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    I've just used these D'Addario 10.5-48 in E Standard, worked really nicely:

    D'Addario EXL110+

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    I keep forgetting about those. Problem is, not a lot of stores carry them. Not that anybody buys strings from a store anymore... But I don't want to get stuck with a string gauge I can't grab from a store in an emergency.

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    My biggest problem with Ernie Balls is they die as soon as you look at them, I've never played another brand of strings with such a short lifespan.
    I'm so metal I shit bats

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattayus View Post
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    I haven't used Ernie Ball for about 15 years. But finally, someone's done a sensible hybrid 10s set!

    9-46? Great. That's two adjacent sets mashed together.
    10-52? Gr... wait, what? You've skipped a set! 10-48/9!! Why has nobody done it until now?! (Dunlop have but they absolutely suck)

    I had this conversation with a Daddario rep a couple of years ago. He didn't see my point. Thought I was being dumb and it didn't matter because 10-52 was one of their best sellers. Great. Probably is. But I'm now forced to go to another brand because you didn't see my point, dipshit.

    I've ordered a couple of sets. Will swap the 48 out for a 52 for drop C but the 10-48 Will be perfect for Eb/D standard. They could suck. But who knows. Does anybody even use Ernie Ball around here?
    D'addario do a 48-10.5 set I order in bulk. It's called the EXL110+. Love that set. I use it for Eb on 25.5s. I usually bulk order those and the EXL 116 (52-11) set to always have on hand, since they work for the tunings I like on pretty much anything.

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