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January 28, 2013
5:03 pm
New York
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Hey Guys taking a poll out there. What Type of strings you use, Round, Half or Flat wound.  Currently Im using Round, have an extreme amount of scratching noise changing chords. Was wondering what everyone else uses.

Guitar: Gibson Les Paul Standard
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January 29, 2013
1:59 pm
West Virginia
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January 31, 2012

All my guitars are 6-String.  As for tuning I'm a pretty traditional guy. E , half-step down, and sometimes DD.  So I don't need any crazy string sizes. Lol.  For electrics I use Ernie Ball Regular Slinky's 10-46.  Acoustic guitars I use Elixir NanoWebs.  So my strings and tuning are pretty traditional.

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February 4, 2013
2:52 am
The Tone King
The Tone Lounge
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GHS Boomers or B52s.  GHS Boomers and I go back a long way, but I've been enjoying B52s lately.  10's

February 4, 2013
8:03 pm
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May 25, 2012

D'Addario or Ernie Ball round wound strings of various gauges and materials, depending on the guitar.

'67 reissue Stratocaster (Lollar pickups), AVRI Thinskin Jazzmaster, '69 reissue Thinline Telecaster (Lollar and Fralin pickups), '90 Tele Plus, Rickenbacker 660-12, Ibanez RG7321 - Marshall Class 5, JMJ30, Roland JC-55, Orange OR15H - a bunch of pedals
February 5, 2013
6:11 pm
London, UK
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February 3, 2012

D'Addario 12 - 60...on all my guitars, I play in C standard so I need the extra thickness!

Guitars: Washburn A20V Black, made in 1984 - Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom - Epiphone Les Paul Custom Cherryburst (2003 Korea) - Epiphone Flying V Jeff Water (heavily moded) Amps: Orange Rocker 30 - Marshall Lead 12 Pedals:: EHX Big Muff, EHX Bass Big Muff, ProCo You Dirty Rate, MXR DistortionIII, MXR Carbon Copy, EHX Micro Metal Muff, EHX Electric Mistress, Geiger Gate (Decimator Clone), Hardwire Poly Tuner, BAT Ritual, Colorsound Overdriver Clone, OCD Clone, Crybaby 95Q
February 11, 2013
11:05 am
The Tone King
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I've been working on some Zakk Wylde licks lately - and now I understand why his high E, B strings are so thick ... I may be switching up to a pair of Dunlop ZW strings ... I'll let you know how it goes.

March 1, 2013
10:43 am
Ottawa ON, Canada
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September 17, 2011

firefighter2711 said
Hey Guys taking a poll out there. What Type of strings you use, Round, Half or Flat wound.  Currently Im using Round, have an extreme amount of scratching noise changing chords. Was wondering what everyone else uses.

If you've got a lot of scratchy noise between chords you might want to look at your string choices, but you may also want to take a    look at your own technique (NO I'M NOT SAYING ANYTHING NEGATIVE).


I'm not sure because you didn't mention, but I'm assuming you're experiencing the sound on your acoustic guitar rather than an electric. For my acoustic I use D'dario phosphor bronze mediums, (10-50 i think? don't remember?). If you're using a light gauge of strings, it may be playing a role in the scratching, as they're easier to get moving due to the smaller mass of the string.


Another thing to take into account is that EVERYONE goes through phases of being over-analytical in their own playing. Something that sounds huge to you may be completely negligible to someone else.


IF you notice that you get sore fingers after around 30 minutes of playing, it may be because you're simply just dragging your hand along the strings a bit too heavily, the simple solution would to be just to lighten up your grip and try to relax yourself a bit when you play.


And if none of this stuff works, just reply back or try to contact me with more specifics such as if you're playing electric, distortion, strings, genre of music you're playing, etc.


Good luck!


B.C. Rich Vintage Mockingbird, Fernandes Ravelle, Italian ECO Cassical Guitar, Eastman Handmade Acoustic.  Ibanez TS9, Danelectro Trip L Wah, Line 6 FBV Express MKII, Boss NS-2 Jim Dunlop Jazz 3 Max Grip Picks, Jim Dunlop 1mm Nylon Picks.  Line 6 Spider IV 75, Bugera 6262 Infinium, Custom Built V30 2x12. KRK Rokit Powered 8's, M-Audio Profire 610. Shure SM58, Shure SM57, MXL 770.
April 13, 2013
11:41 pm
Between Hell and High Water
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October 16, 2011

I use Dean Markley Vintage Reissue 9s mostly. I am currently trying a set or two of Rotosound 9s. I like those also. Technique probably has a lot to do with your dilemma but also check your gain setting. Maybe turn that down a bit and see what happens.

May 19, 2013
1:08 pm
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February 28, 2011

What do you mean scratching sound. Are you precise with your chord changes, I see people fumble around a lot and that can create a weird scratching sound but its all part of playing. If youre looking for something that wont have that sound try Flatwounds, they remind me a lot of nylon strings. They do not resonate as well. I just got rid of flatwounds off my hollowbody because they dont ring out as much and you cant do bends for shit. it all depends on your playing preference. if you play jazz or country the flatwounds would be perfect for you. if not just practice on chord changes til you get it down to how you want it to sound.

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