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nurktwin, April 1 in Creative Corner
I don't know if true or not but I heard that it's best or guitars play better with older strings on them. Makes sense in a way, they're broken in. I usually change mine when they start fraying, suddenly you're doing a slide and your finger runs into a sharpness. Quite unpleasant.
I use medium gauge as my sometimes aggressive style would have me breaking the lighter ones. I heard Dick Dale used to use giant ones, thickest humanly possible. Man, the sounds he'd make from that thing.
I've got a bag full of guitar strings from over the years, packs filled with strings.
I tend to leave strings on for quite a long time on my electric guitars. Acoustic strings seem to go dead faster, or maybe its just the nature of acoustic instruments that they need fresh strings to ring out. I also use medium gauge strings, 10 - 46 or thereabouts on the electrics. Always round wound strings.
Flatwounds I only ever tried once on my Rickenbacker 360. Didn't like them at all. I thought it made the guitar sound kind of dull. Very "thuddy", if that's a word. I do use flats on my one and only bass, which is a Hofner knock off. Makes the bass sound more like the old stand-up bass or "doghouse" they're sometimes called.
I'm gonna try Flats on my 1964 Gretsch Country Gentleman (Double cut like George's) and I already bought a set of LaBella Flat bass strings for my Hofner Beatle Bass.
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