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Permalink Telecaster - What kind of strings for surf?

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There are many tele players here so...

11g flats. D'addario are plentiful and reliable. Labella have a more prestigious name but aren't as consistent imo, and everything else is too fancy for me.

Nebula V

Recently switched from Webstrings 11g flats to the D'addario Half Rounds. Since I'm down to only 2 guitars
( Confused ) and I've got flats on my Jag I thought I would change things up a bit. Liking them a lot.

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Last edited: Apr 21, 2017 09:31:05

Regular, round wound D'Addario .010's
I end up using a Tele for so many different styles of music that I can't go wrong with these.

I don't subscribe to the idea that there is a "right" or "best" string for Surf or any other kind of music. We all sound a bit different when we play so whatever works for you to be able to create your music is the ticket, to my way of thinking at least.


Following the Dick Dale "format" your answer is probably: the biggest/heaviest gauge that your fingers can tolerate!

Last edited: May 25, 2017 10:24:51

I use flat .010's on my tele, but I use a plain "G", rather than wound. Works for me.

Otto & The Ottomans
Kennedy Custom Guitars

Old_Tele_man wrote:

Following the Dick Dale "format" your answer is probably: the biggest/heaviest gauge that your fingers can tolerate!

Exactly! Usually 11 or 12, but cause of bigsby it doesnt really like 12(
11 is just perfect.

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

Just for the record, I don't adhere to my own advice (ie: Dick Dale & heavy gauge strings) because I play many different music styles, so my strings are a compromise:

Fender 1550 pure nickel ground-wound (11, 15, 22w, 32, 40, 48)

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