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I have read his entire thread and I’m surprised that there has not been a single mention of the strings I use!

DR Zebras .12 - .52.

They are called “acoustic-electric” and are (I believe) a round core wound set with both nickel and brass. If you look up close they look like a zebra, or the Jungle Fever movie poster. I got them by accident years ago just wanting to try something different for an 80s MIJ strat. Since then they have gone on a MIM strat and an AVRI jag.

They have the perfect mix of thunky with bright, and they last many years, and just get better with time.

Just got the jag and immediately ordered the .13 - .56 set for that, as the .12s feel kinda wussy. The nut will need some filing and I’m too scared to do that myself so I’m gonna take it to someone for that. I’ll report back!

Mrgreen wrote:

seamoor
I think I have experimented with just about everything, over the years--but, in the end I always preferred pure nickel flats in most cases. I put 13's on a Jag, but have them backed down to 12's now, and am thinking about backing them down to 10's on my JM. I use TI strings, although I love Pyramids, which I have on a Ric 660-12. They seem more high tension to me than TI's, and my hands are not getting any stronger or tougher. Just the reverse. Gotta protect them, now. Look what happened to Phantom Frank! It can happen to you!

I realize this post is 10 years old but I wanted to chime in. Tendinitis absolutely does not bypass the muscle, it first inflames the muscle and eventually reaches the tendon. Muscles being vascular are much quicker to heal, which may give the impression of the inflammation traveling through it. The bottom line is this: if your arm, wrist or shoulder muscles continue to be sore after a few hours, especially days after playing - they are inflamed; further, that will eventually spread to your tendons and those will take months or years to heal. And they can only heal with zero pressure! Pressure = whatever motion caused the inflammation. Long story short, you’ll basically have to stop playing until they heal.

kick_the_reverb wrote:

For years I have been doing something similar with D'Addario ECG24‑7 7‑String Chrome Flat Wounds, so I am left with:
.015, .022, .030, .040, .050, .065
Guitar is tuned down a whole step to D.
I really wish there was a way to get all of them wound (the .015 is plain) but that is not possible.

I want this too! I’d love a whole set of wound rounds. The smallest wound I could find is a .17 from D’Addario...

Dan Izen

DeathTide wrote:

I have read his entire thread and I’m surprised that there has not been a single mention of the strings I use!

DR Zebras .12 - .52.

To be fair on the thread, putting acoustic guitar strings on an electric is pretty out there. Wink - By acoustic-electric, they mean... a Gibson L-5 or a Stratacoustic! There's something to be said though, for not playing by the rules: Surf Guitar particularly, we run guitar through bass amps, abuse vintage effects and run strings thicker than the fingerboard slab. This to me sounds a cool crazy-idea and I'd love to hear some samples of the tone. Nice!

I generally just run flats, but I do also love DR's coated strings - pink ones on my Stardust, Yellow ones on my Jag and Rainbow ones on a white strat. I think though I may phase them out after I burn though my current stock. The paint looks incredibly cool, but doesn't make them last longer; the material flakes off super quick; they only look good for a single gig. And I'm concerned about the environmental impact of these plastic coated strings. On Elixirs, where the plastic stays, and the strings actually last longer - it may be worth it. On these? Not so much.

kick_the_reverb wrote:

For years I have been doing something similar with D'Addario ECG24‑7 7‑String Chrome Flat Wounds, so I am left with:
.015, .022, .030, .040, .050, .065
Guitar is tuned down a whole step to D.
I really wish there was a way to get all of them wound (the .015 is plain) but that is not possible.

I want this too! I’d love a whole set of wound rounds. The smallest wound I could find is a .17 from D’Addario...

Dan Izen

You could always go into short scale bass strings from there. The E and A in that set are both thicker than the E on my bass after all. 17 to 70 could well be doable using a mix of electric and electric bass strings, in Flat or Round.

Tqi wrote:

DeathTide wrote:

I have read his entire thread and I’m surprised that there has not been a single mention of the strings I use!

DR Zebras .12 - .52.

To be fair on the thread, putting acoustic guitar strings on an electric is pretty out there. Wink - By acoustic-electric, they mean... a Gibson L-5 or a Stratacoustic! There's something to be said though, for not playing by the rules: Surf Guitar particularly, we run guitar through bass amps, abuse vintage effects and run strings thicker than the fingerboard slab. This to me sounds a cool crazy-idea and I'd love to hear some samples of the tone. Nice!

Dang it I have no idea how to attach an mp3. But here is a dropbox link to a short sample. It's the beginning of my adaptation of Czardas (renamed Shart Dash), a Hungarian folk song. The guitar is an 80s Japanese Squier (with an awesome thing D neck!) through a 1972 Twin.
(EDIT: It's from an early practice and very sloppy, tons of mistakes. So don't judge, I can play it better now!)

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v9nh5h4vp56cm2q/AADSfiNPE4deSjl26bOkMl0Ea?dl=0

I just took my new jag to the guitar shop here in NO and the dude said he'd never heard of anyone ever using those strings on an electric! I had no idea it was so weird. Kind of like when my cats got fixed I asked to keep their parts and they gave them to me in jars of formaldehyde as if it was no big deal. Later they told me no one had ever asked for that before - dang!

Anyway - open message to folks on this board - try Zebras! They are not too bright and not too dull, a perfect blend in my opinion. They only make them up to .13 - .56 though.

Tqi wrote:

You could always go into short scale bass strings from there. The E and A in that set are both thicker than the E on my bass after all. 17 to 70 could well be doable using a mix of electric and electric bass strings, in Flat or Round.

Huh! That would be interesting. The guitar shop dude said going wound can mess up the intonation, even for a wound G. Which I love. I hate how screechy the non-wound strings are. They are so much better after they age and get dull. A fellow on this board many years ago in this thread mentioned using chapstick to dull - I've been doing that! It hasn't seemed to affect the high strings yet but it might have dulled the wound strings a little...

Dan Izen

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