Is it me, or have Daddario's gone to shit?

Ventura

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There may not be a difference in tone but there is definitely a difference in feel and tension.

EB and GHS 9s are way slinkier than D'Addario 9s
GHS have a round wound core which adds a lot to feel; more costly to manufacture than hex core too - yet, they're pretty inexpensive.

I've used EBs, I found them to be great out of the bag but dead in a few days - dull - lifeless.

I don't think there's a right or wrong at all out there - between playing styles, axes used, skin/secretion chemistry, etc - the best string can be shit for the next guy and vice versa. Just play what makes ya happy - but - BUT - of all the "spare packs" I have due to installation and premature breakage?? D'Adds fail the most for me.
 

Devin

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Just throwing this out there - while there are definitely differences in perceived tension between different brands of strings, 90% of the time that I come across a guitar that seems super stiff feeling, it's because there is too much relief in the neck
 

bhuard75

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How so? Do they still sound like new strings for twice as long?
For my playing regiment [generally an hour a day, everyday] a set of StringJoys last me almost as long as three cheap sets. I also wipe my strings quick with fast fret after every playing session to help them last.

EDIT: Yes they feel like new strings for much longer of the strings life. I also play them hard FWTW.
 

Metalhex

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For my playing regiment [generally an hour a day, everyday] a set of StringJoys last me almost as long as three cheap sets. I also wipe my strings quick with fast fret after every playing session to help them last.

EDIT: Yes they feel like new strings for much longer of the strings life. I also play them hard FWTW.
With that kind of review, I am now tempted to buy a pack a give it a try
 

romanianreaper

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With the occasional exception in a pinch, I've used Ernie Ball or D'Addario since 1985. In high school I started using Ernie Ball and then years ago someone mentioned the other and I switched. I've thought about trying something else one day. I can't stand changing strings. My playing style is a lighter touch so breaks never happen...but they do. Lol
 

Nigel

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I got two 10 packs of D’Addario XL110’s at Bargain Hunt for $9 ea a couple weeks ago. Selling both this morning for $40.

After reading this thread, I think I’ll stick with my Fender 150’s and EB Paradigms.
 

Devin

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I got two 10 packs of D’Addario XL110’s at Bargain Hunt for $9 ea a couple weeks ago. Selling both this morning for $40.

After reading this thread, I think I’ll stick with my Fender 150’s and EB Paradigms.

EB Paradigm Hybrid Slinkies are my favorite strings ever
 
I just confirmed why I don't like Slinkys. I haven't played in at least two years so I needed to setup a few guitars. I used my normal D'Addario strings for 3 guitars but today I setup my JP6. I was going to put a set of D'Addario's on the JP6 but I had a spare pack of 10 - 46 Slinkys so I'd figure why not. After putting the EB's on the JP6 I noticed right off the bat that the tension on the EB's are noticeably lighter than D'Addario's which I don't like so off with the EB's.
If I had to change strings weekly, I'd have to be put in a mental institution. I'd rather have a colonoscopy than change strings, lol.

I hear you LOL! I just started playing again after taking a 2 year break. Since Thursday I've setup and restrung 6 guitars and half of them have floyds. I still have 3 more to setup. If I had to do this every week or two I would go insane.
 

RevDrucifer

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I've had really good luck with the NYXL's. I've been using those on several guitars for a few years now. The last year I've been recording and have been changing strings quite a bit, on basses and guitars, I've mostly used D'Addario's the whole time and haven't run into a single issue with them.

Edit-

I love changing strings! It's like taking a shower! They feel all nice and fresh after, sound all bright and punchy! It's like a little meditation/self-care time with my guitars/basses. Every time my buddy comes over he brings an extra pack of strings and one of his guitars over so I can change the strings on it. Not sure why I do, I just really enjoy the process.
 

NaturalBornBoy

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I love changing strings! It's like taking a shower! They feel all nice and fresh after, sound all bright and punchy! It's like a little meditation/self-care time with my guitars/basses. Every time my buddy comes over he brings an extra pack of strings and one of his guitars over so I can change the strings on it. Not sure why I do, I just really enjoy the process.

I love it too.

And I love polishing the frets on my guitars that do not have stainless steel frets. I do that every string change.
 
I've had really good luck with the NYXL's. I've been using those on several guitars for a few years now. The last year I've been recording and have been changing strings quite a bit, on basses and guitars, I've mostly used D'Addario's the whole time and haven't run into a single issue with them.

Edit-

I love changing strings! It's like taking a shower! They feel all nice and fresh after, sound all bright and punchy! It's like a little meditation/self-care time with my guitars/basses. Every time my buddy comes over he brings an extra pack of strings and one of his guitars over so I can change the strings on it. Not sure why I do, I just really enjoy the process.
Showers are overrated! Lol, setting up another guitar as I speak.... this one is a seven string with a floyd. I love Floyd's but I hate setting them up.
 

romanianreaper

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I've had really good luck with the NYXL's. I've been using those on several guitars for a few years now. The last year I've been recording and have been changing strings quite a bit, on basses and guitars, I've mostly used D'Addario's the whole time and haven't run into a single issue with them.

Edit-

I love changing strings! It's like taking a shower! They feel all nice and fresh after, sound all bright and punchy! It's like a little meditation/self-care time with my guitars/basses. Every time my buddy comes over he brings an extra pack of strings and one of his guitars over so I can change the strings on it. Not sure why I do, I just really enjoy the process.
If all of us here on the forum are the Peanuts Gang, then I'm Pigpen...lol
 
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