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    Guys, I don't know if any of you has gone through this, but after years of trying to fool around with Elixir strings, and more recently, with those Ernie Ball cobalt strings, I've come back full circle to D'Addarios. Less than half the price of the other two, or any other fancy strings, these seem to sound just as great when they're new, and they seem to last long enough.

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    I quit screwing around and went to D'Addarios abut ten years ago and haven't flinched.
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    I buy D'Addarios in bulk for workbench stuff. I never feel bad about handing someone their guitar with them on it, and the price is right. Never liked the feel of coated strings. One exception is that if I plan on gigging or practicing a lot with one particular guitar I put Ernie Ball Cobalts on it. They feel great and sound great, and seem to require little or no stretching when new. And they last a VERY long time.
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    I've never strayed very far from d'Addarios but must admit I'm tempted to try EB Cobalts.
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    I just changed from EB Cobalts this afternoon to D'Addarios. To be honest, they were great in the beginning, and after about three weeks, maybe a little less, they started feeling strangely old - on all three guitars. When they were new, they definitely had a strong punch, I'll admit.

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    I'm still cheap, and still playing Musician's Gear strings from MF. They recently raised their prices to $2.29 a set, but shipping is free. They sound great to me, and last plenty long with hard playing. I do wipe my strings down with a GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner after every session. That one little trick really extends the life of a set of strings and the device has lasted me about 4 years so far.

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    I really should try the string cleaner - thanks!

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    For me, coated strings (Elixirs) work fairly well on my acoustic, which isn't played too often. My electrics are played too often and although I don't use a pick / plectrum, I rip off that coating in no time, resulting in dull sounding strings. You can litteraly see the residual coating hanging on the wound strings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Bb View Post
    I've never strayed very far from d'Addarios but must admit I'm tempted to try EB Cobalts.
    I use EB Cobalt on Strat, EB super slinky on others a couple of years. D'Addario, Dunlop and Gibson Brite very rare... Fender - never! Tried also DR, but except they looks fancy (neon series) regular strings didn't impressed me, not on single-coil nor humbuckers, despite "signature" title on envelope...


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    I put some Cobalts on a friend's guitar while I was setting it up, and thought they did sound very good. But I didn't get to do any long run playing on them to discuss their longevity.
    Some contend that rock 'n roll is bad for the body & bad for the soul
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