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Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by david henman, May 13, 2010.

  1. Mooh

    Mooh Gold Member

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    I recently switched to buying D'Addario EJ16 and EXL110 by bulk boxes of 25 sets. Way cheaper. There's a little piano shop in Blyth Ontario that gave me a good deal. I'll be going back. Pianovations

    Peace, Mooh.
     
  2. david henman

    david henman

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    ...took a look. the prices are good, but not great - roughly the same as long & mcquade, i think.

    i do understand that, living in fergus, whatever store is near you probably charges a lot.

    the local store in bolton, music 21, charges almost triple what i'm used to paying.
     
  3. Swervin55

    Swervin55 Gold Member

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    I noticed on JustStrings site that they won't ship Elixir's into Canada (if I'm reading correctly). Perhaps Elixir protects their Canadian distributor?
     
  4. Jim DaddyO

    Jim DaddyO

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    I usually just go to L&M for my strings...the Squier I use super bullets .010 -.048? The S&P and Yamaha acoustics I usually get what ever light bronze wound I see, usually Martins. The Heartbreaker, I have set it up for GHS Boomers .011 -.050 (I can't find Nickel Rockers). I don't change them often, I think I have only ever broken 3 strings in my life playing. I kinda like them old and grungy too.
     
  5. rollingdam

    rollingdam Gold Member

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  6. Bronco

    Bronco

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    I created a solution to the problem of buying guitar strings online in Canada. No long waits for shipments from the US, no expensive shipping charges. Just guitar strings in your mailbox, faster and cheaper than any competitor.

    https://www.buyguitarstringsonline.ca
     
  7. Greg Ellis

    Greg Ellis

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    I'm on my second 10-pack of D'Addarios from Strings and Beyond. Their "special" price of $44, and free shipping, makes it a pretty attractive deal.
     
  8. cboutilier

    cboutilier

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    This is a good thread. I've recently switched to a gauge that isn't stocked in any stores around me, so I need to acquire a stockpile of them
     
  9. Lord-Humongous

    Lord-Humongous Gold Member

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    Admin - obvious spam/click bait/malware or something of the sort.

    <I have also clicked the 'report' button>
     
  10. Lord-Humongous

    Lord-Humongous Gold Member

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    Strings & Beyond has free shipping to Canada on orders above $35. And somewhat regularly they have a promo with free shipping on any size order. I've had good luck ordering from them, but it does take two weeks or so to get an order in Canada. Interestingly, if I ship to my place in Florida, it takes only two days.
     
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  11. SurfGreenStrat

    SurfGreenStrat

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    I find it incredible how many players prefer old strings for their "tone" (I'd call it a lack of tone though, lol). Have any of you guys ever tried flatwounds on guitar? I feel like, by the time the strings sound "old" they're sticky, grimy and they have dents from the frets which leads to not-so-perfect tuning or intonation. Flatwounds will give you the old broken in string tone, but without the dents or any crap on the strings.

    On the topic of sticky strings, after using GHS Fast Fret (it's basically just mineral oil on a handy applicator) on my strings, any guitar off the wall in a music store feels awful. Not even if they're rusty, just the sticky grime they get from being handled/played a bit. It only takes a few days (at least here in humid Ottawa) without the mineral oil applied, to get that sticky feeling. Legato feelsbadman.
     
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  12. zontar

    zontar

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    I normally go to L&M for strings--but they don't stock tapewounds for bass (& I'd like to try some) and rarely have shortscale bass strings.
    So those will be online.
    They don' always have a great selection of acoustic 12 either.
    Electric strings are good there--as I use Boomers.
    But I will probably have to be going on line for bass strings & possibly for my 12 string.
     
  13. colchar

    colchar Gold Member

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    A bit of a necrothread but.......................

    A few months ago I switched to using Vinci Strings and simply cannot recommend them highly enough. They were the company that invented the modern string making machines but Washburn bought them out at some point. They have been resurrected and I love their products. Gerry Garcia used them, Tony Iommi used them for a while, as did Carlos Santana. Jerry Rice still uses them as does the bass player from Parliament Funk.

    Their electric strings are currently on sale for less than $4 per pack. Even with the exchange rate and shipping ($16.50 via USPS for my last couple of orders) I am getting strings for $6 per pack or less. I haven't tried their acoustic strings but they threw a couple of freebie packs into the order that I placed yesterday so I will try them as soon as they arrive. I can't speak to their bass strings.

    I have to get ready to head out to work but, in case anyone is interested, I will comment more about their strings and their sensational customer service when I get home.

    In the meantime, here is a link to their website:

    https://www.thomasvincistrings.com/
     
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  14. greco

    greco Gold Member

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    Looking forward to your comments re: the acoustic strings (assuming the freebies were acoustic packs??)
     
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  15. colchar

    colchar Gold Member

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    Yes, the freebies are acoustic strings.

    But I've been using their electric strings for a few months and love them.

    When trying to find some 9.5-44 gauge strings a few months ago I stumbled across Thomas Vinci Strings. I never thought I would buy boutique strings but decided to check them out and I couldn't be happier that I did.

    Anyway, I had never heard of them but checked out their website. After doing so I sent them an email asking for info and they replied promptly. I had been asking them about pure nickel strings and, although they don't currently offer those, they are in the works and they offered to send me some free samples of those once they have them available. But in the meantime, they offered to send me some free sets of their normal nickel wound strings so that I could try them out. When we were discussing their regular sets I mentioned that I was interested in a particular set for my SG which is set up for slide, but thought that the third string should be a different gauge than the one offered in their set. They replied that that was no problem, they would happily make up a custom set for me to try, which they subsequently did. So in the end they sent me a couple of 9.5-44 gauge sets for my Tele and a couple of sets of heavier strings for my SG, all for free (shipping was free as well).

    When I got the strings and put them on my Tele I absolutely loved them! They feel great, sound awesome, stay in tune, and last longer than other strings I have tried. So I didn’t even bother waiting for the pure nickels, I just ordered a bunch of sets - mostly for my Tele but a couple for the SG as well.

    Not only are their strings great, their customer service is second to none. How many string companies do you know who would offer free sets for you to try out? And not only that, they offered to buy me a competitor's strings to compare them to! What happened was that some friends had recommended D'Addario NYXLs and I happened to mention to the guy from Vinci that I was going to try those too. When I did, he offered to buy them for me so that I could compare them – that is how confident they are in their products. Since I had already bought the NYXLs I didn't take him up on the offer but him making the offer goes above and beyond. And for the record, I like the NYXLs well enough, but I like the Vinci strings a lot more.

    But in addition to their great products and outstanding service, their prices are phenomenal. They have a sale on right now and their electric strings are available for $3.15US per set, with their acoustic sets costing about $1 more. At those prices they are well worth giving a try for anyone who might be interested. I have also seen them on sale for as low as $2.50US per set. Shipping can be expensive but they charge USPS rates so they don’t have any control over that. I find that if you order a dozen sets or less you get them for $16.50 shipping. Even with the exchange rate and shipping costs it still works out to be about $6 per pack of strings which is cheaper than most strings at L&M, and to my mind the feel, tone, and quality far surpass most other strings that I've tried.

    I had been considering ordering some of their acoustic strings for my new acoustic but had held off as I was concerned about being stuck with them if I didn't like them (that was kind of stupid of me considering how much I like their electric strings). But this week I decided to put a new nut on my SG and to use it for standard playing, rather than slide, for a while so I ordered some .10 gauge electric strings from them. While doing so I decided to add a couple of packs of acoustics strings to the order since I was already paying shipping for the electric strings anyway. But as it turned out, they were out of stock on their .12 gauge acoustic strings.

    After placing my order I sent them an email asking them to let me know when those .12 gauge acoustic strings were back in stock so that I could order some to try out. Well earlier today I received the shipping confirmation email for the electric string order that I placed last night, and two minutes later I received an email from someone at the company to say that they had added a couple of freebie packs of their .12 gauge acoustic strings to my order so that I could try them out before deciding whether to buy more.

    So, once again, I've received great customer service from this company. The level of personal attention and care I've experienced from them makes me feel like an endorsed artist rather than the basement playing hack that I am. It is very clear to me that this company appreciates my patronage and I am more than happy to support a company like that through repeat business. From now on I will happily give them my money and won't even think about buying other strings. I am also happy to recommend them to others based on my positive experiences with them. As mentioned above, I cannot recommend them highly enough and encourage everyone else here to give their strings a try.
     
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