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    are PRS strings special?

    A few mos ago I bought an NF3 from a popular national chain that begins with G. It was the nicest playing guitar in the store, and probably the most fun/easiest playing guitar I've ever played; completely homey feel to the fretboard, effortless fretting and bending of strings easily 3 tones. Aside from that funky tone from the NF3's.

    It was setup with 10-46 gauge. I had been playing it every day and so 2 wks ago i put on new strings - no PRS strings in our local store so i put on some elixir's - same gauge. I am not sure, but i do not think it plays quite as well/easily as the strings it came setup with. I didn't change anything in the setup. Its still very very nice but not quite the magic feel that I experienced the first few mos.

    So my question is - are the PRS strings "special" in some way, is there something special about restringing this kind of guitar, or am I merely already used to the guitar (e.g. magic gone)? Since then I did get some PRS' online and i could check it directly, but the Elixir's are so new it seems a waste if people think there shouldn't be any difference.

    Eager for insight that any of you may have.

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    PRS come from factory with D'Addario strings, not PRS strings.

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    oh, okay. i thought i read otherwise somewhere (or maybe that was only PRS' recommendation). i guess i should find out from the store what they may have put on.

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    I like the PRS strings a lot. I was told they're pure nickel wrap, not nickel plated. I like the tone, and I prefer the feel. I find they also last a long time, though my hands are relatively dry so maybe that's part of why they last. In any event, that's all I put on the guitars.

    Also, I'll make a wild guess and say that whatever PRS puts on the guitars at the factory is the same string as the ones you can buy branded PRS, since I don't notice a difference in feel.

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    D'addario strings made to PRS specs.

    The ones leaving the factory have the same stings...


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    Quote Originally Posted by JMintzer View Post
    D'addario strings made to PRS specs.

    The ones leaving the factory have the same stings...


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    That's what I figured. I really like the "soft" feel of these particular strings. They're definitely different from the standard D'Addarios. Tone's better with the pure nickel wrap, too. I grew up when all electric guitar strings were pure nickel wrap, not plated steel. I see that D'Addario is making a pure nickel wrap string under their own brand, too.

    For whatever reason, people didn't have to change their strings as often in the 60s to get a decent tone. If you played a lot, maybe you'd change them once a month, at most. I see players changing their strings after every show with steel wrapped, plated strings now. Seems like overkill to me, but then again, my hands don't sweat a lot.

    D'Addario's standard strings are just nickel plated steel, which sounds different, feels different from the PRS branded strings, and once the plating wears, the steel wrap is a little harder on the frets. So the PRS strings are my preference. Just my 2 cents, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    That's what I figured. I really like the "soft" feel of these particular strings. They're definitely different from the standard D'Addarios. Tone's better with the pure nickel wrap, too. I grew up when all electric guitar strings were pure nickel wrap, not plated steel. I see that D'Addario is making a pure nickel wrap string under their own brand, too.

    For whatever reason, people didn't have to change their strings as often in the 60s to get a decent tone. If you played a lot, maybe you'd change them once a month, at most. I see players changing their strings after every show with steel wrapped, plated strings now. Seems like overkill to me, but then again, my hands don't sweat a lot.

    D'Addario's standard strings are just nickel plated steel, which sounds different, feels different from the PRS branded strings, and once the plating wears, the steel wrap is a little harder on the frets. So the PRS strings are my preference. Just my 2 cents, though.
    Thanks LS and all the others. It sounds like I've already noticed the difference; when i get a chance I will take off the new Elixir's and put PRS'/D'add back on and log a brief report back....

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    I also only use PRS strings for the same reasons Lshefman mentioned.

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    Prs strings are great. I've used every brand out there and the Prs feel the best .

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    Quote Originally Posted by onyaw View Post
    oh, okay. i thought i read otherwise somewhere (or maybe that was only PRS' recommendation). i guess i should find out from the store what they may have put on.
    I would like to know what strings are on my Hollow body 1 I bought it in January .These strings feel so different from the D addario strings that I have always used on my other guitars. The ball ends are not color coded so I don't know what they are ,the guitar came set up from the dealer with the present strings and although I have e mailed the dealer I'm still waiting for a reply .
    Last edited by frederico; 04-25-2015 at 11:06 AM.

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    I tried elixir strings on my dgt it seemed like they deadend the sound,replaced them with daddario guitar came back to life.

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    I received a dozen PRS strings as a promo a few years ago. They stretch to tune quickly and hold tune extremely well. I certainly noticed a difference in quality.....
    I love technology.... when it works....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluesboy998 View Post
    I tried elixir strings on my dgt it seemed like they deadend the sound,replaced them with daddario guitar came back to life.
    The elixir's have a coating intended to extend the life. I've been told the coating ads a little size to the string and slightly changes the intonation of the guitar. Do a Google search on them!

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    Coated strings always sound different. My nephew swears by them, because the acid in his fingers eats strings. I swear at them because I don`t like the tone.I do like PRS strings, and I also like D`Addario NYXL`s.

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    Another vote for PRS strings here. That's all I'll buy from now on.
    Guitars: Tacoma D9, PRS's: SE Custom 22 Semi-hollow, Paul's Guitar, Angelus A10E, SE 30th Anniversary Custom 24 w/ 59/09's, S2 Vela Vintage Mahogany
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    Usually PRS strings but I also like the Gibson Vintage Reissue strings almost much. Almost.

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    I've been using PRS strings since I got my first PRS CU22 in 2008, my hands never sweat so they last a long time plus they stretch nicely and stays in tune,
    recently I put a Chuck Mangan's set for my 513(after 1 year withe the same PRS set LOL) to try them out they are as nice
    but I still prefer the PRS strings.

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    I use only Elixir nanoweb as my hands sweat a lot and non-coated strings could last only for a few days, including the one came with PRSi. I have no problem with the tone as well.

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    In his best Jeremy Clarkson voice.......Some say that they're woven from hairs taken from the manes of yearling Unicorns ? We know them as PRS Stigs, er strings !
    Last edited by BALIstic; 04-26-2015 at 11:19 AM.

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    I use PRS strings on my CU24 because it came with 9.5s. I'm currently using PRS strings on my DGT because I got a bunch in the promo thing. Most everything else has Elixir Nanowebs, unless I decided to play w/something like DR Colors. No tone issues at all w/the Elixirs - in fact, they're my preference.
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