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Bulk Guitar Strings - Best Deals, But Stick With Uncoated!





25 sets for $89.99!!!


D'addario Exl110 Guitar Strings Bulk Pack Light  25 Sets
D'addario Exl110 Guitar Strings Bulk Pack Light 25 Sets
25 complete sets of D'Addario strings at bulk-rate pricing. Great for repair shops, luthiers, guitar techs, collectors, and for re-stringing large quantities of guitars in a store. Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46.25 sets of guitar strings in one unit kit25% cost savings over packaged setsEasy-access door and speedy string removalColor-coded chart for identifying ball-endsRecyclable string cartridges are redeemable for D'Addario players points







(.10 -.46 gauge set- Musician's Friend 4/28/10)

Just think about this for a moment... 25 sets for $80.99, is $3.24 per set. It's always the best value to buy strings in bulk, and Musician's Friend has great deals on bulk strings! Currently, MF also offers the same deal on D'Addario 120's (.09 - .42's)-- and the 115 sets (.11 -.49's) are running $89.99 for 25 sets. I don't pimp MF often, but for strings they're tough to beat!

Now besides just pimping strings today, I really wanna tell you some things about strings that you don't read or hear--at least all in one place. First of all, stay away from those expensive coated strings. Yeah, I know people have been debating this subject for years, but you may find some fresh perspectives here.

In a coated set, the wound strings have the coating, and the unwounds do not. With most electric sets this translates to 3 coated strings. The coating on wound strings inhibits the absorption of salts from your sweat into the windings and between the windings and core. This eliminates or deters corrosion, and also reduces crud buildup, both of which contribute to muting the brightness and tone of strings. Coatings also better facilitate the effectiveness of wiping and cleaning your strings to remove crud and contaminants which adhere to ALL strings. Thus, coated strings can and will keep their brightness longer.

So what's the problem?

Well, besides the fact that coated strings can be up to 3 times as expensive-- for 3 treated strings, there are other aspects to consider.

With a coated set, the unwound/uncoated strings-- G,B & hi-E are still getting full environmental impact, and suffer the same lifespan as with an uncoated set. The balance & rate of deterioration is gonna vary with climate and between players who do more soloing vs more rhythm playing. A rhythm guitarist in Florida should expect the greatest possible benefits of coated strings.

No matter whether one uses coated or uncoated, it's still critical to wipe off the strings as soon after playing as possible. Crud buildup on and under coated strings is still gonna happen and still gonna rob brightness-- and if you don't wipe those strings between sets, or wait too long, the crud is just gonna get tougher. Just like dirty dishes waiting in the dishwasher for a couple days. So if you're a lazy grease ball bum, coated strings aren't gonna make much difference. The money you would have saved by buying regular strings would be better spent supporting your Cheetos habit.

Imagine spraying Scotchgard on your tighty whiteys so you can go a week between underwear changes. Scotchgard money buys a lotta Cheetos too. Until somebody like that cleans up their act, coatings make little difference.

Wal-Mart sells bulk packages of micro-fibre rags, cheap! Get some and toss a couple in your guitar case. Also toss in some moist towelette packs for emergencies. Wash your dirty hands before playing, and keep your strings wiped off.

But stick with me here. There's more.

Even the cleanest, best maintained strings- coated or regular - gradually lose their uniformity and tension as they're played. This translates to intonation/pitch issues. See, they don't just go dead or dull from crud build up and corrosion. Strings lose their shape and thickness at key stress areas i.e. saddles, nut, posts, ball end anchor points & fret points in areas of the neck where you bend a lot. They're always under high tension, and then they undergo friction and tension fluctuations when played, making them skinnier and stretched in some spots..

Top pro players change strings frequently, more for intonation reasons, and to stay ahead of breakage incidents as much as possible. Coated strings do not address the factors of non-uniformity and breakage within the initial 2-4 hours of service. Somebody like Eric Johnson isn't concerned about crud accumulation and corrosive breakdown. Corrosive breakdown doesn't occur within a gig-- it takes awhile! Those are issues for people who don't play every day, live in the gulf regions, don't wash their hands or keep their strings wiped off and then wonder why they can't go 6 months between string changes. In my opinion, any big name guitar player who "prefers" coated strings in the studio or on the road, is either getting paid to say so, or possibly likes the way they feel and isn't too budget constrained.

Another all too common scenario is trying out guitars down at the music store. Everybody tries out guitars at the good ol' music store-- especially on Saturday. They play Stairway, they play Eruption, they play Come as You Are, they play Nothing Else Matters. Those last two tunes are key here. Coming as you are from TGI McFunsters, with seasoned french fry greasey hands because nothing else matters but showing off licks to your hottie date at Guitar Center, is real tough on the inventory.

Music store owners/managers aren't interested in doing string changes on floored inventory because "These factory strings suck, dude!". "Factory strings", unless they're Chinese cadmium, aren't the problem. In fact, some guitar makers are now shipping models with spendy coated strings. Why? Because if their product has to hang in a retail location week after week being "tried out" over and over by dozens of knuckle dragging, mouth breathing, nose pickers-- why, their product quality is gonna get buried under crud and corrosion. Store managers don't always have time to keep all the strings wiped off, and guitar store employees can be too busy texting to notice someone jackin' a 2-12 tweed combo right out the front door, let alone keep the inventory spiffy for serious patrons. And then there's the restaurant business.

So you see, coated strings might be a half decent way to protect inventory from retail, tire kicker traffic, as long as the instrument maker ships the guitar with them and the retailer police's the
traffic because he & the staff are aware enough to know who really buys guitars, and that guitars oughta sell faster when they're maintained in a condition to sound their best. That's a lot to expect. Coated strings are also good for people who play once a week, live in humid coastal climates and enjoy bloomin' onion type appetizers between tunes.

Everyone else is better off buying regular strings, keeping them wiped off and washing those hands!

If you play regularly and aggressively, you should still change strings routinely with the priority of maintaining intonation and your ability to perceive good pitch. Even before strings go dull, they subtly & insidiously drift out of pitch. Coated strings do not address this area of decay.

So play with good hygiene, change strings as often as you can afford to and buy them in bulk to save the most money! Your tone is more about your intonation than the pedal pushers would want you to know.

Oh, and wear clean underwear!

This finally concludes my string rant.


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25 sets for $89.99!!!


D'Addario EXL110 Guitar Strings Bulk Pack Regular Light 25 Sets
(.10 -.46 gauge set- Musician's Friend 4/28/10)





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