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 #86671  by Imagined Days
 Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:08 pm
Okay, so I have been using Vinci's for years, and now they are no longer available. What is a good replacement? What are you all using? Thanks!

 #86680  by mijknahs
 Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:48 pm
Good question. I want to know too.
 #86681  by DeadlyHeptet
 Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:06 pm
Currently have Curt Mangans on the partscaster. This is my first set of Mangans. Curt seems to take care with his product doing a smaller operation and using better quality wire. Have used Snake Oils and D'addarios and really can't say I've had a problem with any of them except for the expense and spotty availability of the Snake Oils. Used D'addario's for years, nothing "boutique" about them, but they are very serviceable.
 #86683  by Bear62
 Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:19 pm
I have been using D;addario 11s. Just put on a set of DR Tight Fit and they sound great and stay in tune!~
 #86688  by jackr
 Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:47 am
which exact vinci strings do you use because you may be able to still find them online. I did a quick search and found a bunch available.
 #86692  by waldo041
 Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:21 am
D'addario 10's but WITH a 49 for the low E String. Using a 49 sometimes a 50 is per Steve Parish!

 #86694  by SarnoMusicSolutions
 Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:29 am
The D'Addario's have a bright tone, maybe similar to the Vinci's. The Curt Mangan's are basically a very high quality Ernie Ball Slinky, a nice string for sure. I believe he left and went on is own but does a very similar string. I remember years ago I was digging the GHS Boomers when I ran out of Vinci's, but it's been a while. DR's are good, BUT you have to be careful and bend the end. They can come a bit unwound and when that happens, they're trash. I like Elixir's on acoustic because they keep their tone for a very long time. I haven't tried the Electrics yet, but will.

 #86697  by playingdead
 Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:48 am
I use D'Addario 10s, but keep a set of Elixirs on my backup Jerrycaster. But when I was using it last summer while the Tiger was being worked on, the Elixirs were really tough on my hands on those 3-hour gigs.

I do use them on my acoustics, but never really sit down and play for three hours straight. I'd try a set before buying a bunch, I'd love to use them, because I hate changing strings. Which is kind of ridiculous, because I put locking tuners on the Tiger and it takes about 3 minutes to change them.
 #86702  by bdhact1
 Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:15 am
I just used my last set of Vinci acoustics. I have to find a new brand as well. For my electric I've been using Erni Ball Stainless Steel 10s and they seem to have a fantastic tone, feel, as well as longevity.
 #86719  by tigerstrat
 Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:21 am
Any kind of .046-.010 strings (usually D'Addario), freshly changed right before soundcheck.
 #86741  by jeffm725
 Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:47 pm
tigerstrat wrote:Any kind of .046-.010 strings (usually D'Addario), freshly changed right before soundcheck.
that right there is as big a key to refining jerry tone as anything. His sound was definitely a "fresh set of strings" sound.
 #86743  by NWPines
 Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:25 pm
I don't have a ton of experience with different electric strings, but lately I've been using Curt Mangan pure nickel (red package) on my strat and have been really happy with them. I have the most sweaty, oily hands imaginable and these last a surprisingly long time for a non-coated string, and they sound great. I've gotten really good about always wiping down my strings after I play, which helps a ton.

I had been using the Martin SP phosphor bronze on my acoustic and wasn't happy at all with them. I'm thinking about trying Elixirs (or another coated string) on my acoustic again. Tried them a few years ago and didn't like the feel, but I do like the idea of not having dead strings after like two weeks.