What strings would you put on your Gretsch?

Cheekisteve

Electromatic
Jun 13, 2022
4
Toronto
Just wondering what everyone thinks about restringing their Gretsch and what brand and size of strings they might choose...
 

BohemianLikeMe

Synchromatic
Apr 18, 2020
776
Prague, CZ
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That's pretty heavy. My stint with 12s lasted just a few days.
You’ll never take me alive, copper! ;)

When I was a young idiot who read the guitar magazines, I used to put 13s and 14s on my Tele. It was like playing piano wire, but I do love the sound of heavy strings for rhythm work.

You can also do the old trick of tuning down a whole step with super heavy strings to get something a little more playable. I think I got that one from Eddie Angel.
 
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mbkri

Country Gent
Sep 22, 2012
2,943
Chicago
D’ Addario NYXL 10s and 11s on all my gretschs (and Gibsons). Strings that feel familiar are really important to me….. and of course they have to sound bright and twangy. Seems like Nothing ive tried sounds better on a Gretsch for the way i play.
 

Emergence

Synchromatic
May 25, 2022
556
New York
D’Addario EXL110W nickel with a wound G. These strings are warm with great balance for finger style. I change the B string every other change. My arthritic fingers prefer .010. My intonation doesn’t suffer since I worked on keeping my fretting fingers perpendicular to the fretboard. I use these strings on my Fenders and Gibson too.
 

Horse Nation

Gretschie
Jun 7, 2022
174
new york
Folks, before you leave this life, please try Aurora colored strings.

1. They look cool.
2. They are actually great strings. They had a brightness and bite that I love.

Aurora actually makes orange strings. Imagine these on your Gretsch-orange 5120 or 6120:

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And, yup, Aurora makes gold strings. I tried a set on my white and gold Falcon:

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loudnlousy

Gretschified
Oct 18, 2015
12,541
Germany
GHS Boomers 009 sets on all my guitars.
Good and very even loudness/induction from all six strings.
Material is not causing allergies on me.
They have a nice tone. Not prone to quick oxydation and they tend to last longer even though when using the tremolo a bit more violently.
I cannot remember the last time when I broke a string during rehearsal or during a show.

I found out that some brands feel strange under my fingers.
For example the wound stings of D Addarios have a somekind of rough feeling, imho. Classic Ernie Balls sound too bright for me, Some brands feel a bit stiff. Pure nickels are a total no-go because of their un-even loudness and allergetic qualities, etc.
 

Bertotti

Friend of Fred
Jul 20, 2017
9,765
South Dakota
TI Jazz swings here also. I loaded my Penguin with these Jazz Swings, they don’t sound dead to me like other flats. I have the BeBops on a Strat and Minarick but I might try them on the Penguin next time. Provided these ever die enough for me to change them.
 

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