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#1 2012-05-17 19:53:07

Zurf
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GHS Boomers

Aptly named.

I broke a string on my electric the other night.  It's been so long since I put strings on it, I didn't even remember what size I put on it.  The action is so low, I figured to put something thick on it and see what happens.  I got some GHS Boomers out of the cheap bin at my local guitar shop.  13's.  Yeah.  Boom!  It sounds good.  I may have to play that guitar from time to time now.

EDIT TO ADD: I like the 13's on it.  A buddy set it up with care and precision with the last set.  It's so nice, that the thick strings are a heck of a lot easier than lighter strings on my acoustics.   

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#2 2012-05-17 20:27:56

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Re: GHS Boomers

I put the heaviest gauge strings I can find on my electrics.   I started doing it after I read an interview with SRV as an "immediate tone improvement" tip.  Sure as heck if he wasn't right.  Makes sense, too, from a pure physics standpoint.


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#3 2012-05-17 21:11:48

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Re: GHS Boomers

Do you tune to Eb as well?

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#4 2012-05-17 21:42:27

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Re: GHS Boomers

Baldguitardude wrote:

Do you tune to Eb as well?

No, but I'll throw it down to Drop D on occasion when I really want to get my punk on.

A thicker gauge string means you're moving more magnetic field, and therefore inducing more current in the pickup coils.  It's a cheap and easy way to get "hotter" pups without any other work done to the guitar.


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#5 2012-05-17 21:59:35

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Re: GHS Boomers

it also makes 1.5 and 2 step bends really, really difficult.

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#6 2012-05-17 22:03:38

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Re: GHS Boomers

I'd pull my hamstrings if I tried to bend that far.


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#7 2012-05-17 22:13:42

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Re: GHS Boomers

Zurf wrote:

I'd pull my hamstrings if I tried to bend that far.

That, and also "Man up!"   big_smile


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#8 2012-05-17 23:15:18

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Re: GHS Boomers

Zurf wrote:

I'd pull my hamstrings if I tried to bend that far.

I would too zurf,maybe even get a hernia!!


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#9 2012-05-17 23:18:42

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Re: GHS Boomers

13s!!! If your car breaks down,you can always use  them as a tow rope. Those are some thick strings

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#10 2012-05-17 23:26:35

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Re: GHS Boomers

I have been playing on GHS BOOMERS since I picked up a electric guitar.  LOVE THEM!

If I have to I use whats around but I buy GHS by the 5 pack.


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#11 2012-05-17 23:39:15

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Re: GHS Boomers

I play heavies on my acoustic, 11's or 12's on the electric but I also drop 1/2 step to get those big bends....used to break too many strings in standard tuning. I've played 13's but only on my jazz axe where i'm not bending so much.

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#12 2012-05-19 07:31:21

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Re: GHS Boomers

I put heavier strings on my Behringer. For some reason, no matter what I had my Mustang Amp set at the G,B and E strings always sounded tinny. The sound is better but takes a bit more work to fret.

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#13 2012-05-19 23:51:37

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Re: GHS Boomers

As BGD has said, the heavier the strings the lower the tuning. Drop down a half step and see how that helps.  (You might get the urge to go a whole step and then drop C LOLLOLOLOL) smile


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