Further, the nature of the precision-machined Bullet end design meant that the string returned to the exact same position every time, greatly improving tuning stability even after heavy tremolo use. Then, when "diving" the tremolo, tension on the bridge end of the string is briefly released, causing the slack area to attempt to spring back to its original un-bent position, only to "re-bend" when bending the string again. Just check my Tokai LS160 VF equipped with Fender 250R (10-46) strings and my new Fender … ), they were especially popular with Stratocaster players. Although Super Bullets electric strings could be used on many different guitars (Larry Carlton touted them in a 1979 Fender ad in which he was pictured playing a Gibson guitar! Because of their flat surface, they can also be easier on the fingers. They did away with the ball-end design entirely. Finally, don't forget to wash your hands before playing to rid your fingers of potentially damaging oils. humidity and the residue left behind by your hands can speed the process, - "Light-Regular:" .009/.011/.016/.026/.036/.046, - "Regular Heavy:" .010/.013/.017/.032/.042/.052. On ball-end strings, the core wire of the string wraps around a separate piece, a tiny metal "ball." Are they D'Addario, Gibson or something else? Copyright Â©2020. All Rights Reserved. Wilwood is a Fender Custom shop dealer too...I am sure that they put Fender 250 strings. Dec 24, 2007 #3. Fender also offers the Speed Slick guitar string cleaner applicator that restores and extends string life with a few swipes up and down the string. Luckily, regularly cleaning your strings will keep them stronger longer. Hexagonal-shaped wires have been used in more modern string construction, as they hold the outer windings in place and hold tune well. The problems lay in the design of the string themselves. On the other hand, lighter gauges offer less sustain and volume, and can break more regularly. Looking at the Fender basses at my local store, they all have brass ball ends, so are the OEM strings not the same as the Fender packet strings? There was no loop and hence no slack, and the business end of the bullet made tighter and more uniformly solid contact with the bridge. Let's face it, if you don't want it to be just another percussion instrument in your collection, you need strings. This creates a small V-shaped area of "slack" fit in the two places where the wire loops around the ball. When I was at a small but very-well-known music store in Bristol, TN, we got talking about strings. Because electric guitar strings are made out of steel, they contain iron, which corrodes when exposed to oxygen. - Stainless Steel: Very bright tone with excellent sustain. You must log in or register to reply here. There is no doubt that strings greatly affect the tone and playability of your electric guitar. I highly doubt that Gibson shipped with Fender strings. The problem is that when the string returns to tension, it might or might not be seated against the bridge exactly as it was before, which means there's a pretty good chance that it will be slightly out of tune. May 26, 2007 Kansas City, MO. Generally, lighter gauge strings are easier to play, brighter, allow you to bend strings and fret notes easier, and exert less tension on your guitar's neck. Fender offers strings with ball ends and Bullet ends. How Fender's history of innovation translated to the world of strings. On ball end strings, the core wire of the string wraps around a separate piece, a tiny metal "ball." They are designed to impart greater tuning stability and sustain through improved string-bridge contact. Be the first to know about new products, featured content, exclusive offers and giveaways. The dealer (Wildwood) did a set up before it shipped and I'm wondering if they changed the strings as part of the set up. I have never used Gibson strings so I have no idea. This creates a small V-shaped area of "slack" fit in the two places where the wire loops around the ball. I got an earful from one of the latter-generation owners about strings, how few manufacturing facilities for them exist in the U.S., how close one of them was to where we were sitting, and a quick tour of the OEM-only ordering web site. Joined Dec 26, 2009 Messages 296 Reaction score 126. A roundwound string uses a round wire to wrap around the inner core of the string, while flatwound uses a flat wire (think tape). Meanwhile, heavier gauges give you more volume and sustain, allow you to dig in and play harder, and are typically preferred for drop-tunings and alternate tunings. Fender PlayPlay free. I usually buy strings in bundle deals and/or and stock up on them. That’s right, the world’s foremost manufacturer of guitars and amplifiers was recently granted a US patent for their unique bullet-end guitar strings. I didn't know D'Addario used enamel colors, I've only seen their anodized colors. They are named on the packet as fender colours e.g. You know, when you see Fender "Bullets" and "Super Bullets" electric guitar strings there on the display rack at your local retailer, the names aren't just a gimmicky play on how fast, straight, true and deadly your playing will be when you use them. This creates a small V-shaped area of "slack" fit in the two places where the wire loops around the ball. As a rule of thumb, if you want to play fast leads and chords, light gauges may be the way to go (metal players with a preference for drop-D tuning would still need a heavy gauge for the lower strings or wound strings). With its long history of instrumental innovation, it's no surprise that Fender eventually turned its attention to guitar string design. Today, Fender continues to offer its classic bullet-end electric guitar strings in the strong, slender forms of its pure-nickel 3150 Original Bullets, which are ideal for vintage-style tone, and nickel-plated steel 3250 Super Bullets, which offer characteristic tonal power and durability. Dec 3, 2010 #2. Good strings and I use them on my fenders or if I can't find my normal Gibson ones for my LPs. Fender string gauges can be summed up thusly (from the high E to low E strings): Fender electric guitar strings are made of steel, so they properly transmit the string vibrations to the magnetic pickups. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. The low E, A and D strings are wound with various alloys, while the G, B and high E strings are tin-plated. Looks like Fender then. My Agile AL3K came stock with GHS strings (according to the site), and they had the colored ball ends like that. - Vintage Nickel: A little more warmth than nickel-plated steel. look like Gibson Pure Vintage Reissues if I remember right, but I think they were anodized and not enamel, well they could be anodized hard to tell in the photo. At normal string tension, this "slack" wire loop is taut and unbent, and the ball end is prevented from completely abutting the bridge plate (or, in the case of a Stratocaster, from sitting completely snugly in the trem block channel). The problems lay in the design of the string themselves. 3 MONTHS OF FREE ONLINE LESSONS.LEARN MORE. I know D'Addario uses different colors on the balls but does Gibson? Dec 24, 2007 #1 ... Fender nylon tapewounds: Black (but an older set I have is Red) GHS Precision flats, Pyramid Golds Violet Tomastik Infield flats: Red FunkySoulBro likes this. In a nutshell, "Bullets" and "Super Bullets" strings are so named for the bullet-like terminus of their bridge ends, which differ markedly from the "ball-ends" of conventional electric guitar strings. Nov 17, 2010. Simply compare the color on the end of the string to the chart provided. Lots of blues and rock guitarists land on medium gauges that offer the benefits of both worlds, while jazz guitarists who don't bend a lot of notes tend to use heavy gauges, sometime with a wound G string. Bullet-end stainless steel strings appeared in the late 1990s. Play on. All Ball-End Fender Strings are color coded to take some of the stress out of restringing your guitar.