Best strings for heavy metal (I love distortion)?



Asked by: Willy Hersey

Ernie Ball Slinkys are perfectly good. There are brands some like better, and that’s fine, but many of the best guitarists out there play Slinkys, and even if they’re getting them free, if they didn’t sound good, those guitarists would go to other brands.

What gauge strings are best for heavy metal?





010–. 048 “Heavy” If you hang out in standard tuning or dip into Drop D and require a thick, brutal tone, then Dunlop Heavy Core strings are a killer choice. Dunlop strings are immensely popular among metalheads, and Heavy Core strings are their most metal-centric to date.

What strings should you use for metal?

It should be steel or nickel wound strings with a metal core. They should also have a heavy gauge or a hybrid gauge. If you have a 7 or 8-string guitar, you should take a pack with the proper number of strings. These are the most popular strings for metal, and they are popular choices for a reason.

Are heavier strings better for metal?

Not only are heavier gauge strings better able to retain tension in drop tunings, they are also much harder wearing. Metal being a fairly aggressive genre requires fast and heavy playing.

What type of strings does James Hetfield use?

Ernie Ball Power Slinky Guitar Strings (11-48)



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Are cobalt strings worth it?





I should say from the outset that these are my favourite strings for my T-style guitar because they sound noticeably better than everything else I’ve ever tried. They sound bolder and offer a more resonant clang, in a good way.

What strings did Jimi Hendrix use?

Jimi used Fender Rock ‘n’ Roll 150 strings (. 010, . 013, . 015, .

What strings should I use for rock?

The Fender 150R pure nickel strings are most appropriate for those who play blues, jazz, or classic rock, delivering a round, full tone. These electric guitar strings are of the highest quality and will endure dramatic jazz riffs and classic rock solos.

What are good bending strings?

Specifically, the best strings for bending are almost always going to be lighter.



Ernie Ball Classic Extra Slinky

  • Ernie Ball Classic Extra Slinky.
  • Ernie Ball Super Slinky.
  • GHS Boomers Extra Light.
  • D’Addario EPS520 ProSteels Super Light.
  • Dunlop Rev. Willy’s Nickel Plated Light Strings.




Are thicker strings easier to bend?

For metal or hard rock the Skinny Top/Heavy Bottom strings are a good compromise, because you get fatter lower strings and thicker tone for the power chords combined with thinner higher strings that result in easier playability and bending on those strings.

Are heavier strings harder to bend?

Yes, if you tune to the same pitch with heavier gauge strings, your strings will have a higher tension, making bends more difficult. If you play with heavier gauge, and then switch back, it will feel much easier to bend strings.

Why are my strings so hard to bend?

Obviously thicker strings will create higher tension making bending harder. Another factor is how the bridge is set up. Even small adjustments in the bridge can make a guitar go from hard to bend to easy even tuned at the same pitch.



How do I make my strings more bendable?

Using your fingers instead of your wrist to bend: Your wrist has a lot more power than your fingers – to bend you should “lock” your fingers on the string, put your thumb over the neck (this will make it easier, but everybody should be able to do it without the thumb) and rotate your wrist.

How do I make my guitar strings more bendable?

So when we're doing our unison bends for instance I might do the normal Bend on the third string. But instead of just doing that I'm gonna grab the second string fifth fret with my first finger.