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Electric guitars are usually valued on a number of merits: type of wood, age, maker, era of maker, technological specs, desired pickup configuration, artist relevance, serial number against total production, condition…I mean, the list keeps going.

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Electric guitars are usually valued on a number of merits: type of wood, age, maker, era of maker, technological specs, desired pickup configuration, artist relevance, serial number against total production, condition…I mean, the list keeps going.

One throwaway factor is the strings. The strings are always discarded, as they are meant to be, and never really remembered. The metal used in a string makes a huge difference in how the string reacts to the pickup. The pickup is a magnet. The string vibrates over the magnet as it is plucked. The tone produced-resulting from the playing the guitar between the bridge and the nut-is how we get notes. Vibration of this note is sent through the guitar’s electronics and projected through your amp.

All metals react differently to a magnet. All grades of metallic purity account for a different tonal response between the string and the pickup. With that said, a number of factors come into play when trying to find a specifically-desired tone (brilliant, warm, harsh, thick), and figuring out how long the strings will last (time, durability, corrosion).

Simply ‘going to get a new pack of strings’ can be intimidating and overwhelming-especially when the metal god behind the counter always suggests whatever they have in overstock, or suggests that you try the strings some 50-year-old hesher shread-daddy finds desirable. No one uses eight gauges, OK, unless you’re into tapping or haven’t developed calluses yet. It’s a sign of wankery. Enter D’Addario XL ProSteels.

These strings cover a wide range of needs in order to pull the best sound out of your guitar. A lot of times, players will change out the factory pickups on a guitar because they desire “more” of something. Don’t be a tool. Keep the factory pickups and try some new strings to see if the difference is simply tone-through magnetic response.

ProSteels are the brightest and most magnetic strings offered by D’Addario. So if your situation is that you have a Les Paul but want a Tele sound for one track, the first option should be to use a Tele. The second option should be to brighten up the humbucker on your Paul. Before you spend any money on a new pedal or a crispier amp or any modification on the guitar itself, try ProSteels. You’ll be amazed. You’ll also be happy in 20 years, when you discover how much value you have added to your Les Paul by keeping it in its original factory form.

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