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Shocked to See Current D'Addario String Prices

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by PCollen, Mar 3, 2018.

  1. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 2, 2010
    I actually check on Amazon when buying new retail stuff and it never seems to be the best price. Sometimes crazy expensive. Like WTF expensive.
    Given that practically every vaguely normal person I know seem to do a huge portion of their shopping on Amazon, I kinda wonder if they put some sort of drug in the packaging that makes customers keep coming back.

    And now I hear citizens allow Amazon eavesdropping devices into their homes voluntarily?
    Seems like less than a year or two ago, people were taping over their laptop cameras and upset about their personal info getting hacked and sold.

    Maybe when the world is run by thugs, it's smart to ally with a big one?
    Makes sense I guess.

  2. DougM

    DougM Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 5, 2017
    Honolulu, HI
    I guess I'm not vaguely normal, because I've only ever bought one thing from Amazon in my entire life, and only because I couldn't find it on Ebay.
    But, to the original complaint- I'm dirt poor and still think $4 a set is VERY reasonable. You're playing a $1000 guitar into a $1000 amp but the part of your instrument that actually makes the sound is too expensive at $4. I think you've been living in the Walmart world too long. More first world problems.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2018
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  3. NiceTele

    NiceTele Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 20, 2012
    I hope the quality is not dropping off with any price rise. I bought a 5 pack of D'Addario 10-46 and they have gone very dull in tone much quicker than they used to- especially the wound strings. I find the Ernie Balls are holding tone better, so may have to go back to them.

  4. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

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  5. AbisFjord

    AbisFjord Tele-Meister

    Dec 21, 2017
    Haven't noticed, I buy in bulk.

  6. Geo

    Geo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Hendersonville, TN

  7. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Nov 18, 2010
    I switched to EB a few months ago too. I’ve playe D’dario’s for a couple of decades but went back to EB Hybrid Slinky and really like them. They’re brighter than Diad’s and now that I’ve been using EB’s for a while, I find the Diads to be a little dull.

  8. DougM

    DougM Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 5, 2017
    Honolulu, HI
    I won't use anything but EB. All others just don't match up, IMO. But, I always found Daddario's to be brighter than EB's. Maybe they're just more shrill and harsh than Ernie's, although Ernie's have more Fender twang than the others. Ernie's also last longer for me than Daddario, GHS, Fender (which are made by Daddario), and Gibson (which are made by GHS).

  9. hotpot

    hotpot Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 15, 2013
    Lancashire UK
    I used to use them but they've become to pricey here, a 10 pack will set you back £44 / $60.73

  10. Henry Mars

    Henry Mars Tele-Holic

    Jan 17, 2014
    Bucks Co. PA
    I burn through 2 sets of strings on an average week. I used to use D'Addario's but not so much any more. Too expensive. I have one axe where I use EB Cobalt everything else I get here .... If you like them your wallet will thank you.
    I hate being ripped off for a must have item.

  11. Grateful Ape

    Grateful Ape Tele-Meister

    Mar 16, 2013
    You'd pay £6 per set in the UK. $40 for ten is still a very good deal.
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  12. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Thanks for the suggestion. I just ordered a few sets to try out.
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  13. PCollen

    PCollen Tele-Afflicted

    May 7, 2010
    Man of the World
    I've never played D'Ad Chromes, as they are advertised as their most mellow/least bright sounding electric guitar strings. Just don't think I'd get the tone I like out of them. They might take the twang out of a Tele, or the sting out of a Strat. How would you describe them compared to pure nickle or nickle wound D'Ads ?

  14. Censport

    Censport Tele-Holic

    Oct 1, 2010
    And nobody else (unless something has changed) makes the 9.5-44s that I've been playing for 30 years.

    Heh, I just bought my first 5-string.

  15. JL_LI

    JL_LI Tele-Afflicted

    May 20, 2017
    Long Island, NY
    Strings are a small part of the problem. I've seen hefty increases in coffee, airfare, hotels, milk, heating oil, baked goods, and a host of other commodities. It's called inflation. It's been 1 or 2% for years. The Fed raised interest rates. That triggers inflation. The increasing federal deficit has to be funded with cheap dollars. Triggering inflation is the way they do that. Your tax cut will be eaten away by inflation before the year is out. The 1%ers don't spend enough of their income to be affected. If you liked the 80's, we'll be back there again soon. Bad music and rising prices. I can't wait.

  16. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Well, then you should check out that link posted above. That's one of the sets offered. Also heavy bottom sets, which I often prefer for my 6120 and 175.
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  17. flyingbanana

    flyingbanana Poster Extraordinaire

    Strings are so expensive, I'm gonna have to start making 3 string cigar box guitars.

  18. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 11, 2010
    On Location
    I've been trying to order from webstrings for over a decade, and they're ALWAYS sold out of whatever I want. I went just now and checked, and sure enough-

    Flatwound bass strings- out of stock
    Pure Nickel .011-.050- out of stock

    Seriously, every time for ten years.

    Chromes are flatwound, which is a whole 'nother animal from roundwounds. I'm going to put a set on my Casino just to see if I turn into George Harrison (for $2.50/set, why not?), but normally I only put flats on my offsets for playing surf stuff.


  19. Tonetele

    Tonetele Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    Note what Trev has to say.
    I get the occasional deal of $60 for a set of 3 Elixirs.
    Quite frankly it's better to buy from you up north online.

  20. Henry Mars

    Henry Mars Tele-Holic

    Jan 17, 2014
    Bucks Co. PA

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