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Thread: Paradigm Strings review for me

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2012

    Paradigm Strings review for me

    I play punk/hard rock and I play pretty hard. I normally use Beefy Slinkys 11's. I've been using them for about 8 years and I've been pretty happy with them. I end up breaking them as they get older, but that's natural. The breakage on them is pretty normal for my style of playing. I can get a good 6 weeks of good performance from them before they start going downhill.

    I decided to try the Paradigm for their supposed "unbreakable" durability. I play 11's and I slam the strings pretty good but nothing like how they do in the videos. I changed the strings on both guitars with Paradigm 11's. One guitar had a setup 5 days before. I use a V-pick Snake so the pick is really on the heavy, heavy side. I always bring 2 guitars with me in case I break a string. Well after the 3'rd song my D string broke. I changed guitars and the second to last song I broke 2 strings on the same song. What are the chances of that happening?

    Unfortunately, I did not save the receipt for the 2 sets. How often does anybody save the receipt? I know what to expect from Slinkys because I've been using them for a while.

    I have to rate the Paradigm strings an "F" for me. Breaking a string on my main guitar is one thing, but then breaking 2 strings on the same song with your backup guitar is totally unacceptable in my book and I always keep my guitars in good working order. I guess I'll go back to the Slinkys, they don't cost 15 bucks and they don't break right away.

    Sorry Ernie Ball, Paradigm didn't work for me.
    Last edited by sricabla; 04-29-2017 at 09:12 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Cincinnati area
    I guess one man's unbreakable is another mans "just broke it." Honestly, I'm surprised ANY strings last with that heavy of a hand and a Vpick Snake. Change your pick to a normal, even heavy normal, pick and I bet the string breaking stops. But using a Snake when you hammer the strings that way... IMHO, no strings have a chance to survive that for long.
    "DreamTheaterRules" in all the other forums

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    I've had the Paradigms on mine for a week or so now, and I'm pretty pleased with them. To me, they sound a bit louder than the Slinkys and the attack seems a little more pronounced, otherwise they feel like my Slinkys. Then again, I don't hammer on my strings, so breakage has never been a major problem for me. Whether I continue with Paradigm or go back to Slinky will largely depend on how long these last.

    Out of curiousity, how the heck do you play with a 4mm pick? I struggle with 1.14.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    How do they compare to the M-Steels, sound-wise?

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