Aziah

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This is what Music Man instruments are strung with at the factory:

Guitars:


Silhouette & Silhouette Special:
RPS-9 Slinkys (9-42) catalog #2239

Axis: Super Slinkys (9-42) catalog #2223

Axis SuperSport with DiMarzio humbuckers: RPS-9 Slinkys (9-42) catalog #2239

Axis SuperSport
with MM-90 pickups: RPS-10 Slinky (10-46) catalog #2240

Steve Morse:
10-13-16(all RPS)-26-32-42, available in single strings only

Albert Lee:
10-13-16(all RPS)-26-36-46 available in single strings only

Luke:
RPS-9 Slinkys (9-42) catalog #2239

John Petrucci: RPS Hybrid Slinkys (9-46) catalog #2241 (as of 1/11/11)
(changed 11/5/07 to RPS-9's and changed back to RPS -10's from 3/11/08-1/10/11)

The John Petrucci 7-string
guitar now uses Hybrid RPS-9's with an added .56 nickelwound for the low B string. (changed 11/5/07 to RPS-9's and changed back to RPS -10's from 3/11/08-1/10/11)

The John Petrucci BFR Baritone is tuned to B flat and is strung up thusly: 12-16-22p-34-46-62

Benji Madden:
12-16-(RPS) - 24w-32-42-52 available in single strings only

SUB-1 guitar:
RPS-9 Slinkys (9-42) catalog #2239


A couple of notes:

1. The BFR series use the same strings as their original namesake models.

2. Though we use and recommend RPS strings, standard Ernie Ball Slinkys are a worthy substitute.

3. The strings are the same whether the guitar is equipped with a tremolo or not.

Basses:


All Music Man 4-string
basses are strung with #2834 Super Slinky Bass strings (45-65-80-100)

All Music Man 5-string basses are strung with #2836 Regular Slinky Bass strings (45-65-80-100-130)

The Bongo 6 is strung with our #2838 Slinky 6-string set (32-45-65-80-100-130)

The Silhouette Bass is strung with either the Silhouette Bass Set #2837 (20w-30-42-54-74-90) or the Baritone Slinky Bass set #2839 (13-18-30-44-56-72)
 
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CaseyBall

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The Valentine is strung with: 11p-14p-18p-28w-38w-48w (RPS 11 Slinky #2242)

If you ever have a question about gauges used on EBMM guitars they are always listed with the guitar's specs on the MM website product page.
 

markani

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I use the Ernie Ball Slinkies for a reason. I also play a double bass and I need contrast when I switch to Bass guitar. That's why the round wounds and the Slinkies give me the right sound for right money on my 5 string Ernie Ball Stingray.
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Paul Jone

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I have been a guitar player for more than 10 years and I am very keen to your strings 2201.
 

AxemanNick

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Hi, I have just bought a 2000 Axis Super Sport with stoptail and piezo.

What strings would work best with the piezo? Wondered about standard 9s; pure nickel or even a hybrid set. Any thoughts much appreciated, Nick :)
 

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The piezo works on vibrations, so the composition of the string won't matter much. So pick whatever you like :)
 

AxemanNick

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Hi Beej,
greetings from W Wales. Appreciate your advice. So thicker strings won't improve the piezo sound (as they would on an acoustic guitar)? Thanks, Nick
 

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Hmm ... thicker strings might- I can imagine that the increased tension could make a difference. But using strings with different metal alloys shouldn't do much (whereas it would make a difference for the magnetic pickups).

I'd say, pick what you like the feel of and go from there. Processing of the piezo signal (e.g. using DI box for piezos) would make the biggest difference if you're really going for an acoustic tone.
 
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