So one day I was browsing Youtube and the adaptive advertising came on talking about these new strings showing everyone from Paul Gilbert to Kirk Hammett to John Petrucci beating the ever loving shit out of their guitars with these installed. Knowing how hard I am on guitar strings....I sweat buckets, I pick attack like a beast, I use my whammy bar like some kind of weapon, and my systems are not even locking systems......let's just say being the open minded sort of guy I am, I decided to give these a try on my two main - and probably the most uncomventional guitars to install these on - my old 1995 Fender Jag-Stang and 1998 Fender Jaguar.
Well, that was February of this year, and both guitars are still wearing those same first packs, both are still rather bright, not at all dead, and I've only had to tune them a few times since buying these....it's a very funny feeling to come to rehearsal and gigs and kick the BOSS TU-2 and find out you're not tripping that your guitars are in as good a tune as a guitar can get.
I'm a very hard player, I play with Dunlop Jazz III picks and Dunlop Big Stubbys and other thick picks, I hit the strings like I'm trying to kill someone, as music is also my aggression outlet, and I play with wimpy little .009 gauge strings.
Prior to this I was trying out the Jag-Stang using the blue "super Slinky" .008-.038 strings, moving up a gauge to .009's from that for these was not much of a change, I swear, these feel like .008s! Only difference is I don't need to finesse the low E at all with these. Prior to that I was running Fender Super Bullet 350XLs, .009-.042, since 2005 when Fender discontinued the stainless .009-.040 sets. I bend, twist, tremolo pick like a nitrous powered lawn mower with guitar picks on the blade, and it stays in tune. I treat that Fender Dynamic Vibrato harder than most people treat their Floyd Rose tremolos, and it and the Paradigms just do whatever extreme madness I choose to get myself into that day.
The Jaguar I do a lot of picking behind the bridge - hard - which can break strings on a Jag. Has not done so yet. Another problem with Jaguars, which was why I used Bullets for so long with my Jaguar - the windings on regular strings like Super Slinkeys and D'Addarios and Dunlops would unravel under the constant whammying I do with that Beach Boy's approved Floating Tremolo (think if EVH was forced to use a Jaguar for a set and you'd get what I do with a Jaguar vibrato). These, the Jag is like a fine tuned, well oiled machine, and due to the lower bar travel and the stronger feel of tension due to the bridge system the Jaguar employs, it has only really needed tuned once since then.
This sounds like a very overly positive review, well, it is. I've used everything from .008-.038's to my own custom .014-.060 gauge sets (yes, in standard tuning, with a Floyd Rose - ripped it outta' my Kramer after awhile TBH), and the Jag-Stang's best on string age has been 9 months on a pack of Fender bullet .009's - well, now it's been 9 months and the Paradigms are doing even better than the Bullets did and I swore by those Bullets for years, and then Fender discontinued the stainless .009-.040 set I loved so much, and I started having problems with the bullets coming off on my Jaguar and Jazzmaster - negating the whole reason I used them on those guitars in the first place, so I started looking to new strings, I think I've found them. And if they last with a guitar-bashing whammy-holic with a penchant for vintage hardware like me, they should do at least pretty good for someone else.
That said, I've read other reviews claiming broken strings and other issues. I've noticed a lot of people don't install their strings properly and that's where I could see these issues coming up. Kink any sort of metal wire - it will break. Wrap them badly around the capstans, of course they won't stay in tune. I could write a book on all the sins I've seen/heard/fixed from people's faulty restringing jobs. But that's a bit too much for a review on strings.