"Dave Dederer's simple, yet very effective, The Presidents of the United States rig started with a vintage Harmony H-802 guitar (bought for $40 bucks from PUSA drummer, Dave Thiele) that was loaded with two single-coil pickups and outfitted with two slider switches, and a single volume and tone knob. The guitar was strung up with "really heavy" Ernie Ball Slinky or GHS Boomer strings (.058, .046, .036.). "more
im the kind of player who likes high action and thick strings... with these strings you get great tone and a modest price. the tension isnt lost weather you drop the tuning or play in 440
When you want more tension on Gibson scale or just a stonger fundamental, Ernie's Power Skinlies get the job done. I am also really fond of doing a heavy top, light bottom set with Regular Slinkies for wound strings and these for plain strings. Ernie does heavy bottom with light top, for loads of chunk but easy bending, don't know why they don't sell a set that ahs the opposite. It'd be easier on your guitar neck and on a Gibson scale the extra tension doesn't bother me on the plain strings and the tone is so good up top. anyway. I like Ernies in any gauge. They're 'just okay' in a consistent way.
These are pretty okay strings. the only thing is, is they're has been so much tension on the b and higher e strings that they snapped of the machine heads, rendering them useless.
There's nothing you can't do with these. I have these on one guitar, and the lighter 9-42 gauge strings on another. These give you a bit more bite, and are great on a guitar that's typically a bit "lighter" in tone like say a Fender. I use them on a Telecaster with EMG pickups, single coil, and mostly play alt. rock or post hardcore kinda stuff. Works great. Reasonable price, and they hold up really well. I usually only change my strings once every 6 months, but they can last a year.
When I was restringing my Les Paul, I figured I'd give these a whirl. I was pulling them out of the sleeve and thinking they were gonna be too heavy to my liking. After tuning up, I realized they were perfect. I can still bend easily with these tuned to standard. The tone has some beefiness to it that I really enjoy, but it doesn't lose any clarity.