This is his Ernie Ball String Theory interview. At 4:14 in the video, Daron says, "I used to play Slinky, but now I mainly play the- was it the heavy top- light bottom, or the heavy bottom -light top? Haha, it's orange, hehehe! That set. That's the one I play." Later on, the video also shows a pack of these strings next to some System of a Down Picks.more
I use Ernie Ball strings on all my guitars: I use .10-.46 for standard E tuning, .10-.56 for 7-string standard, .09-.52 for ASP 7-string tuning (the guitars are basically tuned up a whole step with a drop B: 1F# – 2C# – 3A – 4E – 5B – 6F# – 7B) and we add a .70 for the 8th string tuned to F#.more
"How about strings and picks? I’m a devoted fan of Ernie Ball strings— always have been. I use the Skinny Top Heavy Bottom sets, gauged .010–.052. I tune down a half-step—mostly for my voice, because I have a slightly lower register— and I used to play with .011s. But then I grew up and realized I have female hands and I’d have to stop playing in 10 years if I continued using big-boy strings. I don’t have Jimi Hendrix’s hands!"more
"Wanting to improve my vibrato influenced me to switch to Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom .010–.052 strings, because we tune down to D and I’m able to use my vibrato more effectively and complementary with the thinner strings. But I still prefer the thicker-gauge strings on bottom for bigger, more powerful chords."more
"At my beggining in music I only used to play System Of A Down songs, in Drop C. Playing those songs with .09-42 strings was ridiculous, so it was time to change and I discovered the orange Ernie Ball that Daron Malakian uses and immediately wanted them. It took me about two or three years to find a local store that could bring them to me. They're just great".more
Tried many strings, these are the perfect set for me. The thick low strings really shine with power chords, but the thing high strings allow me to play faster. Last a long time as well
These strings are really good for an overall bright or deep sound. The variety allows for a lot of power within the strings and gives the player a lot more freedom to explore different sounds on a guitar.
I have a couple of guitars, all tune differently, this are on my Drop D Les Paul, normally I used Regular Slinky on my other Les Paul, but when I Drop D-it, the low E get really floppy, but with these it doesn't happen, so if you planning to use a drop d tunning for a short scale guitar I guarantee you will nailed with this ones
These sound great on my flying V guitar, which is actually a cheap Harmony that I painted and modded with DiMarzio humbuckers. That thing wails, and these strings add some nice beef to the power chords. Definitely recommended for all sub-genres of Rock.
i used to use string sets that had a thin low e string but after thinking that these strings didnt suit the style of music i was playing and werent as comfortable as thicker strings i had played before I switched and have preferred these ever since