I loved the sound of 11s on my strat. I switched from 9s to 10s then to 11s while I was on "hiatus" - I was out 7 or 8 years when we had the kid. First gig back, no problem on 11s. But it was only 5 songs. Then, started doing full gigs and man, I could not bend the last set. Blues or trad country, so a LOT of bending. Plain G. I went back to 10s. I am really used to 10s now, but on another forum, it came up about pedal steel licks on guitar. I used to do these all the time - on 9s. Like double string bends, bending one string, then bend another, while holding a third static. Yea, that didn't go so well on 10s. If I was back doing that, I'd go back to 9s (I actually put a set of 9s on one tele, just for fun. Didn't like the tone as much, but man, so easy to play). Back in the 70s, I put a set of 8s on a Les Paul. Ugh. they lasted one gig. Hated the way they sounded. I was playing straight into an amp, no pedals to boost it, so it lost a lot going in.