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String Gauge

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Jefro, Feb 8, 2009.

What String Gauge Do You Use

  1. 08-38

    2 vote(s)
    0.6%
  2. 09-42

    93 vote(s)
    27.1%
  3. 10-38

    10 vote(s)
    2.9%
  4. 10-46

    145 vote(s)
    42.3%
  5. 11-49

    52 vote(s)
    15.2%
  6. 12-52

    6 vote(s)
    1.7%
  7. Other

    35 vote(s)
    10.2%
  1. Jefro

    Jefro Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 12, 2008
    Canada.
    What String Gauge does everyone use and why ?

    Myself, I do not play the Acoustic so I'm not down with the 11/12ga strings as my smaller hands/fingers cannot handle it. Previously was playing with 10's to build up my finger strength but have gone back to 9's so I can now focus more on technique which I'm finding harder with the thicker strings as my hand and fingers get really sore.

    So my vote is 09-42.
     
  2. gaddis

    gaddis Strat-O-Master

    927
    Jul 27, 2008
    New York
    .010 - .038 feels the most balanced to me.
     
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  4. 07 road house

    07 road house Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    40
    Jan 1, 2009
    Texas
  5. still_fiddlin

    still_fiddlin Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 6, 2008
    Texas
    Hybrids: 09-46, so I voted Other. I used 10s when I re-started last summer, but thought I'd try these. About to put my 3rd set on. I like them.
     
  6. aznrambo481

    aznrambo481 Strat-O-Master

    564
    Jun 11, 2006
    SoCal
    I'm rocking a set of 11's.
     
  7. ArlenBucy

    ArlenBucy Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    32
    Nov 22, 2008
    Plant City, FL
  8. elementlax

    elementlax Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 4, 2009
    Central Ohio
    9-42
    i love to bend, so i love this guage
     
  9. ArlenBucy

    ArlenBucy Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    32
    Nov 22, 2008
    Plant City, FL
    I bend just fine with 11's.
     
  10. elementlax

    elementlax Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 4, 2009
    Central Ohio
    yea, but i just like the ease of bending with 9's
     
  11. ArlenBucy

    ArlenBucy Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    32
    Nov 22, 2008
    Plant City, FL
    Nah I hear ya. I strung up my old beater with 9's cause I got em for $3. They are WAY easier to bend. I just like fightin with my guitar sometimes.
     
  12. S. Rock

    S. Rock Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 24, 2008
    Minnesota
    it depends on the guitar. my old Gretsch hollowbody has 11's. anything smaller, it rattles. my new Gretsch, the shop put on some ghs CL 9-46's (before I bought the guitar), as mentioned by still fiddlin. I may try these on my strat and my Les Paul.
     
  13. patl

    patl Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    47
    784
    Dec 31, 2008
    North Bend, WA
    10-46. I've thought about using 9's on stuff I'm learning lead work on, but it's easy to push them out of tune when I'm hamfisting full barre chords doing rhythm stuff. So I'm staying with 10's and taking a bit of extra time getting bends accurate.
     
  14. kdda191

    kdda191 Former Member

  15. bobthecanadian

    bobthecanadian Strat-O-Master

    756
    Feb 9, 2007
    Taipei, Taiwan
    I chose tens. If I am playing a lot though, I prefer elevens. I feel the tone is a bit better... besides, I like my strings to fight back a little bit when I bend them!
     
  16. Jackie Treehorn

    Jackie Treehorn Strat-Talker

    Age:
    62
    441
    Jun 18, 2006
    SOUTHERN OREGON
    9-42 mostly

    Heavier strings are not for me. I can be prone to hand injuries and have no cartilage in the first joint of my index finger. Lighter is better in my instance.
     
  17. johnreardon

    johnreardon Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    70
    Sep 18, 2006
    Brackley, Great Britain
    Mainly 10s, although I do have some 9.5s on one of my PRS. Why? Because I like them
     
  18. GregP

    GregP Strat-Talker

    Age:
    61
    272
    Jan 9, 2009
    Surrey, B.C.
    I love the tone I get from 11s but they can make my weak little fingers sore on occasion so I usually go with 10s. My acoustic gets 12s.

    ...Greg
     
  19. bigbaddiesel

    bigbaddiesel Strat-Talk Member

    89
    Dec 1, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    13-56s Baby! The fingers get used to it LOL
     
  20. Leebman

    Leebman Strat-Talker

    400
    Feb 4, 2009
    E. Yorks
    I vote 10-46 I like the sound of heavier gauges especially if tuning down but i get more twang at concert pitch out of the 10's
     

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