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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by marshallb461, Dec 2, 2017.
11-48 for standard?
9-42 for me
8-36 on mine and I've gone down to C# with them.
I usually use 9-42 tuned a half step down. I do though enjoy a nice set of 8s too.
I played D'Addario 11's on Strats for 25 years before arthritis forced me down to 10's. Standard tuning. I much preferred the tone of the 11's.
I recently migrated to GHS 10-48 and 10.5-48 for long life high E bends and no buzz low E snaps.
I would prefer to stay with 9-46 but I have problems with the 9 surviving for very long.
I bounce between Dunlop 10s or 11s, depending on which guitar we're talking about.
I bought 10 packs of 9 - 42 for decades but I have been using 8 - 38 for a few years now.
10's on everything for the last 30 years. It's what I'm used to and comfortable with.
I'm using a hybrid 10-11 set that I build from 2 sets of D'Addarios. I got the idea from an Eric Johnson interview, and I like the thicker sound that I get from these (as opposed to basic 9s or 10s).
I’m in my 50’s and I have Arthritis. A few weeks ago I bought some 8-38 gage to make it easier on me. I still haven’t put them on yet.
9-42 Ernie Ball !
11-54 (E.B. Beefy Slinky) or 12-56 (E.B. Not Even Slinky) here- about half the time I am in Eb
I got some of those couple days ago to see if I was man enough. I don't drop tune. I could have done it but the G string was just too much-- but they sounded awesome. Fat tone.
If you're doing the SRV thing you should maybe check out the GHS Nickel Rockers SRV set.
Anyway since the subject is strings, I just want to share generally: When I was googling around yesterday giving up on the Beefy Slinkies I learned about string tension (and balanced sets) from a very old internet post that led me to an understanding of how strings work and why a thicker string can feel (and sometimes is) sloppier than a thinner string-- like, say, the B has less tension than the E, which feels and plays weird. I always used to assume there was something wrong with my setup or my fingers.
Even the D'Addario Balanced Tension sets aren't completely balanced. The A and fat E (on the 11 set that I got) are still lower tension than they could be. This set on my strat now plays really nicely but I think I'm going to build a perfectly balanced set with a heavy bottom from singles as a Christmas gift. I'm totally on board with this balanced tension stuff.
Twenty years ago, when I was gigging semi-regularly, I used custom gauge GHS Nickel Rockers. Loved them. Then I got married, bought a house, blah blah blah and kind of dropped away from playing for about a long long time. About three years ago I started to practice again a little more regularly and started looking for over-the-counter string sets and had little luck finding any I liked. So, I started ordering 22p G-strings to sub out in heavier gauge sets... then I found the E.B.'s and they work great for me. I still sub a 22p in the 12-56 set, which is something you could do as well- maybe an 18.
I like the D'Addario 10-46 on my Fender-scale guitars and 11-49 on my Gretsches.
My baritone Tele gets the 13-62 of course though.
10-46 D'Addario Standard XL or DR Pure Blues 10-46, I'm just now trying a set of the latter by suggestion and they're pretty great. A lot can be said for the NYXLs, too.
Most definitely, I really appreciate D'Addario's effort to produce a more balanced set but there's room for improvement.. I'm starting to feel like I need to try 11s after these comments, I've been on 10s pretty much always.