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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by marshallb461, Dec 2, 2017.

  1. marshallb461

    marshallb461 Strat-Talker

    Jun 14, 2017

  2. marshallb461

    marshallb461 Strat-Talker

    Jun 14, 2017

  3. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 24, 2015
    Va. Beach, Va

  4. bchaffin72

    bchaffin72 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Oct 4, 2008
    8-36 on mine and I've gone down to C# with them.

  5. nederemer

    nederemer Strat-O-Master

    Oct 25, 2017
    Somerset, Kentucky, USA.
    I usually use 9-42 tuned a half step down. I do though enjoy a nice set of 8s too.
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  6. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

    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.

  7. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    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. o_O

  8. RB522

    RB522 Strat-Talker

    Nov 23, 2017
    I bounce between Dunlop 10s or 11s, depending on which guitar we're talking about.

  9. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member

    Dec 4, 2013
    I bought 10 packs of 9 - 42 for decades but I have been using 8 - 38 for a few years now.
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  10. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    10's on everything for the last 30 years. It's what I'm used to and comfortable with.
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  11. Blackmore Fan

    Blackmore Fan Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2010
    The Midwest
    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).

  12. spyhawk36

    spyhawk36 Strat-Talk Member

    Oct 25, 2010
    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.

  13. Seth McCormick

    Seth McCormick Strat-Talk Member

    Nov 30, 2017
    Broussard, Louisiana
    9-42 Ernie Ball :)!
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  14. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    11-54 (E.B. Beefy Slinky) or 12-56 (E.B. Not Even Slinky) here- about half the time I am in Eb

  15. Guitar0621

    Guitar0621 Strat-Talker

    May 24, 2017
    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.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2017
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  16. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    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.
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  17. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    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. :D

  18. muf magician

    muf magician Strat-Talker

    Jan 10, 2015
    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.

  19. muf magician

    muf magician Strat-Talker

    Jan 10, 2015
    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.
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  20. fender kev

    fender kev Strat-Talker

    Jan 1, 2010