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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by draelyc, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. mabley123

    mabley123 Senior Stratmaster

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    Check out the GHS 10-38...010-.013-.015-.026-.032-.038
    This is the same gauge Hendrix, and Duane Allman used. Hendrix was also reported to use a .009 in the studio. Fender used to make this set and called them the Traditionals/150. They stopped making them years ago, but made them in Bullet configuration, so I went to GHS. I believe Fender came back out with them, but I just stuck with the GHS.
     
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  2. John C

    John C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Hmm - Fender still lists most models as coming with .009s on the website; it seem like only the American Originals and some of the Artist signatures are coming with .010s. If they have changed then they need to update their website - even the new Vintera series shows them coming with .009s.

    For what its worth I play .009-.042s on all 25.5" scale guitars and .009-.046s on the 24 3/4" scale guitars. And I've still got the factory .009-.042s on my Mustang - my left hand is loving that!
     
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  3. SlyStrat

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    9's on mine. Playability usurps tone.
    But I have full tone with my Marshall Studio Vintage.
     
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    Hey draelyc whatcha doing here? We have been completely lacking in spiritual guidance for the last few weeks.

    On topic, yes nines rule. I don't understand why anyone would want to suffer with heavier gauges unless they just don't bend strings very often.
     
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    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

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    There was a nice kid who used to post here, really copped the whole Vaughn sound and I think he used .009-.046

    There’s no way to definitely prove anything, people will believe what they want
     
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    I use 9's on all my Strat scale guitars, in Eb! I don't work hard anymore, don't judge me!
     
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    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

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    If you like 'em use 'em. Same goes for action height. If you like low action- have low action. If you prefer a high action have a high action.

    Salt and Pepper to taste.
     
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    Heavyriff Strat-Talker

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    For what it is worth D'Addario makes 9.5's I never tried them but I am curious.
     
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    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The main reason I play 9s is because its easier to play and in a sense provides a lot faster and more articulate play.

    They also sound great.
     
  10. arcticstrat

    arcticstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    That's a good combo right there. While I mostly use strait out nines on my Strats, I use the .009-.046's on my Gibbys.

    These also work well on the Strats for me and have a few strung with the .09-.46 Hybrid Slinky sets.

    Either way, Super Slinks or Hybrid... can't go wrong ;)

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    dbolt Strat-O-Master Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I play 9s,10s,11s and 13s depending on the guitar and tuning. The picking dynamic changes more than the tone in my opinion.
     
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    I have some 8s and 7s Rev BillyG's. I havent used them yet, but will try them soon.
     
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    I use 9’s on my EVH Wolfgang and Ibanez RG550’s. I’m usually in standard tuning or drop D. I have 10’s on my Strat. I tune to Eb. I’m considering trying 11’s out of curiosity.
     
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    I put 9-42 on my Fenders and Gibsons too. Sometimes it doesn't pay to overthink things. If they feel good they are good . There's plenty of knobs to twist for everything else
     
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    All of my guitars have 9-42 or 9-46. These old fingers enjoy the softer feel compared to heavier strings. ENJOY!!!
     
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    So how is it playing baling wire? :)
     
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    All of my electrics get GHS GBCL .009-.046. Even the small 22.5" scale travel axe.
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    I play a set of strings for feel. The rest comes together with a little tweaking and playing.

    Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
     
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    draelyc Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks, y’all! I appreciate the comments and perspective. Most of my guitar heroes are light string (9s or smaller) users: Brian May, Ty Tabor, Tommy Shaw, the Rev. Billy G., EVH, Jimmy Page, etc. And most of the others still only use 10s: Warren Haynes, Andy Timmons, Alex Lifeson, etc. So that’s not bad company, ya?

    Dig. I think for now I’m going to try keeping the 10-48s on my one Gibson scale axe, which has a fixed bridge, but go with the 9-46s on my Fender scale guitars — all of which have floating trems. :thumb:
     
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    draelyc Strat-Talk Member

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    Lol, yeah right! :confused:

    :thumb:
     
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    I used to use regular 10's that I was accustomed to from many years playing the Les Paul. Then I switched to the "Hendrix" set and instantly loved the tone and feel. Less boomy and more jangle. However the lower gauge E and A strings just did not work with my Strat and my playing style - buzzed like crazy.

    Now I use d'Addario's 9.5-44s @Heavyriff and I love them. Sometimes I replace the 44 with a 42 to get closer to the "Hendrix" gauge, but the buzz already starts here so I have to be careful.

    As to compensate the tone (if even needed) I agree - pickup height or up the gain a bit on the amp.
     
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