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

  1. ido1957

    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    9's on all my guitars since I started playing. Tried 10's but cannot bend them with my smallish hands/fingers. There is no right answer to string guage. It's whatever you prefer. Trying to convince anyone otherwise is fruitless at best and will an internet war at worst.
     
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  2. 50yearslater

    50yearslater Strat-Talker

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    I usually start with a 9-46 (hybrid) set and add a wound d'Addario G. Someone else may have used this setup, but I can't think of anyone I'm trying to sound like. I think it sounds like me, but I'm going deaf, so what do I know?

    Tom
     
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  3. groaner

    groaner Strat-Talker

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    Your not a real man till you play Rev Willy 7.s..

    Sounds very good and so easy to play.
     
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  4. StratMike10

    StratMike10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I switched to 8's some time ago and I'm never going back. The change in tone is minuscule compared with how much more easier and fun it is to play. I'm even doing things I could never do before.

    Life is too short to fight heavy strings... choose your battles :)
     
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  5. mshivy

    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

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    Amen brother

    As we all get older we need to protect our hands
     
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  6. axejock

    axejock Strat-O-Master

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    I use D'Addario NYXL 9-42's exclusively on ALL of my electrics. I just like the sound, feel, ease of installation, and lack of pain on my tired, old, arthritic fingers! But must use heavier strings on the acoustics, however!!
     
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  7. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Strat-O-Master

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    I'm finding that the perfect Strat quage is the new D'Addario 9.5's. They sound more like 10's but offer the feel of 9's.
     
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  8. draelyc

    draelyc Strat-Talk Member

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    Agreed on that last part, definitely!

    I keep 12-54s on my Yairi dread.

    One reason I’d gone to 10-48s on the electrics was to have less of a jump when switching from electric to acoustic ... but in hindsight, I’m starting to think I want a bigger jump from electric to acoustic in terms of tension and feel.
     
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  9. CB91710

    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Playing style will influence what strings can be used.
    Even with my relatively reserved playing style, if I were to drop to 7's or 8's, I'd be breaking strings like I did with my first guitar before I moved up to 10s.
    It's not that the strings create the tone... the strings allow the player's style to get the attack that produces "the tone" without breakage.
    As I mentioned... I went to 13's because SRV used 13's.
    But a standard set of 13's is 13-17-26w-36-46-56 (Jazz Medium), while SRV used 13-15-19p-28-38-58
    He retained the heavy top and bottom end, but then dropped to what was closer to a "more normal" 11 set for the middle 4.
    And he was tuned down.
    And he still broke strings.
    But take a look at the wear on #1 above the strings. That's not from his wrist... that's his pick dragging over that finish as he hammered the strings.
     
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  10. CB91710

    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Once you get used to it? Tolerable.
    I would not be able to handle them these days.
     
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  11. dirocyn

    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    I have 2 Gibson scale guitars set up with 11s. 2 fender scale with 10s, one with 9s and one with 8s. My jaguar has 12s. What can I say? I use the stings that sound best to me on each guitar. My classicals use normal tension.
     
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  12. Misty Mountain

    Misty Mountain Strat-Talker

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    Yeah for some reason if I don’t feel like I am working for it, it just doesn’t sound right to me...
     
  13. little_wing142

    little_wing142 Senior Stratmaster

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    I made the same switch last year and I don’t notice any tone loss. It has improved my playing. Now there is less of a barrier between my head and my hands.
     
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  14. jayenh

    jayenh New Member!

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    My Strat came with 10's, which I liked, but I decided to try swapping down to 9s. I couldn't adjust and went to D'Addario 10's which I love. But each to their own. I think you play and sound fantastic!
     
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  15. Swampash

    Swampash Senior Stratmaster

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    I prefer 9-42 these days.
     
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  16. draelyc

    draelyc Strat-Talk Member

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    Thank you!
     
  17. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    I play the following:

    Strat/Tele - SIT Pure Nickel 10-46
    ES 335/Les Paul - D'adarrio 11-49 Pure Nickel or Nickel Plated Steel
    OM/000 Acoustic Size - Martin Phosphorus Bronze 12-54
    Dreadnaught Acoustic - Martin Phosphorus Bronze 13-56
     
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  18. guitarface

    guitarface Senior Stratmaster

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    Did I ever tell you about the time bb king, billy gibbons, Jeff beck and Joni Hendrix all invented the stringless guitar?
     
  19. ToneRanger

    ToneRanger Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The actual gauges were either .012 or .013 on the E, then .015, .019, .028, .038, .058 - towards the end of his life he even went down to .011 on the high E as his hands were giving him trouble - but you can see it was more a medium set with heavier E strings.
    Definitely not the mythical telephone wire that everyone thought he played.
     
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  20. mapleglo

    mapleglo Strat-Talker

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    I've been using .10's since before the earth cooled, even on my acoustics, but recently got a new Tele which came with 9's. Now I'm thinking I should put 9's on my Strat too, especially since I blocked the tremolo.

    I like the tuning stability on the .10's, but the 9's are so easy on my old and frail fingers.

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