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  1. sgarnett

    sgarnett Strat-O-Master

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    I have a Taylor Academy nylon crossover (25.5" scale, I think). Taylor ships them with high tension strings. I switched to Thomastik "rope core" strings. All 6 have stranded steel cable cores, the trebles are flat-wound with nylon, and the basses are flat-wound with silver-plated copper. Oddly enough, the tension is slightly lower than the stock strings despite the steel cores. I use them because I keep my nails short and they make it easier to get a good tone with flesh, but as a bonus I really like way they feel to both hands. I've though about trying them on a steel-string acoustic, although the neck and bridge would certainly need adjustment.
     
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  2. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Strat-O-Master

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    I have a dozen Strats. They are loaded with 9's, 9.5's, and 10's. They all sound great. Definitel different, but all great.
     
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  3. draelyc

    draelyc Strat-Talk Member

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    Whoa — cool! :thumb:
     
  4. dearlpitts

    dearlpitts Strat-O-Master

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    My new fender professional came stock with 9,s. Put 10,s on and the trem stayed in tune better but was just to stiff for my liking, so back to 9,s. I do like the 9 5,s too. Kinda of best of both worlds.
     
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  5. strattopper

    strattopper Strat-Talker

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    I use 9-42 on all my guitars... Gibson or Fender...Perfect for me and Tone for Day's...
    I tried the heavy string thing... Found out you don't really need them...
     
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  6. Brian H

    Brian H Senior Stratmaster

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    Seemed as if for a time...it was some kind of badge of honor to play with thicker strings.

    For me the difference in my sound using 10s is not that different than 9s...and 9s are easier and more enjoyable....better for bends. I could use 10s and increase my hand strength, but why do that...the hand strength is good for 9s.
     
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  7. arcticstrat

    arcticstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    You're in good company, those are Angus Young's strings of choice also. ;)

    I'm quite fond of EB super slinks myself. Most all my Strats use them.
     
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    DickBanks Strat-O-Master

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    Amps, pickups, and effects for tone, strings for feel.
     
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  9. Vermoulian

    Vermoulian Strat-Talk Member

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    For many years, as a matter of course I put 9's on my Fender-scale instruments and 10's on shorter scale instruments. I have a bandmate who absolutely hates 9's; whenever he plays one of my guitars he complains about them. So recently I put 10's on a couple Strats, just to try them out, but I don't really like them. On the other hand, he digs in and really pounds on the guitar, and I play with a pretty light touch, so I can see why he might want more resistance from the strings.

    On the other hand, just the other day, I pulled out a Tele I have, and on that guitar, the 9's felt insubstantial. I think I'm going to put 10's on that one. But I'm also going to set it up with 5 strings in Keith Richards open tuning. And I have one Strat that had flatwound 11's on it when I got it, and somehow they work great on that particular guitar.
     
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  10. draelyc

    draelyc Strat-Talk Member

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    So I just did some quick comparing, and I think I’m gonna stick with my original plan — 9-46s on my Fender scale axes, and 10-48s on the Gibson scale. I’ve about got the setups dialed in so that they feel almost identical. I think they sound pretty good, too.

    Here’s a quick vid — first two are 25.5” scale; last one is 24.75”. No idea what scale my puppy is, lol! :p

     
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  11. Stratbats

    Stratbats Senior Stratmaster

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    Sounds real good! When I was 17 (1982) SRV was big and I played 12s or 13s... I've played 9s for decades now. Way easier for me, have a touch of arthritis, etc. 9s are a joy to play, love fresh strings!
     
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  12. draelyc

    draelyc Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks, Stratbats. I’m not at all sure that I don’t have a touch of arthritis, myself. Runs in the family, unfortunately.
     
  13. guitartwonk

    guitartwonk Senior Stratmaster

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    I used to think this. I used that thinking to justify why I kept using 11s and "couldn't" switch down.

    Then I tried out 10s again, and found they broke less often than 11s.

    The only rationale I can think of is that lighter strings need lower tension than heavier ones to tune to the same notes.

    Obviously there are a whole load of other factors at play here, e.g. how heavy-handed you play, but this is my experience. Yours may differ.

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  14. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    9s sound just fine.
     
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  15. CigBurn

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    Currently enjoying the 11s on my strats. After a very brief period of adjustment I don't notice the tension anymore, but I do like the tone I get now more. As far as breakage goes, I've never broken strings much because I replace them pretty frequently. On EB Hybrids I had a couple that were defective and unwound off the brass nut but even that was an anomaly.
     
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    johntrem Strat-Talker

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    Jack Frost Strat-Talker

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    After all this talk of string gauges, I decided to get some 8-38 NYXL strings and put them on my strat. Had them on for a couple of days now. I'm loving it! :thumb:
     
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  18. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    9s are fine, I used them on everything for almost 40 years, until I switched to 8s...
     
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    ukoldgit Most Honored Senior Member

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    Tried 8s on a custom LP and could never play a chord in tune, Gorrilla grip:oops:
     
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  20. brians

    brians Senior Stratmaster

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    I've also used 9's all my life on my electrics, EB slinky , best brand for me as I find they don't tarnish, also I leave it to the very last before I change strings, sometimes months. I way prefer worn in strings and these EB's last.
    I play every day, and I don't spare the horses, and I don't break strings.
    If the nut and saddles are sorted, I don't know why so many people here say they break the high E.

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