9s on a Strat

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

  1. SAguitar

    SAguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    I play .010-.046 on all my electrics, and they feel fine. I'm lazy and it's easier to just buy a bunch of string sets in the same sizes.
     
  2. Dmac73

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    Kinda off the gauge subject. Can anyone recommend a string that’s not so bright. I’ve only used EB D’Adarrio and dR pure blues. I haven’t tried GHS or Fender. I like the strings I’ve tried. Was just wondering if there’s a particular string that’s best for clean rhythm playing.
     
  3. spizike231

    spizike231 Strat-Talker

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    I play NYXL’s 10-52 and I wouldn’t say they’re extremely “bright”
     
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  4. draelyc

    draelyc Strat-Talker

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    Hmm, I would have thought bright would be better for clean rhythm...

    Fwiw, you could try a string with a pure nickel wrap instead of nickel plated steel. It will only affect the wound strings, but it should warm things up a bit. They're really spendy, but you could also try Thomastik Infeld Blues Sliders ~ they have a mellower tone and their own "thing" going on. They're not cheap, but at least the feel and sound as expensive as they actually are. :eek:
     
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    You've got one/two of these right?

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    sgarnett Senior Stratmaster

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    The DR Pure Blues do have a pure nickel wrap, I think. The Thomastik Blues Sliders are nice (have them on a Gibson Lucille) - I think they are sort of a hybrid string made like silk and steel except with a magnetic wrap. Then there’s flatwounds.

    Of course, all of those options affect the wound strings only. Switching to a wound third might help.

    Lowering the treble side of the pickup will help.

    Of course, there’s always turning down the treble knob just a bit. If it’s only the bridge pickup that is offending, hook it up to a tone control too, or add a load resistor in parallel with it.
     
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    kurher Strat-Talker

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    While a tone control can tame the overall treble response, it can't eliminate the harmonic content of a wound string and that's where different materials, technique and geometry come in handy. The Blues Sliders mentioned above have a nickel alloy wound on a round core with a silk inlay. They sound a lot like plucked piano strings.
     
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    Bera Strat-Talker

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    I started playing the guitar on 2016, using 9s.

    Then I changed to 10, trying to chase "the tone". I also thought that the added tension would work like a "gym" in my hands, making bends much easier on the long run.

    The problem is, the added strenght never came. So last month, when I bought a brand new strat, I decided to put 9s. Not much (if any at all) difference in tone, and much easier and confortable to play.

    I should have never switched to 10s.
     
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  9. Bob Spumoni

    Bob Spumoni Strat-Talker

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    9's: the favorite strings of the disabled.
     
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    SILENCER Strat-Talker

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    9s feel like dental floss to me. A guitar I bought recently arrived with 9-42 or so. I left them on for a few days, but the guitar didn't come to life for me until I strapped on some bridge cables.

    I love the Beefy Slinky 11-54 tuned down a step. Sounds enormous. I use them on strats, pauls, firebirds, etc. Hits your magnets like they need to be hit. Get that neck pickup to howl like a wounded werewolf. They're great for open D with a slide. Holy Moly!
     
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  11. SAguitar

    SAguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    Movin' to Montana soon
    Gonna be a Dental Floss tycoon
    (yes I am)
     
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    Hello L.A. bye bye Birmingham
     
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