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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by BuffaloHound, May 3, 2021.
Ah hell, I just split the difference and play .095s on everything now. KISS.
.95-42 work great for me
In the world of drumming I’ve had 50+ years trying different sticks. Always come back to a couple of ex Met Police truncheons I bought way back. Anything else is just not loud enough. Sometimes for a waltz I’d use rounders bats for a lighter ‘feel’. Never heard anyone telling me I’m too loud..................never heard anything much!
I’d swapped back and forth between 9s and 10s but a couple of years ago my teacher pointed out that when I played my Strat I always seemed to be a tad out of tune. Wrestled with the .set up for a week or two and during which I took my Tele to my lessons. No problem with tuning. Realized my Strat had 9’s my Tele had 10s. Stuck with 10s ever since. Guess I’m just a ‘dig in’ kind of player.
I started on 9's. Then for years moved to 8's becaise I loved how easy they were to bend and bar. Then one day I went to the store to get a set of strings (when I only had one guitar) and they were out of my normal 8's. I had to play the next day so I settled on a set of 9's and for some reason they were better. They didn't sound any better or fuller they just played better. So I went to 9's on a regular basis. A few years back I was having some fret vibration issues on my Charvel and found that the strings were just a tad slinky on the bass side. I didn't want to go up a size so I mixed a set of 9's with 10's until I found the 9-46 set (wasn't as common as it is now). Now I play 9-46 on all of my guitars except the acoustic (11's) and my Ibanez Artcore (10's).
BB played heavy bottom 10s. So you might know more than you thought.
For me, I balance sound and comfort. I don't use 13s anymore, even on acoustic. Try different gauge and tension, see how the guitar responds. Some of them really sound different with heavier strings. My epiphone casino sounds like crap if I put 10s on it, but absolutely sings with 11s. Some other guitars sound great with 8s. And on some, string gauge doesn't make much difference.
What works for one person on one guitar... doesn't apply universally. We're not even going for the same sounds. It doesn't make you wrong and bad if you prefer something different than me.
My guitar came with 9-42 and that's what I continue to use.
Well, there was a well-known story that Billy Gibbons tells (or told at one time) where he was playing with BB and trying to get some of his bends and not getting there. And BB told him he was working too hard with the 10s or whatever he had on his guitars at the time. And BB said he was playing 8s, which Billy switched to and swore by them thereafter. I don't know, might be total BS. I surely never subscribed to it for my own use. But it was out there - I think I heard a recording of Billy telling it, but there's a good chance my memory is making that one up.
When I played dreads, I played 13s. Now I play smaller body acoustics, 00 and 000's generally. I've tried 13s and they kind of choke on the guitars I'm playing, so I play nothing but 12s on acoustic now. When I was young I played 13s on acoustic and 9s on electric. I moved one size to the middle on both and now play 12s on acoustic and 10s on electric. But I only have one acoustic and two electrics, so I don't have a whole herd of guitars to figure out what works on each. I have it pretty well dialed for what I do.
There are recordings of Mr. Gibbons telling that story, I've seen two. He made that story part of his stage patter for a while.
Mr. Gibbons said he was playing 13s and Mr. King (allegedly) asked him "why you workin' so hard?" This part is entirely plausible. But Mr. King is on video saying he plays 10s; he was particular about the gauge of every single string on his guitar and certainly he is a better source of information than anyone else is. Perhaps Mr. King inspired Mr. Gibbons to try light strings--but those light strings on Lucille were 10s. Mr. Gibbons claim that Mr. King played 8s is incorrect.