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I dumped the 9’s

Discussion in 'Tab & Music Forum' started by Stratafied, Dec 8, 2019.

  1. thx712517

    thx712517 Strat-Talk Member

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    Gretsch players are something else. I had a Gretsch 5120 as my first real guitar and with forum encouragement I used 13s for a while to "really drive the top." Yeah, 10s were much more comfortable to play.
     
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    10s on gibby's, 9 on everything else for me.
     
  3. Stratoskater

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    Depends on the model. Am Pros, MIM and most come with 9’s, EJ sig and Am Original co e with 10’s
     
  4. PCollen

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    I just put 9s on a Tele and like them. Needed a little more twqang as the pickups are very P90 like
     
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    I never knew that but he does use light gauges...
     
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    I tried to go from 9's to 9.5's....it was a huge difference in feel, and a negligible difference in tone.
     
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    rlongnt Strat-Talker

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    I bumped up from 9s to 10s this summer. I think 10s are the sweet spot for me.
     
  8. Stratoholic

    Stratoholic Senior Stratmaster

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    And Billy is full of ****. Skip to 8:19, to hear from the man himself:


    He never used thin strings, and NEVER trust ANYTHING Billy Gibbons says.
     
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    I like .10s on everything. For some reason, I tend to play harder on Strats, so having the same gauges as Gibson-scale guitars kind of balances out for me. I recently tried .11s on my Strat, and for some reason I find them too much when I'm playing on my own, but perfect when I'm playing with a band!
     
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    My new favorite strings.

    :)

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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I use 9s on everything.

    When I can't get 8s.
     
  12. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I use 8's on everything now.
     
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    Don't underestimate the different in 9s and 10s, and 11s. There is more going on, than just the feel and stiffness. I've got several setup with different guages. I've got a Squier setup with 13's (!) and it has stayed in tune for over 2 years now, and the trem works pristinely. Sustain is exceptional. It is quieter than normal. The heavier strings don't swing as much over the pickups, and reduces their output I've read. Clean is exceptional too, maybe because of the smaller swing, less transient on the amp. There's no bending these strings though. I play a lot of flattop so I can handle them, but bends have to happen with the trem. Different way of playing. Its educational for sure.

    There are some other differences that favor heavier strings. I'm going back to 10's.
     
  14. EC Strat-boy

    EC Strat-boy Senior Stratmaster

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    I play blues also and while I love the town you get with 10’s I was bending notes flat after 30’ of playing.

    I switched to pure nickel 9’s (DR Pure Blues handwound strings) for a more mellow tone and easy bends / vibratos
     
  15. BigNorm

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    for me the best compromise is The D'Addario NY XL 9-46. They are on all my electric guitars.
     
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  16. Nate D

    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

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    If I'm playing with any real regularity (which I'm not currently due to work) I can play .011's on my Gibson's no sweat. My Les Paul with .011's on there is amazing. Strats, to me, with my setup and the way I play, are better off with .010's.
     
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    I think there are a lot of things that factor into this. Spring tension, action, etc. For me, 9's work best. Most guitars come with them default from the factory, so that means no messing with cutting nut slots wider to relieve sticking strings, or using lubrication. I could see using a heavier gauge if you played detuned a lot like Hendrix or Stevie Ray - but I typically just roll with standard tuning. Detuning and then retuning on a floating tremolo is a real *****.
     
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  18. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Senior Stratmaster

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    I've pretty much a 9-46 guy for 3 decades. A regular set of 9s is too slinky on the bottom for me. Almost exclusively 25.5 scale length guitars also

    I'm going to try regular 10's on a 24.75 scale Hamer which is lent out right now.

    There's no right or wrong with strings, everyone's got there thing.
     
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    I have 11s balanced tension on my strat and tele. They work for me. Both guitars play great.
     
  20. Stark

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    I’ve used either Ernie Ball slinkies or GHS nickel rockers, 012-056, forever on all my Gibsons, Epiphones and Fenders.

    (Sorry for the run-on sentence....)
     
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