Les Paul string gauge question for a Strat player

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  1. AcrylicSuperman

    AcrylicSuperman Strat-O-Master

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    I tend to use 10s on 25.5" scale guitars and 11s on 24.75" or smaller.
     
  2. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Senior Stratmaster

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    I use these on everything, they have taught me to lighten my touch considerably.

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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'm using 9s on everything at the moment, except mandolin and bass, I couldn't get any 8s last time I restocked.
     
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    Stratwrangler Senior Stratmaster

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    Same I use the 8 s though fantastic strings and unbreakable, haven't snapped one yet.
     
  5. BuffaloHound

    BuffaloHound Strat-Talker

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    Thanks for the responses.
    If anyone is still following this, do y’all have any experience/opinions on removing humbucker pickup covers for tonal reasons?
     
  6. CephasG

    CephasG Senior Stratmaster

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    I use 9-46 on my Les Paul. It feels VERY slinky compared to my 10-46 strat.
     
  7. Stratoman10

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    That's my set as well
     
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  8. Stratoskater

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    I use 11’s on Gibson scale length and 10’s on Fender. Feels the same.
     
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  9. dogletnoir

    dogletnoir V----V Strat-Talk Supporter

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  10. himijendrix

    himijendrix Senior Stratmaster

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    10's on everything for me, which is a strat, les paul, Rickenbacker, and a PRS.
     
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  11. SurfsUp

    SurfsUp Senior Stratmaster

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    I've jumped from 9's to 10's my entire playing career. Ok, hobby.

    But these hybrid sets sound intriguing.

    I'm usually a Ernie Ball guy but IMO Gibson make fine strings too.

    I've often wondered though, as I've read how people suggest this gauge or that depending on the guitar (Gibson vs Fender ect) why do they ALL seem to come factory direct with 9's?
     
  12. dogletnoir

    dogletnoir V----V Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Simple answer: lighter gauge string sets are easier to press down and bend up, so guitars will usually feel more 'playable'
    with .009s than with heavier gauge strings, and if the guitar feels more playable it's more likely that it will sell &/or
    be kept by the buyer.
    Most of my Fender 6 string guitars are set up with .011 - .050 flatwound strings. i find that quite playable myself.
    The Epi Joe Pass and Gibson Les Paul Deluxe have 12s on them.
    The 7 and 8 string guitars do have lighter top strings (.009s on the 8 strings and .010s on the 7 strings), but they also have
    longer scale lengths, so the string tension on those feels about the same as the .011s on the Fenders.

    Scale length affects string tension, as does the composition of the string itself (that part's mainly for the wound strings, of course).
    All other factors being equal, longer scale length makes for more string tension.
    That's why a lot of people will put a slightly heavier gauge string set on their 24.75" scale Gibson guitars than they do on their
    25.5" scale Fenders: it evens out the difference in tension, and therefore in feel, between the 2 scale lengths.
     
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  13. Miotch

    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

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    I keep 9s on all of mine for two reasons: 1) I only have to buy one type of string and it makes life easy; and 2) one of the two reasons I want to pick up a guitar with a shorter scale is to make bends even easier, going up a gauge defeats that particular goal. Of course the other reason I pick up my shorter-scale guitar is because of the humbuckers. I'd love to build a 24.75" Strat someday, but I probably never will.

    Never taken a cover off a humbucker. They either have them or not and I've always left them however they came.
     
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