Poll String Gauge

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Gonflyn, May 11, 2020.

Poll String Gauge - what to you use the MOST

  1. 8-38, I like to bend notes telepathically

    7 vote(s)
    2.5%
  2. 9-42, My fingers can only be seen with slow motion replay

    102 vote(s)
    37.0%
  3. 10-46, I am a jack of all trades, master of some

    115 vote(s)
    41.7%
  4. 11-50, I am starting to see results at the gym

    20 vote(s)
    7.2%
  5. 12-54, I consider Metallica easy listening

    4 vote(s)
    1.4%
  6. Heavier, I am Godzilla incarnate

    2 vote(s)
    0.7%
  7. Other/Custom, I wear a bowtie with my t-shirts

    26 vote(s)
    9.4%
  1. Gonflyn

    Gonflyn Strat-Talker

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    What do you use the most
     
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  2. sssstratsss

    sssstratsss Strat-Talker

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    It really depends on the guitar
    9-42 for standard tuning
    10-46 for Eb

    11's for D and drop c
     
  3. rgbedard

    rgbedard non-compliant Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Use .009s, .010s, and .011s, depending on the guitar ... but mostly use .010s.
     
  4. tery

    tery Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    9's
     
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  5. scooteraz

    scooteraz Strat-O-Master

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    10-46 for electric, 13-56 acoustic. Except 12-strings, 10-47 acoustic, 10-46 electric.

    Edit:
    Just saw the last box for the electric 12-string and it was 9-42.
     
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  6. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    All 9s all of the time.
     
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  7. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    8-38s, except on the cheesegraters and the thumpstick.
     
  8. Deafsoundguy

    Deafsoundguy Strat-Talker

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    I appreciate your humor on those choices :p

    as I get older my hands are starting to hurt a lot so stuck with 9’s. Now my thumb is really starting to bug me having to grasp that neck so tightly for silly chords and power bends. Bio freeze daily
     
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  9. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    i wish i would have started using 8-38's long before i did.
     
  10. Gonflyn

    Gonflyn Strat-Talker

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    Interesting so far, most guitar polls in general seem to show 10's at least twice as popular as the next most common (9's), but here 9's are off to a fast start.

    Wondering if its a long scale strat preference thing, but really will have to see when all the numbers are in...............................................
     
  11. Gonflyn

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    Bio-Freeze is one of my dearest friends and constant companions. Using a CBD salve now thats fantastic too.
     
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  12. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    moving down in gauge has been one of the biggest improvements for me.

    it was really hard to do at first, i was bending everything out of tune and i am not super hand strength guy, but when i was able to turn my "attack" down from an 11 to a 7, i gained so much control i will never go back up in gauge.

    if i do a slow methodical warmup i have almost zero fatigue when done playing.
     
  13. Nate D

    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I usually use these: 10-46 Slinky Strings

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    but I just started putting the EB Heavy Bottom strings on my Gibson’s and they feel great.

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    I use 9-42 Slinky Hybrids on all my electric guitars, Gibson and Fender.

    45-105 Slinky on my Bass.
     
  15. ToneRanger

    ToneRanger Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Most of my guitars I've gone to 10 gauge on - for a while I experimented with D'Addario balanced tension sets, which are cool in a way, but ultimately felt that they could be a little weaker than I liked on the low end; a standard set of 10 is the closest to being balanced across all 6 strings.

    For the three guitars I have that I use 9's on, I string them with a custom set that is what I guess you could call progressive tension - the strings are either balanced or progressively go up in tension from thin to thick strings - .009,.012,.015,.022,.032,.044.
     
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    In the old days in GB we had to play whatever strings you could get hold of, music shops only stocked limited amounts of strings and if they had them in stock for a long time you had to de-rust them, nowadays if I break a string I change the whole set but years gone by, one at a time. String breakage gigging was so common, thank god guitars got more popular.
     
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    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    9.5's
     
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    wrvond Senior Stratmaster

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    9's on most, 8's on some, D'Addario on all.
     
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    9s here, for standard and Open G
     
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    A4A1E89B-30AF-4D05-9F39-D4C5BE58F25C.jpeg I like the big sound
     
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