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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Gonflyn, May 11, 2020.
What do you use the most
It really depends on the guitar
9-42 for standard tuning
10-46 for Eb
11's for D and drop c
Use .009s, .010s, and .011s, depending on the guitar ... but mostly use .010s.
10-46 for electric, 13-56 acoustic. Except 12-strings, 10-47 acoustic, 10-46 electric.
Just saw the last box for the electric 12-string and it was 9-42.
All 9s all of the time.
8-38s, except on the cheesegraters and the thumpstick.
I appreciate your humor on those choices
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
i wish i would have started using 8-38's long before i did.
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...............................................
Bio-Freeze is one of my dearest friends and constant companions. Using a CBD salve now thats fantastic too.
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.
I usually use these: 10-46 Slinky Strings
but I just started putting the EB Heavy Bottom strings on my Gibson’s and they feel great.
I use 9-42 Slinky Hybrids on all my electric guitars, Gibson and Fender.
45-105 Slinky on my Bass.
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.
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.
9's on most, 8's on some, D'Addario on all.
9s here, for standard and Open G
I like the big sound