Strat String Gauge

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by riocoolnes, Dec 21, 2020.

  1. Audiowonderland

    Audiowonderland Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    No, 8's have been around for ever. I used them for short stints a few times in the 80's. I don't know who else made them at the time but I used Fender sets back then. I loved the bendability, hated the intonation problems I had because my technique just wasn't where it needed to be.
     
  2. dirocyn

    dirocyn Most Honored Senior Member

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    Your memory is correct. Fender started selling .008s and .009s as individual strings in 1970, and included both in string sets in 1974. In 1974 Fender's 150XL was 9-40, and the 150SL was 8-38. It's possible other companies were selling similar sets a couple years earlier.

    The music store in my podunk town didn't stock strings smaller than 9s, even into the 1990s. I remember seeing 8s for the first time in an urban music store around 1995. There were several different brands and I remember being confused by the nomenclature of extra light vs. super light vs. ultra light vs. ultra slinky or whatever. Every company used different terminology and I suspect that's why we refer to a set of 9s instead of just extra light.
     
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  3. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Much the same if not worse here, and few makes to choose from.
     
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    systolsys Strat-O-Master

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    Not even then....

     
  5. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Fuzz Meister General

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    I use 10.5-48 EB’s or D’addario. They much gooder :D
     
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    Answer to OP = pure hogwash. You can switch between 9s and 10s, which are equally common, easily. You may need to adjust saddle height or neck relief if your neck is really whippy, but most likely not. You may need to tighten the trem claw a tun or two since 10s exert more tension, but again, probably not. Fender's nuts are cut to run either 9s or 10s. If you want to get really fusyy, you might consider using a 9.5 set, which is what I use on Strats. It's no miracle, but does seem to "nail it" given the "9s are too loose, 10s are to stiff" situation some of us experience. I'm fine with both 9s and 10s, so the 9.5s make the whole thing go away.
     
  7. Tdurden032

    Tdurden032 Strat-O-Master

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    I’ve tried a number of strings (brands and gauges) over the years and I keep coming back to Ernie ball super slinky’s (9’s). Very rarely break one and there’s just something about the feel that’s just right where I want them.
     
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  8. The_Whale

    The_Whale Strat-Talker

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    "I over heard somebody"

    uh huh..
     
  9. rbspql

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    That's interesting: I could say the same with D'Addarios (10s): when I tried the EBs I found out I easily break them: it never happens with D'Addarios! Go figure...
     
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    Thanks for sharing - I hear that same comment from other players from time to time (EB supers breaking), but I haven’t had that issue for whatever reason. I typically block my trems but maybe it’s just my wimpy hand strength - lol. I really like the sound (amplified or otherwise) that they make and maybe I wind up re-tuning a lot after a really bendy song, but they just seem to feel best to me.
     
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    Yes, I liked the EBs a lot, but after a couple of sets where I broke a thin string I switched back to D'Addarios. Which I like too, so no problems...
    It is just strange, I can't explain it. I almost never broke a D'Addario. Maybe we're in synch as fellow Italians... ;-)
     
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    I use 9s and tune to E Flat . I've tried going with 10s and I really don't hear much difference in tone . Even Rick Biatto thinks 9s sound better . Yngwie uses 8s and Hendrix did as well .
     
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    FWIW - They were selling 7's in the 1970's. I'd go 9's on the longer Strat scale.
     
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    eclecticsynergy Senior Stratmaster

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    .0095-.044 set on a Strat seems to feel about the same as regular .010s on a Les Paul.

    My hands are getting older now. After many decades of using .010s, I'm planning a switch pretty soon to .009s for my Fenders and .0095s on Gibsons and PRSs.

    Will keep one or two guitars strung with .010s; the .0095s don't cut it for me on slide. Was surprised how little tone was lost when I tried 'em, but just couldn't make 'em work for slide.
     
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    9-46 feels just wrong to me, on any guitar. I like to dig in, and I started playing using 11s. The last ten years I’ve been using 10-52. And Dunlop Jazz III max grip.
     
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    Lol - I love it - as I think about it, I’ve always had great luck with D’Addarios as well - the super slinky’s just seem to be my happy place as it relates to strings...
     
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    9-42 on a Strat with the tremolo non floating feels the same as 10-46 on my Les Paul and SG.
     
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    I ran 9s on Fender and 10s on my Gibsons for a while, but now I just use 9-46 on everything.
     
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    Thats what I go for.
     
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    HazyPurple Without stress... my life would be empty Silver Member

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    Good man! :thumb:
     
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