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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Thunderhopkins8, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. perttime

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    Good thing I have never accumulated a large stock of strings.
     
  2. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    Like I said, playing 7 gauge will cause a puppy to die but playing 11's will open a portal to Narnia and that little goat man thing will come through and kick you in the head.

    And 12's don't even try 12's, that will rip a whole in space and time and kill us all!
     
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    ukoldgit Senior Stratmaster

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    A much maligned instrument, give us a twang then:D
     
  4. DooWopRhythmSurf

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    Maaaan, where have you guys been living?!! Of COURSE thicker = different. Thicker, fuller, louder, beefier, but only because I play clean surf. I use 13s and 12s. Maybe if you “destroy” your tone with dirt and effects, sure, I could easily see how you’d never tell the difference. Although all those black metal dude seem like they’re playing on tiny little 9s or 8s.

    But clean? It’s very noticeable, and for me, far better with 12s or fatter. I’m also a rebel because I play those DR Zebras which are not actually for electrics, but for electric-acoustics. They have both nickel and brass, so they’re less bright and nice and warm.
     
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    bchaffin72 The wizard next door..... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I use 12s. Occasionally 13s. My strings don't even move!! I get my heavy tone from just beating people with the guitar itself. Trust me, it opens up a whole new tonal spectrum.........:eek::D:D
     
  6. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

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    But, if your heavy sound is a result of heavy playing, thin strings will be too low a tension and be easy to bend out of tune. It’s most noticeable on an acoustic. To really dig in and play heavy rhythm you’ll not be using 9s!
     
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  7. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

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    Fretless bass..............fretless guitar................stringless guitar................nah, can’t see it!
     
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    I recently tried a set of Rev. Willy's 7 - 38s on my Lester. Super string bendy fun! Much to my surprise they sounded great when using a lot of overdrive - they rocked hard.

    With a pure clean amp tone they just did not cut it. Anemic - too tinny and bright.

    9-46s are back on it now. YMMV...
     
  10. dirocyn

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    Different strokes for different folks
    it takes all kinds
    Allah loves a wondrous variety
    There is no accounting for taste

    String gauge is a matter of personal preference. What sounds "good" is a matter of personal preference. Heavier strings are louder unplugged, some guitars become a lot louder when you get just the right amount of tension on 'em. To a limited extent you can "EQ" a guitar by adjusting string gauge.

    I personally prefer about 11s on Gibson scale and 9s on Fender scale.
     
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    I can’t believe I just paged through 3 pages of smart alec comments in hopes of finding a real discussion lol
     
  12. LPBlue

    LPBlue "That Guy", again...dammit! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Generally, those with the least to say have the most to say!:rolleyes:
     
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    The strings are thicker, fuller, louder, beefier, but only because you play clean surf?

    Ps. There was an experiment done by some people, somewhere. They couldn't tell the difference.
     
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    I believe what the OP says.
     
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    I think this makes sense, although 8s and 7s would be too much on the thin side. I have been using 10s for some time now but played 9s for many years. Ive been considering putting a set of 9s on my main guitar just to see what happens. I have a kind of paradox situation as my picking hand has become very heavy after I switched to 10s, but my fretting hand has been fighting really hard to control those strings. I feel like Ive lost finesse. My left hand is now more crude, my finger vibratos are more cramped, but Im stuck on those 10s because my right hand is heavy and the 9s would be too slack for it now. I would have to play softer.

    A very good player in Brazil once said that he likes 9s because the strings "snore" more than 10s. I think he really meant something like "roar", as in "the string roars" (but he used the verb to snore in portuguese). Its logical - with less strength, a lighter string will vibrate more, and go faster into that overpowered territory, which gives the impression of more power. Heavier strings, as has been said, are more focused and probably retain more of the fundamental. The thing is, if a bear played guitar on the heaviest set of strings, it would make the strings vibrate just as much as a normal man on a light set of strings. It boils down to who is a bear or not. I'm not a bear, and I'm not getting physically stronger with age, so I'll probably have to go down one gauge.

    Writing this post has been a catharsis to me. Thank you.
     
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  17. Class A Knob

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    Agreed, this is fake news and a witch hoax. Drop tuning and extra light strings don't mix unless your going for cooked angel hair pasta.
     
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    This is awesome. I made it through one whole page and not one us took the bait I'm moving on Nothing to see here.
     
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    I get the best results on my bass using barbed wire. It's rough on my fingers, but the tone!

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  20. Sarnodude

    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

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    only if the lab mice are wearing white leisure suits..ask Steve Martin, he knows.
     
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