Too old for 10s, too young to die.

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by stratocarlster, Jan 19, 2021.

  1. systolsys

    systolsys Strat-O-Master

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    You can also down-tune by a semi-tone or two.
     
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  2. Jimi Lightning

    Jimi Lightning Most Honored Senior Member

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    9’s forever but have put some 8’s on a few and am loving it. No sound difference for me and much easier to play. As always YMMV. :)
     
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    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    I've used 8's for years. Wound on a round core, not hex.
    I tried Some Billy Gibbons 7's but they're not as flexible as the 8's I'm currently using.:thumbd:
    I like the sound I get. Not sure if anyone else does but what do I care! :p
     
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    InversePolarity Strat-Talk Member

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    Another upvote for the 9.5s here.
     
  5. Tone Quest

    Tone Quest Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I started with 9's, then went to 10's. Been there ever since. It's the sound I like.
     
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    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    IMO, it just depends what you're doing. If you're playing in a full band it makes sense to let the bass player cover the low frequencies, particularly if you're playing with a lot of distortion. If the guitar and bass are competing in the same sonic space it's going to get muddy. But if you're playing guitar by yourself that's not an issue--if you're strumming chords it's nice to have the bass strings balance the trebles. If you're playing the bass part on the guitar (Chet Atkins style, for example) you might even want more emphasis on bass than treble.
     
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    For what it’s worth, I just switched to nines after a few decades of elevens (and a brief dalliance with down-tuned twelves). I had been in a rut for a while and started practicing jazz voicings in earnest. The contortions involved started causing me wrist pain. I tried different positions and alternate fingerings, but the reduced tension of the nines made all the difference.
     
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    henderman Most Honored Senior Member

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    going down in string gauge has helped me tons i only wish i tried it sooner.

    if i was an athlete i would only want to face worthy opponents so i could feel real when i win but i am not taking a whooping to play guitar when i have to pay to do it!
     
  9. AncientAx

    AncientAx Still hacking ....

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    Always used 9’s , even when my ears functioned properly I couldn’t tell the difference ...
     
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    Well, I am 73 and use 11’s with a wound third on quite a few of my guitars with no problem. 10’s are as light as I will go and I like them with a wound third. Easier to intonate and sounds better and more balanced in volume. They all feel light to me since I play more acoustic than electric, and those all have 12’s.
     
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    I use EB 9-42 on my Brian May and on my Shred guitars (4 Kramer’s, 2mFender HM Strats, and a Jackson hardtail.

    I use 10’s on my Les Pauls, but I am thinking of setting my white LP Custom up with 11’s. I used to play 11’s on my Les Pauls but I decided to try 10’s on both of them. Bending is easier. And if I raise the stop bar there is less tension and bending is even easier.
     
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    All my guitars have 9-42s. ENJOY!!!
     
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    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Silver Member

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    I've tried going as low as 8s before, but I'm either too ham-handed or they are too flabby.

    I like 9s and 9.5s, although I've stuck with the 9s for the last couple of years.

    I think at some point I may go from the 42s up to 46s.
     
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    I’m 68 and just went down from 11’s to 10’s. Full step bends still ok, but 9’s sound enticing, though.
     
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    Scalloped fretboard and the string gauge does not matter at all.
    But thinner strings work fine with most guitars.
    If you are a hard hitter you can get some trouble using thin strings.

    Take care,
    Robin
     
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    I find 10s easier to control when bending. I tend to overbend 9s. That might be due to the fact that most of my guitars are strung with 10s and I only play the one with 9s occasionally. But I prefer the additional tension with 10s for now.
     
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    At this point I'm used to 10s on Strats, Teles and LPs, but a couple of days ago I finished "restoring" an Ibanez shredder from my teens, and at that time I always used 9s on that particular guitar, so I put 9s again. This guitar seems to be designed for optimal performance with 9s, I can't imagine anything else on it. I still prefer 10s on the others, but this Ibanez with 9s is like a breeze.

    To OP - I would try some sort of "in between" compromise if I really wanted to stay with 10s for preference but my hands needed a break. Maybe 9.5 as mentioned, or a hybrid set.

    Well, Hendrix sounded alright with 10-38 half a step down.
     
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    I went to 9.5s, definitely prefer them to the feel and sound of 9s.
     
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    I had a guitar sent here last week, an old one. I found it to be the easiest guitar I've played in over 40 years, it almost knew every tune before I played the note. I asked the seller...he said it was strung with 9-38's....wow. Eyes open, wide open!