Too old for 10s, too young to die.

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  1. dirocyn

    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    I'd looked at this same document before and not seen it--but I had a blurrier copy. Thanks. 150SL and XL are listed below bass strings, not next to the 150s where I expected them to be. I stand corrected, 8s and 9s came out in 1970.

    Still, if Jimi played 9s he did so only during the last few months of his life.
     
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    HazyPurple Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    9-46s are a great choice, even for a 52 yo.
     
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    Sarnodude Most Honored Senior Member

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    I am 60 yo and retired , so I have more time to practice than I ever did.
    As a result, bending is easier, vibrato is better, and I can play faster.
    Using DR pure blues 9-42. If I lose hand strength in a few years, I'll use 8's.
     
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    9s...pfft. 8s? 7s??? You're all worthless and weak!
     
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    They are claiming is is from published accurate sources.

    "This list was culled solely from authenticated sources (i.e., Guitar World or Guitar Player magazine, among others), typically involving interviews with either the artist themselves or their personal guitar technician."
     
  6. dirocyn

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    Yeah, well...they don't cite any articles, and they're wrong.
     
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    Worthless and weak my a**
    Robert Conrad I dare you.jpg
    :p
     
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    kjatexas Strat-Talk Member

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    I find 9s too light, and 10s a tad too heavy, I like D'Addario 9.5-44.
     
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    hahaha in a way so true.

    I have fairly big hands but they are not the strongest, so 9 is perfect, but I know this old guy who does pushups on 2 and 3 fingertips and if he played guitar I bet he could bend 13's all day.
     
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    try a set of 8-38..some guys here love em... bend like crazy
     
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    Problem is, I love the feel of 10s. My most recent purchase, a tele, came strung with 9s and I couldn't get them off quick enough.
    Another problem is I am a ham-fisted guitarist who squeezes the life out of the neck, and 10s are more forgiving.
    So it won't be easy but I'm definitely going to give 9-46 a try,
     
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    9s for me, but I'm old. Tried tens, no problem bending, but finger vibrato suffered,
    this is a 10
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    I went to 9-46 on a couple of my guitars. Made bends easier found myself breaking them more often so I just bought a pack of about 10 single 9's from AMS for a few bucks to take the worry out of it. Haven't had any issues with the B strings but I'd buy a pack of singles of those too.
     
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    9's on a long neck like a Strat. 10's on an LP.
     
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    10.5-48 on Strat and PRS scale, 11-48 on Gibson scale and 12-53 on Taylor scale.
     
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    I used to buy the standard set, and swap out the G for a .014 (45cents Canadian), but then I got too lazy to bother doing that
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    Why a "retreat" to 9s as if it is a lesser thing than 10s?
    It isn't any more manly or superior or any such nonsense to play 9s.
    Bigger strings doesn't make up for anyone's deficiencies in other areas, just like big 4x4 trucks don't.
     
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    Too old for 9s, arthritis....
     
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    While it relieves tension moving forward it reduces the tension and in doing so reduces the effect of your bending thus making you bend further to achieve the tension required to produce the desired pitch. There's no going around the physics, to increase pitch of a string you need to increase its tension.
     
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    Ok, I hope no one was offended by my earlier comment. It was meant in jest.

    I use .10s or .10.5s on 25.5" scale guitars, and .11s on 24.75 and 24" scale necks. I just think they sound better. I play with fingers only about 99% of the time and have a heavy plucking and strumming technique with my thumb. Light strings just don't work for me. I'm lucky to not have any issues with my hand that necessitate lighter strings, at least not yet.
     
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