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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:36 pm    Post subject: String gauge? Reply with quote

Rhysyrhys' new Strat post got me thinking, do you use the same string gauge on all your guitars of the same scale length? I realise teh shortscales will have the chubbier stringd. I string thus:

Strat - 9s
Riviera - 9s
Gibson SG - 10s
Yamaha SG -10s
Tele - 11s
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ernie Ball Regular Slinky on everything. I wanna try Super Slinkys again though.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Picato Flatwound 11's on my Jag & Mustang
I use 11's on everything
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

10's on everything except for short scales.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For some time now I've played in nothing other than standard tuning. So it's been 9's on;

Fender Telecasters
Fender Duo Sonic
Epiphone Sheraton

My other guitars hardly get played so I won't count them in.

Usually d'addario. But I have tried Rotosound, Elixir and not really got on with them as well.

However, there has been a recent change.
I recently bought an Epiphone SG400 purely on a Tony Iommi trip and thought I'd try 8's just because he used them. It's been a bit of a revelation, one of those "the guitar plays itself" moments were bends, scale runs and riffs seem twice as fast and effortless.
I'm thinking of using 8's more often but I do understand the only reason they feel so nice is because I haven't used them for over 15 years.

If your bored some time try it, it's good fun.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use 10s on all standard scale lengths, but bumped it up to 11s for my Mustang back in the day. I play almost exclusively half step down or lower these days though, so if I were to play my JM or buy a strat that's tuned to standard, I could well try out 9s again.

I'm also conscious of the fact that I'm not a young 'un any more, so things like rheumatism and carpal tunnel issues later on are going to be nearer the front of my mind. It's not just about being comfortable and sounding as good as I can *now*, but in years to come as well. Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends what I'm doing with the guitar. Having played bass for so long, 9s take some real adjustment not to accidentally press too hard, and I couldn't fathom 8s Shocked I also am a firm believer that a thicker gauge sounds better (up to a certain point).

25.5" scale get a standard set of 11-50s. Unless I'm down tuning it, in which case they get these in 12-60.

24.75" scale typically get light top heavy bottom, 10-56. But again, if down tuning, those DDTs, except 11-54.

24" scale always 11-50s. Anything lower doesn't have enough tension, anything higher feels kind of strange for reasons I can't really explain.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to do this sort of opposite. So, on my Jag-Stang I'd play 009's, as i wanted it slinky as hell. Then, on everything else 010's or 011's. Then I went to 012's and 013's on everything. I liked struggling a bit with playing and having something to fight against and I've always been an aggressive player.

In the last year or so I've gone back to playing 010's on pretty much everything and realising that I quite like being able to play effortlessly.

Always d'addarios now. For a while I liked Rotos, but I think that maybe they sound great when they're brand new, like, they sound newer out of the pack than other strings, so you think they're great.

Overall, I've learned that it probably doesn't matter too much which gauge or brand, but that I'm probably always going to buy a specific gauge and brand just incase.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fran wrote:
For some time now I've played in nothing other than standard tuning. So it's been 9's on;

Fender Telecasters
Fender Duo Sonic
Epiphone Sheraton

My other guitars hardly get played so I won't count them in.

Usually d'addario. But I have tried Rotosound, Elixir and not really got on with them as well.

However, there has been a recent change.
I recently bought an Epiphone SG400 purely on a Tony Iommi trip and thought I'd try 8's just because he used them. It's been a bit of a revelation, one of those "the guitar plays itself" moments were bends, scale runs and riffs seem twice as fast and effortless.
I'm thinking of using 8's more often but I do understand the only reason they feel so nice is because I haven't used them for over 15 years.

If your bored some time try it, it's good fun.


Never tried 8s... also a standard tuning guy, never really got into alternate tunings
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only play Strats really, and it has to be 9s for me. AND I'm tuned to E flat at the moment, in and out of open G (flat) tuning.

Side note: There's a lot of this nonsense kicking about in the guitar world that higher string gauges yield the best tone, but your best tone surely comes from being able to play at your best, comfortably. It's all the factors combined, innit.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

D'addario 11s on everything, for like 10 years. Though, whenever I go home and play 25.5 geetar, it feels suuuuuper-stiff compared to the 11s on my shortscale Silvertone and Mustang. Maaaay need to start sticking 12s on those 2, lest my hands to turn to weak jelly
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flatwound .13's on everything.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if these came in flatwound i would buy them butt fuck ridgies


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Les Paul - 11-52
Jazzmaster - 10-52
Coronado - some flatwounds like Robroe, but I don't really like them so it'll be getting 10-52
Martin - Can't remember - 11s or 12s

The Les Paul gets by far the most play, and feels natural, anything heavier than that and it feels like the guitar is fighting me, anything lighter than 10-52 and it doesn't feel right, like playing spaghetti.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

10s on the Strat.
11s on everything else.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have exclusively used Ernie Ball Cobalt packs for the last 9 years or so, or since they were released. My main playing guitars are always strung with 10-56 or 52 Light-Heavy and shortscales with 12s. I string acoustics with 11s and if I had one I'd have a Dano/plywood model strung with 13s or 12s because that is always super fun.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dezb1 wrote:
Fran wrote:
For some time now I've played in nothing other than standard tuning. So it's been 9's on;

Fender Telecasters
Fender Duo Sonic
Epiphone Sheraton

My other guitars hardly get played so I won't count them in.

Usually d'addario. But I have tried Rotosound, Elixir and not really got on with them as well.

However, there has been a recent change.
I recently bought an Epiphone SG400 purely on a Tony Iommi trip and thought I'd try 8's just because he used them. It's been a bit of a revelation, one of those "the guitar plays itself" moments were bends, scale runs and riffs seem twice as fast and effortless.
I'm thinking of using 8's more often but I do understand the only reason they feel so nice is because I haven't used them for over 15 years.

If your bored some time try it, it's good fun.


Never tried 8s... also a standard tuning guy, never really got into alternate tunings

I like a guitar to be easy to play, my hands get put through enough in a working day without picking the instrument up and grappling with 12 gauge or some shit. I know there's the tone argument but it's a load of bollocks in my opinion.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it really depends on your playing style; one of the biggest differences between light and heavy strings is how sharp they go on the initial attack, especially if you really dig in. Was watching this earlier, a bit waffley but interesting


Link

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In the above video, there's some differences for sure, but nothing an EQ knob wouldn't readdress. I think so much of this stuff is about what feels right to you. That shit is gonna have an effect on your playing, which will have an instant effect on the whole shebang. We're nae robots, capn.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use 10s both on electrics and acoustics. It feels so much easier for me to play 10s on acoustic instead of regular 11s or 12s. Might wanna try 9s and 8s on electric
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doog wrote:
I think it really depends on your playing style; one of the biggest differences between light and heavy strings is how sharp they go on the initial attack, especially if you really dig in. Was watching this earlier, a bit waffley but interesting


Link

(jump-to links in the description)

In the above video, there's some differences for sure, but nothing an EQ knob wouldn't readdress. I think so much of this stuff is about what feels right to you. That shit is gonna have an effect on your playing, which will have an instant effect on the whole shebang. We're nae robots, capn.

Quite interesting. I didn't know Billy Gibbons uses 7's Shocked

Thinking about it, I'm quite a delicate player, which is maybe why the strings don't go sharp for me.
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