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Does Fender put 09's or 10's on new Tele and Strats?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Revelation, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. Revelation

    Revelation Tele-Meister

    Aug 4, 2018
    Just curious, I would think 10's but what do I know? :D
  2. viccortes285

    viccortes285 Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 14, 2017
    Actually.009'sTeles have always come with
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  3. bftfender

    bftfender Friend of Leo's

    Dec 21, 2017
    York PA
    9's on my 2017 American Strat
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  4. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jun 4, 2005
    Williamsville NY
    I don’t remember what is standard on what Fender model, but it definitely varies by model, especially the signature models. Squiers are almost uniformly .009-.042.
  5. jimgchord

    jimgchord Tele-Holic

    Apr 3, 2018
  6. 8barlouie

    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    May 9, 2015
    Seekonk, MA
    I’ve noticed a trend toward lighter strings being standard on new guitars. 9s seem to be the norm. I wonder how that might affect me down the road when I buy one used and try putting 11s on. Up until now, I’ve gotten away without having to do nut work, but I might be living on borrowed time. Might have to invest in a set of nut files.
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  7. Revelation

    Revelation Tele-Meister

    Aug 4, 2018
    I just changed strings on my new Professional Tele and your right they were 09's. I put 10's on and I like it better. Besides having a slightly fuller sound the high E does not have that ice pick that the 9 string gave it.

    Do most prefer 9's or 10's?
  8. jannodude

    jannodude Tele-Holic

    Aug 10, 2016
    SF Bay Area/California
    I started with 11’s but went back down to 9’s. I might move back up to 10 though! I want a little bit more resistance.
  9. TelePlank

    TelePlank TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

    Jul 7, 2018
    I’ve tried to use 10’s, but I just didn’t like them so back to 9’s I went.
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  10. blille

    blille Tele-Afflicted

    The specific set is mentioned on the website for each model.
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  11. dan1952

    dan1952 Friend of Leo's

    Jun 24, 2004
    Anderson, IN
    Nines. That means that on a Strat the original owner will have to do some pretty serious setup work to make the trem work right.
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  12. Slim Chance

    Slim Chance Tele-Holic

    Mar 1, 2011
    Beltway, USA
    From what I have noticed Fender puts 9s on modern guitars and 10s on vintage style guitars. There may be exceptions.
  13. John C

    John C Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Sep 20, 2005
    Kansas City
    That seems to be the "rule of thumb" for Fenders; the exceptions being the Artist Series guitars which are probably up to the individual artist as to what they want them to come with.
  14. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    Well, one would think they would just use 9s, and cut the nuts for that. If you want to go to 10, general consensus is you don't have to alter the nut, but if you're a perfectionist, maybe you do. 11s and you're on your own.

    Except I doubt there's any logic to what they do, and even if they string with 9s, maybe they cut nuts for 10s anyway.

    Not singly Fender out for this, but I doubt they could even tell you. They're not killing themselves on the record-keeping, and I don't think there's a guy at the factory checking nuts for perfectly matching nut cuts.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018
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  15. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    Some of us march to a different drummer. 10 on the high side, 11 on the low.

    Straight 9s are too slinky for me, but I don't do heavy bending like a lot of players do.

  16. Rufustelestrats

    Rufustelestrats Tele-Holic

    yes either 9s or 10s depending on the model.
  17. AAT65

    AAT65 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    I think all the Teles and Strats nowadays come with .009 - .042 sets. Most Jazzmasters, Jaguars and the MIM Offsets come with .010 - .046.
    I changed my Tele to .009 - .046 to get better low-end when using Drop D tuning but I’m going to try .010 - .046 on there as well since I like the feel on the Jazzy.
    You won’t find a consensus on string gauge except perhaps on the idea that YMMV!
  18. nosuch

    nosuch Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2008
    Yes, I think you are correct. One of the exeptions was the George Harrison Tribute which came with 009s. They put it into the specs on their website.
    Changing one way or the other is not a big deal.
  19. RoCkstAr256

    RoCkstAr256 Tele-Holic

    Jan 3, 2017
    You can always try 9,5-44
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  20. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 30, 2011

    IIRC, most are 9's, but U.S.A. reissues come with 10's. Not sure about MIM reissues.
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