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I switched to 11's

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Ryan McCall, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. Random1643

    Random1643 Tele-Meister

    Mar 11, 2015
    Upper Midwest
    It's all just personal preferences and experiences about guitar strings. Whatever makes you happy. And congrats to the OP for finding something that's working for you.

    What makes me happy. For electric guitar I like the feel and sound of 12-52s. For acoustics I roll with 12-53s up to 13-56s depending on the guitar. My playing style is percussive, bare fingers picking with a fair amount of slide. I've just naturally gravitated over time toward heavier strings, medium action. And I do like to bend em - with no manliness involved or implied. The caveat is that I'm 64 y.o. and I may need at some point to lighten up.

    I also play uke and banjo, but I'm a card-carrying carnivore...

  2. FenderLover

    FenderLover Friend of Leo's

    Jun 11, 2009
    I'm hopeless with 9's, 10's are OK, right at home with 11's. It's no different than finding a neck that you like, or a pair of shoes that fit.

  3. cyclopean

    cyclopean Friend of Leo's

    Aug 14, 2009
    innsmouth, MA
    i haven't eaten meat since 96 and i play 11s on my tele.
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  4. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 26, 2017
    This challenges everything sacred to me

    My world changed today
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  5. cyclopean

    cyclopean Friend of Leo's

    Aug 14, 2009
    innsmouth, MA
    13s on the jaguar.

  6. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 27, 2011
    Parts Unknown
    ”I switched to 11's”

    I switched to 10’s when I saw Bo Derek
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  7. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    BUT! you run your amp on 11??????
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  8. Dentron

    Dentron TDPRI Member

    Dec 19, 2016
    Fort Worth, TX
    There it is! Was waiting for this exact comment
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  9. DHart

    DHart Tele-Meister

    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    I use 11's on some of my electrics and 10's on others (12's on the acoustics).

    I like the 11's because they stay in pitch better for my heavy fretting and they are closer in feel to my acoustic guitars.

    Then, when I play my guitars with 10's, I feel like I'm getting a free ride. :D
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  10. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Tele-Afflicted

    I played 9,s moved up to 10's moved down to 9's, and stayed with 10's for a long time. But when I tried a strat with 11's, blew me away.. then I started putting 11's on all my teles and havent looked back ever since. fingers were sore for the first few weeks, but nothing practice cant handle.
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  11. guitar0621

    guitar0621 Tele-Meister

    May 30, 2017
    I went from 10s to 11s for a couple months and now I'm back to 10s. They are much easier to play but 11s do sound better.

  12. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 26, 2017
    People who say 11s are too much: what do you think the second string you are bending on your 9s and 10s is? Another 9 or 10?

    You can do it! I sit at a desk all day and I can do it

    Time for a montage of you all doing boxing training

    Backing track to montage: Eye of the Tiger

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  13. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Er, is your second string a B string or another E string? Tension and all that.

    That said, I use 13s or 14s, but for jazz.
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  14. Dennyf

    Dennyf Tele-Holic

    Feb 9, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    Which is exactly why I'm considering going to .009s from .010s on at least one of my Peavey Reactors. I want MORE twang! Brent Mason was mentioned as using .009s, and I thing I read somewhere that lighter strings equal more twang.

    Hmmm, let's see what I have lurking in my string box . . .
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  15. Burn Yesterday

    Burn Yesterday Tele-Meister

    Oct 5, 2012
    Durham, NC, USA
    I kind of made a decision based on sound as well as feel. I think that elevens and twelves are too middy and nines are too scooped. Tens sound good pretty much on all my guitars, and I hate to use something so mundane but there it is.

    Saxophone players have a thing about heavy rigid reeds too. But I haven't heard a good-sounding new saxophone player for decades now.
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  16. mimmo

    mimmo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 18, 2010
    Paris France - Rome Italy
    I have been using 11s for years now and never looked back.
    Welcome to the club of beefy sound :cool:

  17. JD0x0

    JD0x0 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 22, 2009
    New York
    I tried that. Lasted about one set.

    I have arthritis, as well as connective tissue issues, due to an autoimmune disease. I should probably be using light strings, but I keep coming back to the 11's and it's not about machismo.
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  18. AbisFjord

    AbisFjord Tele-Meister

    Dec 21, 2017
    Once I went to .11-.42, I never put anything else on the Tele. I use .12s on the Strat though.

  19. teleplayer99

    teleplayer99 Tele-Meister

    Apr 13, 2008
    birmingham, al
    I used to always use 10s, but the the Ernie Ball Slinkys are nice in 9s. I'll have to try some 9.5s. May try the 11s for open tunings.

  20. NiceTele

    NiceTele Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 20, 2012
    Strange how 11-49s feel easy to play on Jazzmasters, but feel too thick and heavy on my Tele

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