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What String Gauge Do You Use For The Telecaster?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by RockNRollin_Nolan, Sep 11, 2017.

What's Your Favorite String Gauge

  1. 9-42

    72 vote(s)
  2. 9.5-44

    22 vote(s)
  3. 10-46

    168 vote(s)
  4. 11-49

    62 vote(s)
  5. 12-54

    10 vote(s)
  6. 13-62 (There's no way someone's going to use these on a Tele, right?)

    1 vote(s)
  1. RockNRollin_Nolan

    RockNRollin_Nolan Tele-Meister

    Aug 30, 2017
    Chandler, AZ
    I've just been wondering which string gauge people use on their Teles. I've been using D'Addario 9.5-44 for the last 9 months and they've been my preferred gauge ever since. I like the compromise between the ease of playing you get with the 9s and the tone and more stable feeling of 10s.

    Does anyone here use anything above 10s for their Tele?
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  2. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Friend of Leo's

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Actually, I use the now discontinued Fender #1550 (11,15,22w,32,40,48) pure nickel jazz wound string set with wound G/3rd.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2017
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  3. sjtalon

    sjtalon Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    D'Addarios EXL110 with a wound G.

  4. troy2003

    troy2003 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 30, 2010
    Central Minnesota
    I use .09-.42 Ernie Ball Super Slinkies. I've tried .10's, Hybrids, but keep going back to .09's. I'm just going to stay there
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  5. Rufustelestrats

    Rufustelestrats Tele-Meister

    I have a squire with the 13s on it, wound G, and it is tuned 1/2 step down, otherwise 10s on everything.

  6. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

  7. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    I just use the D'Addario 10-46 set on Strats and Teles, 11-48 on my Gretsch.

  8. jaybones

    jaybones Tele-Afflicted

    DR Tite Fit 10's on my Teles and hardtail Strat.

    Strats I use DR Lite 'N Heavy hybrid sets. Even though I free float by tremolos and use a tremsetter they're still a bit easier to bend.

  9. RockNRollin_Nolan

    RockNRollin_Nolan Tele-Meister

    Aug 30, 2017
    Chandler, AZ
    Man, 14s? I've never heard of anyone using 14s on a guitar other than to play metal... Actually, I never heard anyone use 14s on a guitar. Period. I'm sure your fingers are very strong as a result!
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  10. brobar

    brobar Tele-Holic

    May 30, 2017
    I've got 10s on one tele and 9s on another tele trying to decide ultimately what I'll stick with. I'm leaning more towards the 10s. I've got 10s on my strat, 10s on my Les Paul and 9s on my Ibanez JS (mainly because I prefer the 9s with the Floyd). I have a feeling I'll ultimately stick with 10s on everything else.

  11. Ooba Tooba

    Ooba Tooba Tele-Meister

    Jul 10, 2017
    Toledo Ohio USA
    I've used 10s since the 90s but popped a high e recently and put an 11 on there. I may string up a full 11 set and see how they feel.

  12. voskarp

    voskarp TDPRI Member

    Feb 12, 2017
    Uppsala, Sweden
    I use Rotosound Yellows (10-46). I like them better than the D'addario 10's I used before.
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  13. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    I've only swapped the strings on one of my guitars so far (the rest have what they had on them from new - or new to me).

    My Hamer XT (Indonesian) had some heavy-duty strings on it. the heaviest gauge were smooth wound and the bottom three, although solid, were also noticeably a lot heavier than the 09 set I replaced them with. My guitar tutor said they were good strings - almost like bass strings - but too heavy for what I need.
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  14. Lobomov

    Lobomov Friend of Leo's

    Jul 15, 2013
    Two teles .. One with a set of 9s and one with a set of 10s depending on application

  15. Knowcaster

    Knowcaster Tele-Meister

    Jun 30, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    10s for me on all my electrics. I order a 10 pack of D'Addario EXL110 sets for $32.95 from Amazon, with free shipping.
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  16. jgmouton

    jgmouton Tele-Meister

    Jun 21, 2009
    9.5 is the best compromise for me.
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  17. EddieLocrian

    EddieLocrian Tele-Holic

    Feb 7, 2014
    My am deluxe came fitted with .9s?
    Since then stuck with them, I like em.

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  18. Lupo

    Lupo Tele-Holic

    May 19, 2014
    You are negletcting the 9-46 option... that I use on my strat, not on the tele...
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  19. Twang Tone

    Twang Tone Friend of Leo's

    Apr 15, 2005
    Ernie Ball, Fender Pure Nickel or D'Addario EXL 10-46 on most of my Teles and Strats.

    Only my Squier Classic Vibe gets 9-42 as that's what feels best on that guitar.

  20. rad1

    rad1 Tele-Holic

    Aug 5, 2015
    Santa Cruz CA
    I'm currently using a hybrid set, DR Pure Blues pure nickel round core 9-46
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