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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

    62 vote(s)
    21.6%
  2. 9.5-44

    21 vote(s)
    7.3%
  3. 10-46

    146 vote(s)
    50.9%
  4. 11-49

    49 vote(s)
    17.1%
  5. 12-54

    8 vote(s)
    2.8%
  6. 13-62 (There's no way someone's going to use these on a Tele, right?)

    1 vote(s)
    0.3%
  1. AlexEP

    AlexEP Tele-Meister

    Age:
    49
    290
    Nov 14, 2011
    Genoa, Italy

  2. hrstrat57

    hrstrat57 Tele-Holic

    685
    Nov 21, 2016
    Rhode Island
    10-46 on 72 Thinline 11-49 on AVRI 52
     

  3. cntry666

    cntry666 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2010
    decatur, ga

  4. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Common for jazz guys, but on archtops. I like the tension.
     

  5. crossroader

    crossroader Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Age:
    61
    Sep 24, 2004
    Endicott, NY
    Ernie Ball Regular Slinky's on all my Telecasters.

    The only exception is my Squier J5. For whatever reasons, that guitar plays and sounds best with "Power Slinky's" (11's).
     
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  6. kurtmanifest1

    kurtmanifest1 Tele-Meister

    305
    Oct 17, 2013
    Argentina
    Ernie ball 10´s on my MIM and American Special and 11´s on my AV52
     
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  7. basher

    basher Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 7, 2007
    Washington, DC
    I used 10s for years, but I tried 11s on a whim a couple of months ago and I don't think I'll be able to go back.
     
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  8. Henry Mars

    Henry Mars Tele-Holic

    659
    Jan 17, 2014
    Bucks Co. PA
    I used to use 15-60 on most of my guitars years ago.
     

  9. Henry Mars

    Henry Mars Tele-Holic

    659
    Jan 17, 2014
    Bucks Co. PA
    11 - 48 Cobalts on my Tele's
     

  10. viking

    viking Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    51
    Jan 23, 2007
    Denmark
    All guitars are in regular tuning , all have 10-46 on them
     

  11. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Age:
    53
    Nov 18, 2010
    Vancouver
    D'Addario: Strat & Tele get 9-42. The Ibanez's get 10-46 or sometimes 10-52.
     

  12. JustStartingOut

    JustStartingOut Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

    I tried 10.5-46 for a while, I liked it at first then put regular 10's back on. So, back to GHS Boomers 10-46 on both teles now.
     
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  13. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    I'd shake your hand but I'm afraid you'd crush it.
     

  14. unixfish

    unixfish Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free + Supporter

    Apr 20, 2013
    Northeast Ohio, USA
    "Played with" 9-42 for a while, and went back to 10-46. I also switched from D'Addario to Ernie Balls.

    Not that it matters...
     
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  15. jimash

    jimash Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 5, 2013
    NJ
    Lately it's D'Addario .09 - .46 on the Teles, but I am sure that .10's would sound better.
    .10-.46 on the BC Rich and Les Paul, and Gretsches.
     

  16. RockNRollin_Nolan

    RockNRollin_Nolan TDPRI Member

    Age:
    18
    81
    Aug 30, 2017
    Chandler, AZ
    Those 10 packs are a very good value. I wish D'Addario would sell 10 packs of 9.5s, but they don't. I figure it's because it's not a commonly used string gauge... Oh well.

    15-60? I've never heard strings used that thick on any guitar, let alone an electric. That's crazy!
     

  17. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Tele-Afflicted

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Might want to suffix the 13-62 gauge entry with "SRV wanna be" o_O;):twisted:


    FWIW, I view the string gauges as:

    _9 ga = string wiggling/bending players
    10 ga = normal 'playing' players
    11 ga = rhythm & jazz players
    12 ga = heavy jazz & metal players
    13 ga = finger masochists
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2017
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  18. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Some archtop string set back in the day had wound B strings!
     
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  19. RockNRollin_Nolan

    RockNRollin_Nolan TDPRI Member

    Age:
    18
    81
    Aug 30, 2017
    Chandler, AZ
    "Finger masochists" :lol:
     

  20. Henry Mars

    Henry Mars Tele-Holic

    659
    Jan 17, 2014
    Bucks Co. PA
     
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