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Who uses 11s?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by CaineIsCarter, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
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    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    I'm intrigued:

    Do you have to reinforce the back of the neck with a few coats of Crazy Glue?
     

  2. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Guitar necks are plenty strong. What was the gauge of strings Teles first came with, 13s?
     

  3. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
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    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    That was good American wood. Not that genetically inferior Chinese wood.

    Just joking.

    I would never in a million years try 14s, but now I have to, on my Slidecaster Esquire.
     

  4. wyclif

    wyclif Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 29, 2011
    Philadelphia
    I'm pretty sure Wilko Johnson has used 11s for years...

     
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  5. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free + Supporter

    Me, too, probably because of playing acoustic for 30 years before I discovered they made guitars you could plug in. I get mine with a wound G, I guess for the same reason.
     

  6. RoyBGood

    RoyBGood Poster Extraordinaire

    It's not the neck that's strong - it's the truss rod. Put 13s on a neck with the rod slackened right off to check this. :eek:
     

  7. gtr_mann

    gtr_mann TDPRI Member

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    Dec 29, 2012
    GHS Boomer 11-50 on Teles and Strats, GHS Boomer 12-52 on Les Paul and baritone Tele...
     

  8. oldfish

    oldfish Tele-Meister

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    Aug 23, 2015
    uk
    ive used 11s for years now on all my guitars was breaking way to many strings with 10s.
     

  9. JamGuy541

    JamGuy541 TDPRI Member

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    Dec 15, 2016
    State of Jefferson
    I've been stuck on EBall 11-48s for years... and for all my guitars. They're relatively cheap and seem to hold up fairly well... I don't do much experimentation with string types. As far as gauge, 10s feel too light for my tastes and 12s feel to heavy... suppose to each their own
     

  10. Aras Bruce

    Aras Bruce TDPRI Member

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    Dec 9, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    I am a d'addario 10's and 11's guy. I think I have a set of each on my strat's, 10s on my tele's as I haven't built up strength to go higher when practicing pedal steel 1/2 & whole step multi string bends (would like to go to 11's on one of them) and 11's on my les Paul. They certainly don't feel like 11's though. For me it all depends on what style I'm into playing at the time, how much bending versus chugging chords etc. and then also what sets I happen to have on hand when stringing up.
     

  11. voodooblues

    voodooblues Friend of Leo's

    Sep 12, 2012
    Berwyn, Il
    Yes, 11s on all of my electrics
     

  12. MadJack

    MadJack Friend of Leo's

    Feb 18, 2012
    Candler, FL
    These are what I've been using, since I bought a bunch on clearance. I use them with the wound .018s on my single coil guitars, except my Casino, which I use D'Addario 11s.
    [​IMG]

    Both GHS and Pyramid have similar sets, that I'll be trying to see which I like.

    On my LPs and ES-339 I use D'Addario 10s. I can't say why, other than that's what I like on them.
     

  13. Deckard

    Deckard Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 9, 2014
    Ontario, Canada
    On anything not tuned to E standard.
     
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  14. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    60
    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    Damn, do I feel stupid:

    The D'Addario 11s I put on my Esquire, that I posted above how much I love, are actually 13s!!! Just looked at the package.

    Don't get old, boys and girls. The mind is the first thing to go.
     
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  15. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    60
    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    Can I go off-topic?

    REALLY off-topic, since it involves steel acoustic strings?

    Back in the 70s, LaBella sold strings in a long plastic tube; they weren't wrapped in a circle. They were called LaBella Sweet Talking Bronze.

    I adored the freaking things, and I think the marketing concept was that since they were shipped straight and not circle coiled, they somehow retained more of something in their tonality.

    Now, I would swear by this. But you have to remember this was the 70s, and there were other factors affecting my judgment--my social circles and our recreational activities.

    Do ANY of the old farts here like me remember these strings?
     

  16. rburd2

    rburd2 Tele-Holic

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    37
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    Sep 13, 2016
    Georgia, US
    9-42 on my Strat, 10-46 on electric without a trem, and 12s on the old dreadnaught.
     

  17. heffus

    heffus Tele-Meister

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    Apr 20, 2014
    cHICAGO
    Damn right!!
     

  18. Matt G

    Matt G Tele-Meister

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    Dec 6, 2012
    Australia
    All my tele work is with thumb (usually pick) and first three fingers. I don't think I could play anything less than 11s, and I often wonder if I should shift up a grade or two. The only reason I haven't bumped it up to 12s or 13s is that it's a right nuisance to risk buying them (at the usual Australia tax) and then perhaps find out they were a bad idea. In principle, though, I'd play the heaviest strings I could tolerate -- better pickability, and probably better tone too.
     

  19. GreatGaudy

    GreatGaudy TDPRI Member

    87
    Jul 13, 2016
    noVa
    I put flatwound 11's on a semihollow 6 months ago
    ...havent touched it in 6 months.
    dam, I was struggling just to get a quarter step bend :(
     

  20. GreatGaudy

    GreatGaudy TDPRI Member

    87
    Jul 13, 2016
    noVa
    lol they had to advertise the 3rd string being wound ?
     

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