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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by CaineIsCarter, Feb 13, 2017.
Do you have to reinforce the back of the neck with a few coats of Crazy Glue?
Guitar necks are plenty strong. What was the gauge of strings Teles first came with, 13s?
That was good American wood. Not that genetically inferior Chinese wood.
I would never in a million years try 14s, but now I have to, on my Slidecaster Esquire.
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I'm pretty sure Wilko Johnson has used 11s for years...
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.
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.
GHS Boomer 11-50 on Teles and Strats, GHS Boomer 12-52 on Les Paul and baritone Tele...
ive used 11s for years now on all my guitars was breaking way to many strings with 10s.
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
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.
Yes, 11s on all of my electrics
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.
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.
On anything not tuned to E standard.
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.
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?
9-42 on my Strat, 10-46 on electric without a trem, and 12s on the old dreadnaught.
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.
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
lol they had to advertise the 3rd string being wound ?