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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by CaineIsCarter, Feb 13, 2017.
Back in the day, some archtop players had wound B strings!
I use 11's on my Fenders tuned to E. usually D'Addario or EB. Don't feel too much difference between the brands. 11's feel like a good compromise for me, they're heavy enough for a fat clean "jazzy" tone and slinky enough for some bendy rock/blues playing. Tried to step back to 10's a while ago but my bends and vibrato ended up all over the place lol.
I'm practicing/playing like 3-4 hrs every day so I guess my hands have gotten quite strong from that. I also do hand strength excersises with a stress ball. If I weren't playing as much as I do I'd use 10s.
11's on my Pro Jet and my AS83, 10's on my Tele.
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One of the machines is set with them, but I can't remember which.
I see that in post #49, I said I use 11's on both my tele and my Dot. I use wound thirds on both, too. But I just setup my tele again today, this time with 10's. I played a tele with 10's the other day at Corner Music, and I thought, "Hmmm, this doesn't actually feel that bad. I might be able to keep these under control without them swimming all over the place." I've just been playing through my amp with them, and the sound is less congested than with the 11's. More defined but also less powerful. The 10's make you play a little more precisely and with a little more touch in the fretting hand. I think I like them on the tele. We'll see. But I'm sticking with 11's on my Dot, for sure.
I use 11s on my partscaster tele (plain G), Godin A6 Ultra (wound G) and on an acoustic gypsy jazz guitar.
dr pure blues 11's, here, john pearse bronze and silk 11's on my acoustic. I like having similar tension on the finger picking since light strings are harder to control the dynamics of for me playing with my fingers. Sometimes wish I could bend and shake up two whole tones like I can on thinner strings, but just had to make a compromise.
I like 11s for my b string!
I use exactly the same strings!
11-52- the perfect tele set!
11-52 on all my rosewood board teles!
I recently moved to 11's on my Tele and I as soon as I get around to it, I'll change 'em on the Strat too. 12's flatwound on the Peavey semi-holllow.
After playing my acoustic like crazy with 13's, it seemed like the only sensible thing to do.
I've been using GHS Boomers 11-50 on my Tele for a long time (probably 10+ years).
I play in a trio, and feel like it gives me a bit of a fuller sound, although that may just be psychological!
I definitely feel like I have to work the strings though, but I guess my style is to more aggressively attack, so I can really dig in. Plus, I rarely break strings any more.
I've been using mostly D'Addario EXL 11-49s on my Telecasters for about 10 years. A 24.75 scale guitar (Melody Maker) gets 12-54s, some of my Esquires get 12s, and when I use 10s it is mostly on Strats (with trems). I find it harder to set up a Strat with a tremolo with 11s and I tend to just slam or deck the trem.
I keep meaning to set up a Tele or 2 with Nashville Sets, but I seem to walk out of the store empty handed. Maybe I'll stop in Nashville next time and get a better reception for this request than I get in Memphis or New Orleans.
My bolt-on neck guitars (American Standard Telecaster, Parker Nite Fly) get D'Addario or Ernie Ball .10-.46s. My set neck guitars (Gibson SG Special, SG Standard, SG Deluxe, Rickenbacker 330. Rickenbacker 325, DeArmond S73, etc.) get either D'Addario .11-.49s or Ernie Ball .11-48s.
My semi-hollows all get .11s.
I've tried as heavy as .13s on my SGs. The tone was great but the .13s tore up my fingers and killed my hands.
I have d'Addario Chrome 11-50's on 2 guitars, but I swap out the unbending G for a plain 19 (I gotta bend, ma!) I have Chrome 13's on a guitar tuned DGDGAD most of the time and I keep the wound G on there. Chromes last a looooong time!
GHS Boomers 11-50. For the last 15 years. Nothing but feels right to me. I even tried GHS 10 1/2-48, Nope
I do but only on my AV52, the other teles get 10's
A guitar player on the gig tonight was playing an SG strung .013 - .062, standard tuning, lotsa bending and everything. He's a big guy, must have strong hands.