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009s on a Tele...

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by aadvark, Jan 15, 2021.

  1. Chadfish

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    Lighter gauge strings definitely work better in a mix. 10 years ago I went to 10s on all my guitars thinking the phatter sound would be cool, but after watching this video I went back to 9s on everything. Sounds better, and I play better with less effort.
     
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  2. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

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    I'm down from 10 - 52 to 9.5 - 44 and am happy today. Tomorrow? Who knows? I used to think I was the only one that overanalyzes all this stuff, tone, string gauge, alnico vs. ceramic, slide on ring or pinky, ad infinitum. Then I started hanging around here with all you fellow obsessives. ;)
     
  3. COOPSTER

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    I recently discovered GHS Boomers 9-42s and couldn't be more pleased. Round core instead of hex, made in Battle Creek Michigan since 1964. Went from 10-46 to 9-42s on my strats so much better imho.
     
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    11s on Jags
    10s on Jets
    09s on longer scales.

    I'm not in the mood to fight with guitars.
     
  5. notroHnhoJ

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    I’ve got this set on my Bigsby equipped Gretsch, I like it quite a bit. Seems the right amount of tension to kind of drive a hollow body and still be able to rock.
     
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    For me I have found the best of both worlds for 25.5 inch scale is 10’s on the bottom and 8’s on the top.
     
  7. Urshurak776

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    I love Rhett Shulls channel. His conclusion...9's. This video is worth the watch. He compares each gauge. Same guitar, amp, settings, etc. Only thing that changed was the strings. Tone didn't change really. It was more about feel and ease of playing to him. The guy can play incredibly also. Warning, if you don't have a TIMMY pedal, prepare to want one after this.......

     
  8. Fenderdad1950

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    o_O No no no no no
     
  9. Jay Jernigan

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    Way back, in the day, I used .008-.052. Custom all the way.
    Now it's 10s on Fenders, 11s on Gibsons. I still like a slightly heavier bass string, but I have adapted.
     
  10. Gary135r

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    Kind of like using a mechanical keyboard with cherry browns. You have to learn that light touch.
     
  11. pippoman

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    As you’re getting older you’re getting smarter and realize lighter strings are easier to play regardless of age - and you don’t lose tone. I used to use 11s on my Gibsons, but a friend talked me into trying 10s and they felt great. With the shorter scale 9s felt too slinky on the Gibsons, but either 9.5s or 9s work well on my Fenders. If I tune down a half step on my Strat, 10s or 11s are both good. I go as light as my picking technique will allow. Screw all that macho crap and work bending heavy strings! Just saying.
    I once picked my Strat up from a music store after having it set up with 10s. The cocky, skinny tech working there who did the setup boasted he used 12s on his. I noodled around a minute or so on my guitar, handed it back to him and said “would you mind putting 9s back on this?” You could’ve heard a pin drop. I had asked for 9s in the first place.
     
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  12. pippoman

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    Wow! Everyone needs to watch this if they’re serious about string gauge selection, and if they’re open minded. Thanks for posting.
     
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  13. Dik Ellis

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    I use 10-38's on all my electrics, save one, 9-42 on my Parker Fly Classic. They were Fender 150's that were used by Jimi and Duane. Then Fender quit making them, why I'll never know. I especially loved the Super Bullets in this gauge. Thank the stars for GHS, who makes a light-extra light 10-38 strings. Yeah, I know Fender makes the "Hendrix" strings, big deal. Geez, who isn't cashing in on Jimi? But the GHS strings are A-OK, in my book. I buy individual strings for when I break one, and so I don't bust up a set.
     
  14. SapoAmpRepair

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    I'm a big fan. I use super slinkys (.009's) on all my guitars ... which are mostly telecasters.
     
  15. Viking_Hillbilly

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    When I use anything 9-42 or less, my fretted notes nearer the nut go sharp, particularly if the frets are taller. When I use 10-46 I have no such issues. I used to use 11-52 sets on my teles until I started getting cramps in my left arm when playing. I dropped down to 10-46 and the cramping cleared up. The 11-52s are now used only on guitars I set up for slide.

    My Nocaster relic has lower “vintage” frets and I recently dropped down to a 9.5-44 and have no issues with notes going sharp. I tried 9.5-44 on other guitars with higher frets and the issue with sharp notes returned. I guess I need to develop a lighter touch.

    So go with what is comfortable for you and your playing style.
     
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    A long time ago I used EB Slinky 010's exclusively, for many years.
    About 10 years ago I switched to EB Super Slinky .009's and never tried any other gauges (except for my Micawber 5 string tribute guitar).

    I just got in some of these .010 - .038's and my initial impression is just WOW!
    Whaaaat! Holy Carp! these string are da BOMB! :cool:

    I bought the S.I.T. set cuz they are the cheapest that Strings by Mail have in this gauge, and if I didn't like them I'm not out too much.

    Well I'm gonna have to check out some of the other brands, cuz if you couldn't tell yet, I really like this gauge. :D

    I never would have thought the gauge would really matter that much.
    I definitely hear a difference AND I like how they feel.
     
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  17. Nick Fanis

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    Best improvement ever in my sound in the forty years I play guitar.
    It is impossible now to use a different string set ,they all sound unbalanced.
     
  18. T Prior

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    Or have your frets dressed to a slightly lower height ! It pays to know what your guitar fret heights are. That way you already know 9's or 9.5's may not work. Its not the guitar, its not the tuners, its not the strings, it IS the fret heights and that can be adjusted to your liking.

    We read constantly that "my guitar doesn't like those strings". Well, there is a "technical specification" reason for that. Guitars are made of wood, they don't have a brain or an opinion !

    Each of my guitars have fret heights in the .042/.043 range, the newest guitar, the Brent Mason Tele, has frets in the . 047 range, 9's are not a good fit but 9.5's just make it. It came with 10's. If the frets were any taller , for me, it would be an issue.

    we should know our instruments.:)
     
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    anything other than 9n's is just labour and i hate work
     
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  20. gkterry

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    I would suggest D'Addario's 9.5 gage. They seem to be the sweet spot for me. Light and easy to bend yet not so easy to push out of tune when playing them.
     
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