Anyone like the feel of a 9.5–44 set of strings?

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  1. Tall-Fir

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    I’ve settled on 9.5 sets of strings for my Tele playing. Those are 9.5, 11.5, 16, 24, 34 and 44 gauges. As a bit of a country player, there are several types of bends that I use frequently and my hands are not strong enough to play for longer periods of time with sets of 10s. I like both D’Addario and GHS, but am using D’Addarios now. I would also like to know what players think of 9.0s for bending and playing country styles with hybrid picking. I haven’t tried 9.0s yet.
     
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    Count me in, I've been using that set for years now. D'Addario EXL120+. They are just right, for me anyway.
     
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    Yep
     
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    Yep
     
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    Back then used 10/11 sets. But nowadays (when started playing again) going lighter and lighter.

    Currently using 9-42, but the next ones will be 9.5-44 though. Hoping it'll be a sweet spot for me.
     
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    ive only bought them once or twice but i do like em. also like a bottom heavy top light set
     
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    Heavier strings and a higher action provide better tone ... IMHO ...



    more work, but worth it ...

    And callouses...
     
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    It's my favorite gauge set.
     
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    I’ve been using 9.5-46’s for a couple years now on my strats & teles and they are perfect for me.

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    I love em but stopped using them switched to Elixrs 9-46. They last ages. The D'Addario wound DA and E strings seemed to dull too quickly. I hate changing strings and I've got a lot of guitars. I wish Elixr did 9.5 to 44....
     
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    Another happy camper here. Been using them since they came out. They feel just right to me on Fender and Gibson scales.
     
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    Simlarly to RoyBGood, above, I use Elixir 9-46 exclusively on all my guitars, regardless of their scale. I also use Dunlop 500 1.5mm picks. Nice combination for my poor country pretend-steel bend renditions.
     
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    My favorites lately.

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    Interesting question. I have played 10-46 or higher for at least 20 years now. Recently acquired Player series Tele came with a 9-42 set that I am not minding at all.... The box and a half of 10's will need to get used though...
     
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    ... and repitive use injury!


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    I use ‘em
     
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    I've been using them for a couple of years now, on all my electrics except one I have setup for slide. I like the d'Addario exl 120+ set. The slightly lighter .0115 second string really makes s difference in ease of bending the FIRST string, especially down low on the neck. I love them. I recently tried .009s but the feel was just too slinky for me.
     
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    I've been using 9-42 on my Fender scales, 9.5-44 on my Gibsons. Gives me a consistent feel when moving back and forth between the two. Less than a pound per set of overall tension difference between long-with-9s and short-with-9.5s, the individual strings vary by no more than 6/10ths of a pound.

    Thinking of shifting up a half, 9.5s on Fender and 10s on Gibson, but the theory holds.

    NYXLs for me.
     
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    I need to try these...I've got one guitar I run 9.5-044 D'Addarios on, but I'd like them to be a little heavier on the low side...How do these hold up for you?
     
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    recon it all depends on hand strength, tone wanted, medium or heavy bender, preferred style of playing. I prefer 11's for my style of playing, some steel bends can be challenging with 11's for me but I don't go that route very often and prefer flat notes and half-step bends mostly, so I'm sure plenty like that gauge for their style of playing and some want even lighter or heavier gauges...no right or wrongs
     
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