Anyone use 9's anymore?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by eno55, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. eno55

    eno55 TDPRI Member

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    Hello fellow tele lovers, I have been using 10's for years and afriend of mine left his tele over the house because he was going on vacation and it was the last thing on earth he wanted stolen(he loves his tele too!) .
    Anyways his guitar is strung with 9's and I have been playing it( with his permission) and I like it,I really can't tell any difference in sound but easier to play and bend notes,I'am thinking about going to 9 gauge strings.
    What do you fellow player think about 9's on a tele?

    Eno
     
  2. Scotland

    Scotland Poster Extraordinaire

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    I used 9's for years then used 10's for years. I have now been using 9.5's for the last 5 years and love them. They are as easy to bend as the 9's but have the extra tonal quality of the 10's.
     
  3. FredDairy

    FredDairy Friend of Leo's

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    Always 9s! I used to use 11s and 10s. Then I went to a set of 9s with a 13 for the G. Now I'm using the James Burton set 9,10,12,24,32,38. There's a BS stigma attached to bigger strings equal bigger tone. I say adjust your pickups, amps, or get a better amp! Many many many "guitar heros" used light strings and went to great lengths to do so before light sets were invented. There should be no shame in light string usage. It seems like the heavy string thing started when SRV hit big.
     
  4. octatonic

    octatonic Poster Extraordinaire

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    I use 9's on Fender scale and 10's on Gibson scale guitars.
     
  5. wmsimpson

    wmsimpson Tele-Holic

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    9's are a little too slinky...

    For me, D'Addario EXP 120+ are the best of both worlds... .0095, .0115, .016, .024, .034, .044.
     
  6. Tele-Monster

    Tele-Monster Friend of Leo's

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    Babies do :eek:

    I used to like 9.5s on my Gibbys but give me 10s on a tele!!!
     
  7. DocG

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    9s on the electric guitar I use for lots of bending, 10s on the other electrics, 12s on the acoustics. Any excuse to need more guitars!
     
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  9. Sandia Man

    Sandia Man Tele-Meister

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    9 - 42's on the Tele's and the ESP, 10 -- 46 on the strats
    Having a floating trem lets me go up a gauge on the strats, the strings feel slinkier and I use the tremolo instead of bending everything
     
  10. AngryHatter

    AngryHatter Tele-Meister

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    I have 009s on everything I own.
     
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    Amby Tele-Holic

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    Been using them for years and years - can't see me changin' now. Ernie Ball Super Slinkys.
     
  12. TeleKato

    TeleKato Friend of Leo's

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    Yup ... 9s (9-42) ... and I even have some 8s still lurking since my very first days before my fingers got all callused and gnarly and nicotine-stained. But when I re-string now, it's 9s.
     
  13. dmarg1045

    dmarg1045 Friend of Leo's

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    Nothing lighter than 10's for me.
     
  14. Randypttt

    Randypttt Friend of Leo's

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    I used to use 11's and 10's but a few years back arthritis set in and it was goodbye mediums, hello 9's.
     
  15. Flipped Mustang

    Flipped Mustang Tele-Holic

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    I use 9's on my guitars :)
     
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    Travst Tele-Holic

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    Same here. Arthritis has really messed with my playing.
     
  17. Stevie 202

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    Super Slinkys on all my guitars too.
    The good stuff.
     
  18. Tele60x

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    I just got back to using 9's on my main guitars after what seems like forever. The 9's sound more crunchy than the tightness of the 10's.
     
  19. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I recently picked up a killer guitar that belongs to a killer player (I won't say who it is because I don't want Mickey Dean to get a swollen head), and I'm pretty sure it had 9's.
    If I had such a light Tele and wanted to go for some revved-up chicken-pickin' twangeratious tones, I'd go with 9's.
     
  20. Tele60x

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    I also use Ernie Ball. Amazing company with excellent PR.
     
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