Anyone use 9's anymore?

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

  1. sultan59

    sultan59 Tele-Holic

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    when the carpal tunnel started setting in I switched over to 8.5 and that was nice, I could do those cool Gilmour bends where he bends up once, then up again, but my hand started bothering me again so I just switched completely over to pedal steel.
     
  2. birv2

    birv2 Tele-Afflicted

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    I just put a set of those EB 9-46's on and I love em. The high strings are easier to bend, but I still get enough chunk on the bass strings.

    Now that I've adjusted to the 9's (from 10's), I'm not pulling them out of tune, etc. Just a matter of getting your touch down.
     
  3. PJ55

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    I use 9.5-44s and like them for all situations on a my Teles. Except for the one modern bridge Tele I have and it seems to prefer 10s.

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    Due to diabetic neuropathy in both my left and right hands, I've started using Ernie Ball 8-38 and I love em.
     
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    spikypaddy Tele-Afflicted

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    I use 10s on most of my guitars, bar one - which is setup with 12s for slide. However, I do tend to practice on that one a lot to strengthen my hands.

    My last purchase was a MIM Strat - January of this year. It came from the factory with 9s and I just couldn't play it - I fretted too hard and was constantly over-bending.
     
  6. wilsonpickit

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    9's on everything
     
  7. ThinlineSwamp

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    I use the ernie ball power slinky with 11's (high e)- 48 (low e) on strat. I used to play 10's but the 11's made a big change in tone IMO.

    Also when i play the really lite strings (8's or 9's), they cut into my skin like a thin razor knife compared to a butter knife (my 11's). Anyone else with this problem?
     
  8. mcriff

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    9.5!!
    Don't fear (or ridicule) the decimal point!
    Before I tried a set on my Tele, I too thought it sounded like a silly gimmick, but that "half step" thing really DOES yield a distinctive feel/tone. Anyone who's drifted back and forth between 9's and 10's, as I did for years, should give them a shot. (I also love the D'Addario 10.5 set on my Gretsch hollowbody.)
     
  9. 92Standard

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    EB 9-46 myself....Best of both worlds IMO!
     
  10. SFK

    SFK Tele-Meister

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    9s or 10s Depends on the guitar. All of my Fenders currently have 9s. Most of my Gibsons have 10s.
     
  11. lucasrhcp95

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    for me it has to be 9's just for ease of playing, although i do appreciate the different tonal qualities of 10s, Ernie ball do a hybrid set that might be worth looking into for anyone who is having a dilema
     
  12. BryanFoFyan

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    i always use 9's
     
  13. ELET Henry

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    I use D'Addario EXL125-3D strings which have a .009 top and a .0.46 bottom string on my Strats and Teles. I don't know if anybody else sells sets in these guages. I tend to use Ernie ball Skinny "Tops Heavy Bottoms" on my semis'.
     
  14. muddyh2o

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    i've used ernie ball hybrid 9-46 since they came out with them. i do use 10's on a few of my guitars. not any difference to my ears.
     
  15. 3 Chord

    3 Chord Friend of Leo's

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    yup, all my electrics have 9's. Want bigger tone, look to your pickups!
     
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    I like Beefy Slinky's.
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    Who's got wimpy tone??
     
  18. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    bluesy, i deal with that condition, too. that's a tough row to hoe for us guys who love guitar playing.
     
  19. Wrong-Note Rod

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    TRUE DAT

    HE USES 8s.

    I've played 'em.
     
  20. Jack S

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    I used 10s for 30+ years, and never considered 9s, but when I got the current Tele I am playing it came with 9s and I have kept them because the guitar feels like it was made for them. It has caused me to lighten my touch and develop more finesse so that I don't go sharp too badly when I am going for a more powerful attack.
     
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