Anyone use 9's anymore?

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

  1. ianasdfg

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    The theory with heavier gauges is that the more mass means the tension has to be higher for the same frequencies. Higher tension means the string vibrates more linearly with a purer root and harmonic frequencies. So heavy gauges sound sweeter.
     
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    Guy Clarke wrote a song about Black Diamond Strings. I'd never heard of them until I heard that song.
     
  3. Buxton

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    Yup - me. Don't notice any tone difference with heavier gauge and it's easier to do the old Jerry Donahue style bends with 9s. Plus I play with my nails and heavier strings mess them up quicker.
     
  4. Mondoslug

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    I was always curious when did Albert Lee go from .008s to .010s? If that's the gauge he's using...for some reason I'm thinking it is? The Music Man thing?
     
  5. TNO

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    9-46 for me.
     
  6. fendrguitplayr

    fendrguitplayr Doctor of Teleocity

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    It varies with each guitar. My go-to Tele has D'Addario .0105 .0135 .018 .028 .038 048

    On one of my Strats I have 9.5 (half steps)
     
  7. musicalmartin

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    9-46 Rotosound.but I do spit on them first to make sure they know a real man is playing them .
    I gather SRV used much heavier and look what happened to him so I just play safe .
     
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    9 11 14 22 30 46
     
  9. black6host

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    I bought a couple of sets of Rotosounds, pure nickel. I need to buy a box of 10 or so and really give them a try. I liked them but I was doing so many mods that required changing strings that it was too expensive to keep changing them. I did like the set I put on my Strat. I'll probably buy a box for my Tele as I'm not doing as much modding right now. Cash is tight. But damn, I want some locking tuners. :lol: Makes those string changes much quicker..... If my Schaller locking tuners are a perfect match with the Tele I might switch them out from my Strat. To tell the truth, I'm liking my Tele better than my Strat or LP.
     
  10. Nick JD

    Nick JD Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I love watching the wound strings getting made.

     
  11. AngryHatter

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    Same brand of strings?
     
  12. garytelecastor

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    I used the Fender 150's 9 guage for a while.
    Really a well balanced set.
    But when I started to listen to playback it seemed the
    top end was thin.
    So I use my own set:
    10-13-17-24-32-42
     
  13. Bankrut

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    +1
     
  14. Big John

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    ....... imagine the embarrassment of asking to change the '16' for a '15' then !
    I buy online now, just to save my blushes !! ;)
     
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    It's not pink, it's cerise :lol:

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    Complete with "discrete" outer brown packaging, I'm sure! "They'll never know." heh heh.
     
  17. tele salivas

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    Not-Dave...I like the way they advert the "extra first string". Fumble fingers!
     
  18. notdave

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    Well I suppose there is a precedent...

     
  19. birv2

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    Yup. D'Addarios. Just went from 10's to 9's.
     
  20. ChicknPickn

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    I've yet to read any comments about what, for me, is a significant benefit from using heavier gauges: improved hand strength.

    I know we're not in this to build up big hands. I just noticed that when I switch to an acoustic now, the difference in resistance to my fingers does not feel so great. I played 11s for awhile, but eventually went down to a 10.5-48 set. When I pick up my acoustics, on which I keep medium gauge strings, it's an easier transition.
     
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