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Billy Gibbons 7 gauge strings

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by DougM, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. That Cal Webway

    That Cal Webway Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I would imagine the Rev. has some chronic pain or injury issue (s)

    So with 7's and mostly 24.75" scales,

    he being careful!!
     
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    I have run Billy Gibbons 7's on a Gretsch hollow body with a bigsby and they stayed in tune just fine, with big bends, wiggle-sticking, and tuning to open G for Keef-style riffs. They were incredibly stable, and not just for their size. They sounded big and made for effortless playing. I wouldn't run them on all my guitars but I like having one guitar with them.
     
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    Stringjoy makes round core strings and you can build any custom gauge set you want. It just costs a sight more than Ernie Ball or D'Addario
     
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    shameless plug: yeah, expensive, yadda yadda, but you can order custom sets from stringjoy all day long (and since they do last . . . well . . . you make your choices)
     
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    He has super low action and an incredibly light touch with both hands. I don't know if there's a hand-health issue at play, but at this point I think he's been going progressively lighter for so many years that his playing style has just gone there, regardless of whether his hands have problems or not.
     
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    I have a set of BB's strings and they were .010 to .054.
     
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    This is what I’m thinking too. If you watch how he plays, his hands and fingers are barely moving. He just glides.
     
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    Locking tuners don't help tuning stability.
    It's not what they're for.
     
  9. That Cal Webway

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    With 7's you definitely have to have a light touch!!

    On many of his Bruce Bolan reworked Gibsons and etc, he has him put in shorter skinny frets,

    Which makes sense with the 7 gauge strings

    The hollowed out neck thing is mind-blowing
    but with the light light gate strings, yeah makes sense!!
     
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    Well for US maybe but by they time they arrive to the EU and Greece and get hit by an additional 200% tax and VAT and additional shipping cost... I don't think so...

    :(
     
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    I didn’t know he has a hollowed out neck. That’s interesting. It’s the first time I’ve ever heard of such a thing.
     
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    Yuck.
     
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    Yeah, his Bolin custom builds have chambered bodies and necks. I got to heft the purple tele he used on tour in 2012 and it was close to the weight of an acoustic.
     
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    That’s interesting. I remember about 15 years ago I got to hold a Parker Fly and it felt like I was holding literally nothing. If I had to guess I think it was like maybe a couple of pounds at most. Lightest guitar I’ve ever held.
     
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    I played with 10s for years and years and only recently tried 8s. I'm never going back to 10s. The 8s are so easy to play. It completely changed they way I play now because your touch needs to be lighter or you'll go sharp as you fret. I can understand why some people would be reluctant to try 8s after playing whatever they play now but I suggest you buy a few sets and give them a shot.

    Of course, some folks will never try anything new.

     
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    Here’s a screenshot of my guitar and the set I’m using. Also, a screenshot of the tension. It’s a great playing and feeling set and they sound super rich and full.
     

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    If my thumbjoint problem gets any heavier I will downgrade from 09 to 08.
     
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    well,:rolleyes: that maybe part of The Reverends Skill set that makes him so beloved and famous, I don't know if I am loved, the jury's still out on that one and I'm certainly not famous, so I am free use 13-56 for slide playing. But that's just me.
     
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    I like being able to order a custom gauge set at Stringjoy instead of gauges in brand gauge sets. I kept trying different gauges until I found what works for me and my guitars. On my Tele I use 12-15-20w-28-38-48 (tension bout 136lbs) and this works really good for what I play now giving me a nice full tone. Not workable gauge size if you need to bend strings very high, I don't bend much, but would need to go a bit lighter if I was doing lots of steel-like bends
     
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    Most of us have more ways to shape our signal than was the case back when string gauge might actually be genuinely important to guitar output. For some players/rigs that's still true, but for most of us it isn't, really. I certainly don't have the touch and finesse to play 7s without producing all kinds of microtonal out-of-tuneness (8s I can manage, but still have the same issue). I'm currently running 9.5s as they are, for me, sort of the most ideal compromise for what and how I play now. I haven't had tone issues with any of these strings, any gauge.
     
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