D'Addario 9.5 gauge strings?

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  1. Cheap guitar guy

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    Just curious if anybody has tried these. In particular on a 24.75 scale.
     
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    I have, I still need the .010 set myself, but they were maybe a bit better than the .009's. Which is obvious I guess! I may try again though.
     
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    Used them on my Hamer Sunburst and Yamaha SG45 (both 24.75 scale) since they came out. They sound great for ages, feel good, stay in tune well and are break-resistant even to my extreme bending.
     
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    I use them with my Tele, they're cool. Feels like 10's tuned to D# at 25'5
     
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    Yep. Use them on my 24.75 scales and use 9s on my 25.5s. They end up feeling about the same, which was exactly the point.
     
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    I prefer the sound of 10's on the shorter scale guitars, but I use 9's, 9.5's, and 10's on all my Fenders (Tele, Strat). I might note that D'addario also makes a 10.5 gauge set that is great on Jaguars and Jazzmasters if there are any of those in your future.
     
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    One thing I know is that the guitar world is full of gimmicks and tall tales. 9.5 string gauge? Sure, because the difference between 9 and 10's is life changing. Come on now, plenty of great musicians have created milestones with 9s or 10s.

    It's up to you, I won't say anything else, but I've learned to stay away from these gimmicks designed to get your money while you get very little, if anything, in return.
     
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    I used them on my Classic 50s Lacquer Tele, because of the sticky board, 7.25” radius and stiff feel. It really made a difference while I learned the ways of fighting with skinny frets. Sure, 9s could of worked but then I’d think “oh ghee, I play wimpy strings now” all day. :lol:
     
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    I'm waiting for the 9.75's to come out. The 9.5 might feel a little too sloppy.:)
     
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    The 9.5's don't cost anymore than 9's or 10's
     
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    9.5s give me exactly the feel I want out of my tele. Personal preference to be sure. I have never tried them on any of my 24.75 scale guitars, but I'm already happy with those and I run 10s on my strat. No gimmick and no extra expense, just great feel that deserves a great thank you to the ones here on TDPRI that told me about them and special thanks to D'Addario for making them. A surprising and amazing fit between 9s and 10s that people should try before poor poohing them.
     
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    to each his own, I prefer a custom gauge set on my electrics 11-13-17-26-36-46 but then I much prefer half step bends if I bend
     
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    I put 9.5s on all of my Fender scale guitars and 10’s on my Gibson’s. I break 9’s to easily. I have 10.5 on my ES 295 and 11’s on my arch tops. Why anyone would think it’s a gimmick is beyond me, and like AJ said they don’t cost any more. String are cheap and a great way to experiment with making your guitars as personal as you can. I have 8’s on a cheap Epi Les Paul special just for a goof! Life is short...Have fun and experiment.
     
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    Been using D’Addario 9.5s on my 24.75” scale Traveler guitar (great little guitar, no longer made) and my 25.5” scale Reverend Double Agent OG (see pics of both guitars). I love the 9.5s on these guitars because they’re a tad too difficult to play with 10s. My AVRI, on the other hand, is almost too easy with 10s. Anyway the 9.5s seem as durable as the 10s, stay in tune like 10s, and sound great like 10s. They provide just enough extra slinkiness to make these guitars a real pleasure to play. I highly recommend them.
     

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    I've used them on my Tele's and Strat's for close to thirty years. They feel right to my hands. I may even put a set on my Les Paul the next time I change strings.

    Full disclosure. I do have one Strat that gets an EXL-125 set and an Esquire that get's Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinkies.

    So there.
     
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    I have a set on my PRS Mira and I'm undecided about them. I know 9s are not for me, but I do like that extra little slinky factor.
     
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    I also use them on my Strat and Tele, and amazingly, the feel and bendability is almost identical to my two 24.75" scale guitars.
     
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    I use Reverend Willie G.'s 9.5's on my LP, and they work a treat. Everything else gets 10's. I do find myself having to warm up to "calibrate" and prevent over-bending, if I've been playing acoustic or the Tele for a while.
     
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    I use 9.5s on my PRS S2. They just feel right, no gimmick IMO, and they don’t really cost any more than other gauge sets.
    I don’t have 24.75” scale guitar, the PRS is 25”
     
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