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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by E5RSY, Mar 28, 2020.
Also, is there a particular scale length you prefer them on?
Never tried it, 9 is fine for me. That reminds me when I was in a car with a guitar player who played at parties. He explained long-winded how to pick strings. He advised to buy several sets of several brands and different gages of the brands.
Then he said you should experiment with all the combinations possible. Well, I am sensitive for detail and subtle differences but that is too much to me.
Anyway, when you think 9 is too thin and 10 is too thick it is worth to try.
I use these on all of my electrics. 2 strats, 2 teles, Gibson LP Traditional, & PRS McCarty 594. Great strings!!
I've tried the Mangan's They're good. I just can't do 9's. Not enough ....., wish I could.
I just put the first set of 9s on a guitar in a LONG time. It's a parts caster that I just finished putting together. I adjusted the truss rod and filed the nut for the first time and man, this thing plays well. I got the action a bit lower than I'm used to, but it's just slick with the 9s. I have 10s on all my other electrics. But the 9's have my attention!
I think certain guitars suit certain string gauges.
10’s on my Tele. D’addario 10.5 - 48 on my Leas Paul.
Currently experimenting with diff brands for the 10’s.
So far I’ve tried
D’addario - my fave so far
Dean Markley and Picato still to go.
I have either 9.5 or 10s on all my Strats, 9s on the Teles, and 10s on the shorter scale Gibsons and Epiphones. And there is one Jaguar with 10.5s just to tame the bridge down a bit.
If a guitar is set up for 10s, you think 9.5 will require another setup? I'm intrigued by lighter gauge, but get my set up's done by a top notch guy. Love the way they play after.
I've used 9.5s on my 25" scale PRS guitars , I like them, may try a set on my Strat though I've pretty much always used 09s on Strats and Teles.
I didn't have to change anything as far as set up on the PRS.
I've been using 9.5's for several years now on all three of my Tele's. D'Addario EXL120+.
I've tried them. 25.5 scale of course, no way on a 24.75 guitar.
They seemed a little stiffer than a set of 9s but not stiff enough. I think 10s are as low as I can go.
What I would like to see is more sets of 11.5s and 10.5s.
I tried just about every brand and gauge back when I was still gigging regularly (mid-late 90s), and back then settled on D'Addario 9-46s as my overall favorites. At some point about ten years ago I moved to 10-46s on just about everything except a couple of guitars that I had back in the bar band days. Ironically, just a couple of weeks ago I began the process of converting everything over to my old favorite 9-46s.
I often check string gauges with a micrometer, and I have found that string gauges on plain strings can vary by more than that advertised difference. The worst offenders I have found have been Fender, especially Bullets. Yet people continue to "feel the difference."
The power of suggestion, perhaps?
I use D'Addario 9.5 (XL120+) on all my guitars, regardless of scale length. Been doing it for years.
New one on me, but then I always use 10 46.
It's definitely a possibility that placebo plays into it for some people, but every person is different. I can definitely feel the difference in tension in the top strings between 9s and 10s, especially on longer scale hardtails. Guitars with trem bridges will have some give to them as the bridge will pull up a bit when bending strings so the effect is slightly diminished.
Once i switched to D'Addario 9.5s on my MIM tele back in about 2014, I have never considered changing since. I have to thank the people here on TDPRI for the nudge to try them.
I have tens on my Tele, because you're supposed to have tens on a Tele. Why? I dunno, 'cause to tell you the truth, I like the way 9's sound better! I've tried the 9 & 1/2 strings, but I dunno, they don't sound like 9s OR 10s. Duh, well anyway. I've also tried half nines and half tens, they sound like nines part of the time, and tens some of the time. I'V GOT TO GET OUT OF HERE, I'M GOING CRAZY!