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I downsized the strings on my Tele today.

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by EsquireBoy, Mar 5, 2020.

  1. TeleToneTony

    TeleToneTony TDPRI Member

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    ditto
     
  2. RoyBGood

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    D'Addario at the moment, but will try a set of Ernie Ball (my previous set was their 9 - 42 for decades), now they've finally decided to offer this gauge!
     
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  3. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Tele-Afflicted

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    I ise 9's on 25.5" scale guitars and 10's on 24.75" for comfort and tension.
     
  4. Nick Fanis

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    I recently switched to 010-038 (the "Hendrix" gauge EVERYONE used in the 60s & 70s).

    And I tell you guys there IS a reason why EVERYONE used them.:)


    Everything else sounds harsh and UNBALANCED to me.

    I admit that I drank the cool aid of "heavier strings are better" for years.What a fool I was....
     
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    Danny Gatton used 10's and then changed out the G to a 0.15". I am getting up there in age and recently changed up even further for more tension relief with great results. Using SIT singles, I use 9.5, 12, 15, 26, 36, 46. Bends are easy and the tone is still right up there. Thin top and heavy bottom sort of thing.. but not found a set ready to buy like this
     
  6. tele_pathic

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    With 9's, how will you get the tonez? Unlikely!
     
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    I tried a set of Rev Willy's 7s on my Melody Maker. Easy to play lightly, but that's not how I play. I'm now using Ernie Ball 8s and I personally like those. I have a kit tell that I want to set up as a slide guitar and I hear I need 11s for that.
     
  8. chris m.

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    I like 10-46 D'Addario XLs on all my electrics. I had 11s on my shorter scale Gibsons but decided
    I actually like the slightly slinkier-feeling 10s on them. My Fenders feel snappier, my Gibsons feel
    slinkier, and they both feel/sound great to me.

    The only exception is I like running flatwounds on Gretsch style guitars.
     
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    why lighten your attack? just use the heavier strings.
     
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  10. teleplayr

    teleplayr Tele-Afflicted

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    Nine's on every guitar I own, Gibson, Fender or whatever.

    Here's an interesting video. It's been posted before, but worth watching.....

     
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    I used 9s for over 30 years. Now I use 8s. I have no problems with tone or string breakage.
     
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  12. Jazzerclean

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    Flatwound 14's only for me now on all my solidbody and archtops. Started on roundwound 9's in 1978 playing rock/blues and gradually increased guage as I progressed to more and more to a jazz style, but when I play blues/rock now I still prefer 14's. My sound now is thicker/ fuller, makes your hand/fingers work hard but the sound benefits (for me) out weigh any minor issues, (jazz style admittedly doesn't use bending techchniques). Ed Bickert used heavy flatwound strings on his Tele I believe and SRV used heavy strings I think I read and dropped his tuning 1/2 step.
    Funny how we change in music as we age.
     
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  13. EsquireBoy

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    I’m actually back to flatwounds 11-47 since a couple of days: the light gauge experience only lasted for a few weeks, but it sure was interesting for my playing technique.
     
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  15. EsquireBoy

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  16. navier

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    Just turn the tone control to the max
     
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    I upgraded my Telecaster. I went from 10's to 11's. I can't play 9's in tune and 11's are so much easier to deal with. I'm sticking with 10's on my Strats for now, mostly because I don't feel like massing with the springs neck relief and tuning, but as I'm playing more traditional country and jazz, it's tempting to "upgrade" them as well.
     
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    10-46 exclusively. I look for sales on 12 packs of slinkys.
     
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