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I Went Back To 10s On My Tele

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by unixfish, Mar 9, 2021.

  1. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I have been playing 11s on my Tele for a few years now; I wanted heavier strings to help put a bit of "bow" back in my neck. It was almost dead flat.

    I had a pack of Ernie Ball Power Slinky 11s and a pack of Ernie Ball Regular Slinky 10s. I figured why not try the 10s - put them on, if I don't like them, swap them for the 11s.

    I pulled the strings off, polished my frets and tuning buttons, and put the 10s on. I am really liking the 10s. I did need to intonate the bridge just a little bit, but my guitar feels nice, and I do't have any fret buzz like I did years ago when I was using 10s (although that is probably more changing my technique than anything else?).

    I know you were all worrying about what set of strings I would put on my Tele next. Now you know - rest easy! :lol::lol::lol:



    Note to Self - tape the fingerboard next time I use metal polish on the frets. Getting it off the poly on the fretboard was a bit of a challenge. I really should have known better, but you know, early evening, and I just wanted to get this done. :oops:
     
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  2. Manual Slim

    Manual Slim Friend of Leo's

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    Ha! Whatever works. I just went back to 11s for the same reason. Playing like a whole new machine!
     
  3. Bill Sheehan

    Bill Sheehan Tele-Holic

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    Hey Uni, the question of what set of strings to try on a particular guitar is perfectly cool, and part of the fun of the "process" involved with playing music! And we're very much okay with hearing about it! So, I say, "Experiment on!", and keep having fun with trying out different little things, as you never know when you might stumble onto something that really clicks!
     
  4. jfgesquire

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    It's a slippery slope, be careful! Next you'll be looking at 10.5s...

    Then you'll be looking at the Slinky light top - heavy bottom sets, and then balanced tension sets... then pure nickel... When will it end!?!?!?
     
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    I love the sound of my Gretsch (with p90s) but the string tension was always a little too loose when using 10s - I couldn't crank the truss rod enough to get the string tension I like before the neck started back-bowing. 11s were not right at all, so I tried 10.5s and they work perfectly - I hardly notice a difference in the string size from my Teles which all have 10s - and now all my guitars have relatively the same string tension. I am thankful that there are lots of string options these days.....
     
  6. monkeybanana

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    Oh yeah? You should try 9s!
     
  7. Manual Slim

    Manual Slim Friend of Leo's

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    Ewwwwwwwww
     
  8. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Friend of Leo's

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    I'm down to .009 and considering.008.
     
  9. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I though that when I put on the 11s. Now I though that when I went back to 10s. Funny how that works. :D
     
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  10. Matt Sarad

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    I experimented with 008s.
    Oops.
    Getting the truss rod adjusted again to put 010s
    Back on.
     
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  11. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I tried some pure nickels in the past. I did not like the tone. I then tried some stainless steel - those were too bright for even me. The rest just seems, eh, "too much". :D
     
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    jfgesquire Tele-Afflicted

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    Now a slightly more normal post about me and guitar strings...


    For me and my guitars, I think every guitar has a set of strings waiting for it. It's not about me, it's about the guitar.

    My Squier Classic Vibe 50s Blonde Telecaster gets 9-42 nickel plated steel. My Gretsch gets pure nickel 10-46. Les Paul gets 10-46 nps.

    The 60s Strat type gets 10-52 pure nickel.

    '52 Telecaster type gets 12-54 half rounds with a wound 3rd

    The Rickenbacker 12 string is a jerk....
     
  13. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    I just put a set of D'Addario Super Light Plus on my Telecaster tonight. (9.5 11.5 16 24 34 44)
     
  16. this_grackle

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    I was 11s for the longest time... switched back to 10s and I dont think I’ll be going back up any time soon. Tens really work well for me
     
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    10s on all of my guitars. 11s and my hands don’t work well together. I’m not excited to go smaller but I may have to in time
    Experiment and enjoy the ride. When you find what works for you, and a particular guitar, it’s a cool thing.
     
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    Is there a lot of truss rod phobia going around? :confused:
     
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    I am recently experimenting with strings on my tele (G&L) also. 9.5s were a pretty good ticket for a while, down from 10s. Then just a couple weeks ago I tried a set of 9s to check those out. I have a .014 G so the 9s that I am trying out are altered. My experiment finds me bending a bit out of tune. 9s are indeed slinky and my muscle memory in my left hand is being challenged. Many times I bend sharp, and bending up on the D string a full step can’t be done, so I’ve lost a few licks there. I may well go back to 9.5s again, only with a .015 G and see how that works out. Currently I am challenging myself trying to move toward hybrid picking in my playing, with additional use of more double stops for country. Right now I can’t say that my little experiment has helped me at all. It has been fun though.
     
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    I like the sound of the 0.010 string on the bottom, better than ehe 0.009, which is too thin sounding in my opinion. But the 10s come with a heavier third string which is hard to bend (especially for Country steel guitar bends with old hands). Someone here recommended the GHS 10 - 38 set to meet in the middle, so the speak. So far...they are just the ticket.
     
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