Les Paul Owners. What Gauge Strings Do You Use?

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  1. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I've used DAD .010's forever, but I'm thinking about going down a bit, either to .0095's or a hybrid set with .009's on top.

    What do you use and why?
     
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    .12s, but I sort of wrench on them quite a bit.
     
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    Old-school I guess - 11 on Gibson and 10.5 on Fender, 10 on Gretsch.

    I find intonation somewhat better with heavier strings plus it gives me a thicker sound for what I play - Blues, pop, soft-rock, classic-rock, some jazz standards.

    Too easy for me to pull strings out of tune if too light gauge - particularly when working with drums, bass, singer at gig volume when I haven't done any live work for a while.
     
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    10's DR Blues on mine. I'm sure mostly just because they're what I am used to. On my newest one a 2004 Standard it arrived with 9's on it, but I just couldn't get on with it with the 9's. The sound sounded hollow, and not in a cool hollow body kind of way, but in a lacking guts from an LP kind of way. Again though, probably just what I am used to.

    I am considering top wrapping one of them to be able to tighten the tailpiece all the way down (maybe the LP version of tele brass saddles mojo?). If I do, I'm going to experiment with 11's just to see how how the heavier gauge will balance with the slinkier setup.

    Good luck on your quest.

    Adam
     
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    D'Addario EXL115 11-49s on all my Gibsons (LP & SG).
     
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    D'Addario EXL110W

    10-46 with a wound G
     
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    10s on my LP. 9s on Fender.
     
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    I used .010"s on one with '57 Classic HB and 011"s on one with
    P90s. Both are Les Paul Standards, a '58RI and '56RI. The gauges work well
    for what is wanted sound and playing wise on each.

    I haven't used .009"s since the late '60s and were good but seemed to lose
    some of the lower end sound wise and not stay in tune quite as well with
    string bending.
     
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    Ernie Ball Slinky 10's on LP, and Super Slinky 9's on Fender.
     
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    funny you should ask! i just got my first lp today. i put .10s on it, but forgot about the 24.75" scale length. :) i'll probably move to .11s on the next batch of strings.

    i always hear about people play .08s, or .09s on gibson electrics. i just couldn't do it, unless i tuned a half step sharp. :)
     
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    10-46 Gibson Vintage for me.
     
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    9-46 Gibson Les Paul Sig or EB Rock n Roll Pure Nickel
     
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    Power Slinky 11's with top-wrap works good for me. Took a little getting used to bending, but I had the same problem when I switched to 10's. 11 just seems to sound better on an LP scale.
     
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    10's for std playing; 11's for slide. Ernie Ball.
     
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    For me, it depends... neck, type of bridge (T.O.M. or Wraptail), frets and action height all determine how I set up a Les Paul, or any other guitar for that matter.

    Here's what I currently use on my L.P.s:

    R8: 10-46
    Jr: 11-49
    Studio: 9-46
    Special: 10-46

    All are D'Addario XL.
     
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    10-46 on Fenders and Hamers, 11-48 or 11-50 on Gibson and Gretsch.
     
  17. Paul in Colorado

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    I see a lot of you are a gauge heavier on your guitars and others are doing the same as me. I think I'll try the hybrid .009 set and if it's too light go to the .0095's. I've been playing a Strat a lot with a hybrid set and love it on the longer scale.

    I'm totally happy with .010's on my Epi Riviera and .011's on the Gretsch. I'm on the fence with the LP.

    Also I'm going through chemo right now. It drys out my skin so my finger tips are cracking a lot. Lighter strings help.
     
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    Remember Black Diamonds? Wound G no other strings available here.
     
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    DR 10s (black package)
     
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    DR 10s at the moment. I had flatwounds on at one point, and I might try them again for more thumpage.

    D.H.
     
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