Light Gauge Strings...

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by KCLefty, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. KCLefty

    KCLefty Tele-Meister

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    I'm loving them!!! Made me think about this after reading the "Telecasters strings and bending" post.

    After over 25 years of playing 010's/011's and above I'm really digging playing the 09 sets. Specifically the Fender Bullets. Which I never liked before. I put a set of 09's on my tele after my carpel tunnel surgery. Wow they play and sound nice!

    I personally can not hear or feel any negative difference. My band mates have actually said my sound is better.

    I know their is not much to this but my own opinion but after years of being in the "heavier is better string camp" I'm now going to stick with light gauge stings. Go figure I thought that light strings were wimpy.:D

    Anyone else make a switch to lighter strings?:?:
     
  2. tiktok

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    I have a couple of guitars that came with .009's when I bought them and I never got around to changing the guages. If you're used to heavier strings, it takes a little finesse to stay in tune, but the "thin" tone of .009's is a classic and desirable tone in my book.

    The flip side of the ".009's are for wimps" argument is that ".011's are for ham-fisted guys".
     
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    Easier on the fret hand, HARDER on the pick hand.

    .10s are the happy medium for me. .10 - .51 is the perfect set for me. I usually tune to D standard (sometimes drop the low D to A), Open C (CGCGCE), and E standard.

    And that set handles them all!

    :lol:
     
  4. jedi

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    Use what you are comfortable with and helps you be a better player...doe snot matter what other think. If they work for you...rock on! :p
     
  5. jjkrause84

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    I used 9s for years but after switching to 10s/11s (depending on the axe) I can't go back. I can't control my bends on 9s and I don't like how my guitar sounds.
     
  6. clayfeat

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    I have one guitar that seems to work well with 9's. It is a G&L F-100 series II with a tremolo. 10's sometimes feel heavy on that one due to the longer scale and 7.25 radius I guess.

    I put 9's on the Tele every once in awhile for fun but always seem to go back to 10's to keep the chords from getting too flabby.
     
  7. Mark Davis

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    I always say use the biggest strings you can play for 2 hours or more straight without any finger pain.

    If 10's feel too stiff and you dont wanna go all the way down to 42-9 there are 9.5 sets that work great 44-9.5.

    People say there is no way you can feel that .5 difference but to me they are easier to bend than 10's.

    There are also 10.5 and 11.5 sets
     
  8. BigDaddyLH

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    'Fess up! Who is using 8s?
     
  9. jjkrause84

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    Mark, who makes 10.5 sets? I'd love to have just that tiny bit extra bending ease on 24.75" scale gutiars/
     
  10. GuitarPlayerFL

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    Doesn't Billy Gibbons use 8s?
     
  11. BigDaddyLH

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    The first that always comes to my mind are D'Addario XL Nickels:

    http://www.juststrings.com/daddarioelectricguitarxl.html

    The go down to an 8 and and 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 in the in-between sizes.
     
  12. BigDaddyLH

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    I'm hoping to hear from mere mortals ;)
     
  13. Ramblin Ray

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    9's on my Teles, 10's on my Albert Lee, 11's on my Gretsch, 12's on my D-18.
     
  14. Mark Davis

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    Several makers do D'Addario are the ones I always use on everything.

    http://www.juststrings.com/dad-exl110plus.html
     
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    With all due respect, I think players who have hard fast rules about string guages are
    misguided. Loads of folks get great tone out of 9's. You have to use what will get the job done. Some pieces require a certain feel and if you can only get it with 9's but are
    convinced you can only get tone with 10's or above, you're stuck in a place you don't have to be in. I know it is also about grip or bite, but height adjustment can really help with that. Consider this a get out of jail free card.
     
  16. Mark Davis

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    Bill Hullett uses 9's and gets great tone.

    Reggie Young uses 9.5's and also gets great tone.
     
  17. chickenpickin

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    The Fender Bullet 9-42 have always been my favorite. I get the sound I want and they are half the price of some other strings. I say play what you like. No different than how each player likes the neck relief set a little different. Use what works.
     
  18. 3 Chord

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    If you like the feel of 9's, try 9's with a top loader bridge and vintage frets. I likey!
     
  19. Spearsmusic

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    I use good old Hybrid Slinky. 9-46. Tried a lot of others and always come back to those. Good sound, good tone, great bend-ability/pop-ability, and awesome versitilty... Only down side, after a four hour gig their dead. But I find myself changing strings a lot these days. Oh well, gives me a chance to check everything often.
     
  20. TeleTim911

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    I've used various brands of 9-46 for YEARS, and I won't change now. If people don't like my sound, don't listen. Oh wait, I'm not gigging anymore....guess that's why! LOL!!
     
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