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  1. jvin248

    jvin248 Doctor of Teleocity

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    BB King to Billy Gibbons playing thick strings "Why are you working so hard?"



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  2. Kevin Wolfe

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    That’s the set I used for years. That guitar was originally set up for regular tens so the heavier bottom 9’s let me stay with the same setup and not tweak the truss rod or saddles. I’ve since moved to the 9.5/44 Primo Slinky set and love ‘um. They “seem” easier to bend over the whole set and not just the higher strings.

    I like 10/46’s on my Paul’s as well.
     
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    10s for Gibsons and Fenders alike. I've tried everything from 08s to 12s but GHS Boomers 10-46s just work the best for me.
     
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    I've been using Gibson's 9-46 sets for decades. Don't know if it's "best" but makes me happy.
     
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    I’ll have to give them a try when I can play again lol.
     
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  6. Wrighty

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    I’ve had 9’s on several Teles over the years and, yes, I was always bending chords out of tune. I’m a quite heavy player but I figured it a better way of staying tune would be 10’s rather than learning a different technique. Soon got used to them and found the added bonus is that I’m far less inclined to bend beyond the note I want.
     
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    Yes, do
     
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  8. Obsessed

    Obsessed Telefied Silver Supporter

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    9.5s on my tele fairly early on and never looked back. Thank you TDPRI members for pointing me the right way.
     
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  9. P Thought

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    :lol: Same for me, only with .11s. I tried 9s once.
     
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    I held a garage sale to lighten the load on the U-haul before my move here in 1977. One of the only things that sold was my stack of MAD Magazines, subscribed from probably 1962, when I took the guy's $3.00 offer. As he walked off--and forever after--I thought to myself, "What'd you do that for?"
     
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  11. LPTyler

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    I use 9s on all my fender scale electric guitars. I like the feel much better than 10s.
    I was tuning down a step for a while so I put 10s on one guitar it felt way too floppy with 9s when tuned down.
     
  12. Telecaster88

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    I've used 9s on my avatar/main Tele for thirty years. I strum a lot, and it feels exactly right to me. I have 10s on my Thinline and one of my Strats. I like what that does for the tone, but my hand gets fatigued when holding chords with 10s. I don't play live, so I can get away with using my 9s strung guitar for recording rhythm, and my 10s for leads.
     
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    I went to order some strings today, and I'm going to tempt fate... instead of ordering 9s for my fenders and 10s for my gibsons, I'm ordering a big pack of hybrid slinkys.
     
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    You must be self-referring
     
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    I use D’Addario Balanced Tension 009-040 with an 011 on the B on both my Teles, one a body-through, the other a top-loader. On my Gibsons – Firebird Non-Reverse and SG LP Custom – I use 009-042 D’Addario Balanced Tension with a 015 on the G. Sometimes I make up my own sets using Rotosounds. I don’t have any involuntary note-bending problems but if that does happen a brush-up of chord-playing technique will solve it
     
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    Tried 9s on my Tele for a couple of months. No thanks. 11s for me.
     
  17. Greg70

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    Don't they come from Fender with 9'? I'm almost positive that my MIM standard Tele did.
     
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    Balanced Tension 9-40 are my current favorites.
     
  19. Bob J

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    When I first started playing last year, I was borrowing a LP-type guitar, and I thought 9s would be easier to play, so I got a 3-pack of super slinky’s. I hated them and couldn’t get them off fast enough. This year I built my first t-style from a kit (string-through) and it came with 9s. To my surprise I love 9s on a t-style and also put them on my first complete build for my son. He prefers heavier strings but likes the 9s on a tele too. I guess different types of guitars call for different strings (for some of us).
     
  20. gryffsmyth

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    I prefer the feel of 9s on any guitar, but they always break on me when doing big bends. That's not a problem for everyone obviously. 9.5s are the sweet spot for me cause they cure the breakage and are more comfortable than 10s, especially on 25.5 scale length.
     
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