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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by BamaSurf, Sep 10, 2021.

  1. Danbgreen

    Danbgreen TDPRI Member Platinum Supporter

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    Another vote for 9.5s- thankfully each tele is different tho!
     
  2. Lockback

    Lockback Tele-Meister

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    I use 10’s on all my electric guitars except my 50’s CV Tele. It came with 9’s and to me if there’s a guitar made for lighter strings, it’s the Telecaster.
    A friend who only plays acoustics and an occasional electric overbends the strings when he picks up my Tele. I don’t. I adjusted to it quickly.
     
  3. casterpicker

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    I don't know what an APT is, but I have never used any strings other than 9-42 on my Telecaster. I substitute the 16 (3rd) with a 015, otherwise it is a standard set. I'm using Elixir, which I think are really lovely strings for balance and tone. The Telecaster, to my mind, is the best instrument ever for staying in tune. For a good example, James Burton uses 09-011-011, for his first three strings and I have never heard him play out by a fraction. I suppose players compensate to some extent when playing chords. We all do it consciously or otherwise, but a Tele is just a 'so in tune' guitar. Its simple design has really stood the test of time. Albert always used an 014 for his No.3 string when he was playing a Tele so lesser mortals should have no fear of lighter strings on a Telecaster.
     
  4. Back at it

    Back at it Tele-Meister

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    Use to use 10s on everything, moved to 9.5s and am consciously trying a lighter touch to make sure I don’t go sharp
     
  5. srolfeca

    srolfeca Tele-Meister

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    I've always had a light touch, but used to use heavier strings for better tone...

    ...until I realized that it didn't work that way for me on solid-body guitars.

    I have been running 9's on my thinline tele for a while, and love it. No problems with pitch stability or dynamics.

    I was running 9's on my new Casino Coupe for a while, until I realized that I was missing some of the acoustic qualities of the hollow body. I have 10's on it now, and like what it did for the tone.

    Still, I think I might try 9.5's next time, or maybe a light top/heavy bottom set..
     
  6. Tjeppen

    Tjeppen Tele-Meister

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    I got hybrid 9's on my tele's I play country music on. Need to pull off 1 note bends with two strings simultaneous.
    On my open G tele I have 11's, just how Keef loves them.
     
  7. surfco

    surfco Tele-Afflicted

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    *yawn*
    NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEXT!
     
  8. Maguchi

    Maguchi Tele-Afflicted

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    Love them top loaders!
     
  9. Maguchi

    Maguchi Tele-Afflicted

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    Nines are Da Kine! DaKine.jpg DaKine2.gif
     
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  10. Tubeboy

    Tubeboy Tele-Meister

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    I run 9s on 25 1/2 " guitars and 10s on everything else.
     
  11. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

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    For Years 9's were considered the stock or stock. In fact, i always used 10's and my other guitar friends would joke about my having telephone cables on my Tele.
     
  12. Kweber

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    Well my Tele is "metallitele" with a bridge direct-mount HB and a Floyd, so that doesn't count, but my 7-string (string thru), the regular 6 strings are 9-44. The low B is 62.
     
  13. Lone_Poor_Boy

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    So you're 69? I'm 59 and expect I'll drop to 9's at some point. Though I am tuned to Eb/half-step down, so I expect to get more mileage out of the 10's than if I was in A440.
     
  14. Dik Ellis

    Dik Ellis Tele-Meister

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    All my axes are strung with GHS Boomers LXL .10-.38. They used to be known as light tops, heavy bottoms.
     
  15. zeke54

    zeke54 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Been using 9's forever , doubt I will ever change . Teles , Strats , Gibbys , Gretsch , Epis .
     
  16. zeke54

    zeke54 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    What do you use with a Bigsby ?
     
  17. zeke54

    zeke54 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    What ? Me worry ?
     
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  18. dlew919

    dlew919 Doctor of Teleocity

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    10s. Elixirs. Think of maybe going to 11s.
     
  19. buzzword

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    I was using 10's, just because I always have. I started to get a little osteoarthritis in my left index finger a few months ago, so I switched to 9's and haven't looked back, situation much improved.
    I don't find much if any difference other than it's easier to play. As BB King said to Billy Gibbons about his string gauge, why you workin' so hard?

    There's a Rick Beato video where he gathers some players like Rhett Schull and they play the same thing on 10's, 9's and 8's and record it to see if they can tell the difference, worth checking out.
     
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    High E as 9 or 10 isn't a big deal to me but I LOVE fat wound strings (but despise wound G) and the fatter the better. I used to make up sets from singles so I could get 0.10 - 0.56 but once Lt-Top Hvy-Btm sets came out with .010-.054 that was good enough and more convenient. On 24 3/4 scale I tune down 1/2 step and on 25 1/2 I tune down a whole step. I like both the fatter sound with lots of harmonics on the wound strings and the lighter touch with that size set tuned down. With my own band we all turn down 1/2 step but sitting in I usually just take out the 25 1/2 down a whole step and just transpose or use a capo.
     
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