Same gauge strings on all your teles?

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  1. Qstick

    Qstick TDPRI Member

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    I keep all 3 teles with the same string gauge (9’s). I have arthritis in my shoulders which has led to other issues and I’ve been thinking of getting a short scale guitar to play once in a while when my hands get tired or on a day when I’m able to really practice a lot. I can’t seem to find the right short scale guitar that retains the feel of what I like and am used to. This has led me down the path of thinking about dropping one guitar to 8’s.

    I know I could go with a conversion neck but between the wait to get it built, getting it finished, having it leveled locally, etc,,,I might as well go custom. I haven’t found any production short scale teles besides Anderson, and that’s a bit past my budget.

    For those of you with multiples, are they all set up the same?
     
  2. sjtalon

    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity

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    Yes, all (3) 10-46
     
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    Yep. All of my electric have the same gauges. All acoustics have the same. I switch guitars often and different gauges throw me off
     
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    Mix of 9s and 10s. The tens just don't get bent as often or as much.

    Look up the youtube videos of BB King and Billy Gibbons when they swapped guitars one night and King asked, "Why are you working so hard?" and after that Gibbons moved all his Fenders to 7s and LPs to 8s from the 11-12-13s he had been running with to get 'toanz'. Then he could play lighter and get a lot more bends so his playing improved.

    If you want short scales .. get a Squier Mustang HH (and think about stuffing a Tele bridge pickup in there, may need a little chipping and a custom cover or screw direct to wood) for $150 new or a Squier Mini Strat (unless they do a Tele but I've not seen one yet) for less than that I think.

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  5. Dr Improbable

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    9 - 46 on maple necks, 10 - 46 on rosewood or maples that have bigger frets. Try 8's on one of the Teles and see how it feels. Guitar playing is not a sport, you don't need to lift what the other guys do.
     
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  6. G.Rotten

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    I used to have 10-46 on all of my guitars. After an injury earlier this year all Fenders now have hybrid 9-46 & Gibson's still have 10-46.

    I also bought a couple Squier Jagmasters which I'm really enjoying.
     
  7. tery

    tery Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I do & I use the same strings on my Strat too … it makes life easier .
     
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  8. Nick Fanis

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    Yes 010-038 in all my teles.
    Why rob even one tele of its ultimate twangness? :)
     
  9. mimmo

    mimmo Friend of Leo's

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    Definitely yes.
    11-49 and I'm a happy player.
     
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  10. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    10-46 is my standard gauge, but I flirt with 11s from time to time, either for a slide setup, or because a higher action / heavier strings setup appeals to me sometimes as it lets me play the guitar differently. Matter of fact I just put 11s on my epiphone and raised the action a bit to see how that felt (love it so far) and I also put 11s on a tele I'm using tuned down a full step.
     
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    Yes, All (4) 10-46
     
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    Depends on fret size and radius on Fenders...all my 24.75” scale gtrs have 10-52, most 25.25” necks 9-46, 25” necks varies...

    These gauges vary occasionally, depending on specific application.

    Use whatever feels right, sounds best for you.
     
  13. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    Mostly 10s. Though my jazz tele has 11s on it. I had another jazz tele with 12s, but I think it is going to become my new #1, so, back to 10s.
     
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    Never, one of the reasons why I have so many guitars.

    Occasionally there may be a set of light 10 - 46's on more than one. Not often.
     
  15. oceanblue

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    Maybe order a tele short scale conversion neck from Warmoth? 24 3/4" scale, and they fit any Fender tele body I believe.
     
  16. DanDII

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    9s, and 9.5 on 25.5" scale and 10s on 24.75" scale.

    If I'm tuning up to E 9s on Fenders and 9.5s on LPs.

    If I'm tuning down to D then 9.5s or 10s on Fenders and 11s on LPs.

    Kind of depends what your goal is.

    Roy used banjo/guitar string hybrid sets to get a lighter guage string set before lighter strings were available.
     
  17. mad dog

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    Yes. .11 - .52
     
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    Yes
     
  19. NewKid

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    11-48 on my two Teles
    12-50 on my Jazzmaster
     
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    Different gauge. Some just ask for 11s, but usually I play 10s, and sometimes even a 9.
    All telecasters.
     
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