string guage question

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  1. El Cavano

    El Cavano Tele-Meister

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    Anyone using Pearse electric strings?
     
  2. prebend

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    I play a load of country with whole step index finger bends, behind the nut bends, etc. So 10's can be a bit tough if I play a lot. So I use 10's on the low strings and 16, 12, and 9.5 on the high strings. The reason I don't go down to 9's on the high strings is that they don't provide enough resistance when flat picking.
     
  3. flyswatter

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    I'm usually 10-46 on my Tele but I've gone down to 9s and up to 11s without needing to tweak much. A little height adjustment on the saddles and that's it.

    9s sound thinner to me at low volume, but by the time I'm cranked through my Super Reverb at gig volume there's not much noticeable difference from 10s.

    I'm back on 10s just because it's the happy medium for tone and playability for me.
     
  4. studio

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    String bends are more natural
    feeling to me with 9's.

    I play almost exclusively flatwound strings
    so 9's in flats don't normally come with
    a wound 3rd string.

    Sometimes in a pinch I have to make up a set
    cuz the stores (you know which ones) refuse
    to carry the ones I ask for ALL THE TIME!

    Sheesh!
     
  5. qblue

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    I always thought the 10's were light strings. Nowadays they tend to be called regular gauge. I guess my age is showing.

    But I still use a 10-46 gauge set, and I fool around with pure nickels on the Tele and Ultra. And I like the Fender brand for the pure nickel strings. Otherwise, its just nickel plated steel strings for everything else.
     
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    D'addorio 9.5's are perfect IMO
     
  7. flyswatter

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    10s are officially "light" on the packaging, but in practice most people would consider them "average" gauge. I believe it goes back to the time when string guaging was based on acoustic guitars and the 3rd was normally a wound string, so 12s were the norm even on electric guitars.
     
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    He actually plays SEVENS :eek:
     
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    I've used 9s for years on Strat and Tele and luv 'em. Recently I decided to change to 10s on the tele - slight tweak to the truss rod. After having them on for about two weeks to evaluate the change, I decided to go back to the 9s.
     
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    Interesting. I've ended up using my electric that has 9s (everything else have heavier strings), the most when using a borrowed Empress Compressor.
     
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    Yes, but I went the opposite way. From 10s to 12s and 13s with wound G strings. Strat and tele both have 12-54 and my Barracuda strat copy has 13-56. We're all different in what we like, but for me lighter strings just feel like I'm playing rubber bands. And I just prefer a wound G over plain.
     
  12. haggardfan1

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    I recently changed from a 10-46 set with wound third, to D'Addario 9.5's and I love them. No fatigue, easier bends, and for some reason they seem to be lasting longer. I too enjoy the tone better than the 10's. I'd like to try pure nickel 9's but I'm afraid they would be a little too flimsy...
     
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    Thank you


    My only telecaster has 7's as well.
     
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    You know if you add all the strings in a set together there is not a whole lot of difference in the totals between 9s and 10s. It just seems/ feels so different. I think its what we become used to.
     
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    I swapped to 10s from 9s for a change. Pain right away. Yeh I can bend, but at what price? Its like filling your wheel barrel with clay and then hauling your regular load. How on earth anyone plays 10s on a Tele is beyond me. I guess they don't bend much, just the odd bend. But try some serious speed picking, bluegrass style and add a lot of bends and I don't see it.

    The 9s are going back on tomorrow. Too bad, I liked the fullness of the 10's sound. But I cannot risk my fingers and wrists. Dang@!
     
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    9s for all electrics
    Still have not decided on bass 42 or 46 side
    I think diff on a few of them..
     
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    I've been playing 11s for years. I flirted with 12s for a while but I couldn't really cut it on them. One of my guitar teachers used 13s! And she had more chops in her little finger than I'll ever have :p
     
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    My 2011 Am Deluxe was shipped from Fender with 9s.

    9s are cool, to me 10s sound muffled.
     
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    Plus Steve's music sells D'Addario 10-46's for $39.99 for a pack of 10. ;)
     
  20. tele salivas

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    I switched to.09 and I don't find that they sound thin. Maybe they would if I played side by side with .11s, but then all I would have to do is make an adjustment with a few knobs on the amp. String gauge .11 can just as easily be part of a thin guitar sound. Thin or thick is really more part of an amp eq and picking position equation than a string gauge dilemma.
     
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