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Strings and tone surpises

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by FrostyMorn, Dec 4, 2020.

  1. FrostyMorn

    FrostyMorn TDPRI Member

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    I have this Fender American Original 60s telecaster at my house and I'm surprised by what I hear. I auditioned the guitar at the store with the same amp I have at home and it sounded very good to me. At home, I replaced the factory 10 gauge with my usual 11 gauge (made the required adjustments) and the guitar lost its charm. Back on with a set of 10s and the charm came back!

    I play fingerstyle, neck pickup with the tone knob dialed down considerably. As I said, I'm surprised by this but I guess it's a lesson in being open to new ideas and letting our ears be the judge of what works for a particular guitar.

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  2. rockymtnguitar

    rockymtnguitar Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Interesting effect. I'm contemplating string gauge changes based on the following video... from 10s to 9s.

     
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  3. FenderLover

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    Well, I think factory is actually 0.009"-0.042". Of course, back in the day they were considerably heavier, and do we hate the music from back then?

    I certainly get your point, but charm is in the ear of the beholder. If it works for you, go nuts with it.
     
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  4. FrostyMorn

    FrostyMorn TDPRI Member

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    Interesting conversation and experiment. Would like to have heard some clean tones.
     
  5. FrostyMorn

    FrostyMorn TDPRI Member

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    Fender website says: Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges), PN 0730250406
     
  6. FenderLover

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    Hmm... you're right. The Thinline is 0.009"-0.042". Wonder why the difference. Kinda the same point though, eh?
     
  7. Tyuk

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    I had the exact same experience with my MIM strat. It had 11-52’s on it and tuned it to drop c after a pick up swap. It sounded very dull and bends were more of a hand muscle workout than anything. I put 10-46’s back on, tuned it half step down and haven’t looked back.
     
  8. That Cal Webway

    That Cal Webway Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    On my acoustic I used 12's for yrs.

    Bc of a thread here on acoustic gauges people use,
    I tried 11 gauge for the first time in years.

    To me they're much more expressive, they give and return more of what I put into it.
    Vibrato's more expressive. Of course bending is easier.

    Not quite as full sounding, but no biggie it's worth it in its nuances!

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  9. blue metalflake

    blue metalflake Doctor of Teleocity

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    I switched down to 9s probably 30 years back, mainly because I noticed a different tone, which I liked, but also because of the extra control it gave me. Also forced me to be a bit more precise in my fingering which was no bad thing.
     
  10. teleplayr

    teleplayr Tele-Afflicted

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    I've used 9's for over 30 years.

    I never bought into the "heavier is better" that most players bought into during the SRV years.
     
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  11. FortyEight

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    I don't play heavier for tone. It's so I don't break strings a lot. LOL. I switched to .11s a long time ago and don't plan to go to .10's. They just feel right to me. So if I can't make the guitar sound how I want with .11's, than it's not gonna work for me. Personally I think all guitars sound better with .11s but I prefer lower tones and less twang.
     
  12. srblue5

    srblue5 Tele-Meister

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    I used to put .11-.49’s on every electric guitar I owned. Didn’t think twice about it. Once I started buying guitars from friends, I found myself liking how they sounded when I tried them out before buying them so I stopped changing the string gauge on them. If it sounds good in the condition I bought it in, I’ll leave it that way (minus getting the action adjusted to where I like it). So now I have a guitar with .11-.52 strings on it as well as another one with .10-.46. You adjust over time.
     
  13. notroHnhoJ

    notroHnhoJ Tele-Meister

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    Sometimes heavier gauge strings make a guitar less responsive and dynamic, not more so.
     
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  14. Blues Twanger

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    My Am Pro Tele sounds better with 9.5s instead of the stock 9s. I tried it with 10s and there wasn't a huge change in tone so I went back to the more comfortable 9.5 and started there.

    Each individual guitar probably has a sweet spot, some may be narrow and some wider and more forgiving of string size and tension.
     
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