Strings on your Esquire?

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  1. guitarist232345

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    Hello Esquire players,

    what strings do you put on your Esquire when you play it? Personally, I use slinkies to get some nice bends. They also give me nice peaky, trebly highs. However, I have recently been feeling like experimenting with some 11s.

    What do you guys do?
     
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    I use 10s on everything except my jazzbo reverse Esquire, which has 12s.
     
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    9.5 thru 46
     
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    I'm using Slinky's right now for easy bends. I could see going to 10's maybe, too.
     
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    D'Addario 9.5-44 and 11-50 Jazz Light flat wounds for rockabilly, blues.
     
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    I tend to really thrash and dig into my Esquire. It's so much fun to explore what that simple thing can offer. Plus, since I played just acoustics for so long, I tend to like thick strings that fight back. So 11's on the Esquire for me.

    Now that I think about it, the only kind of electric that I like 9's on would be a Strat, as they're delicate, chimey, bell-ringing things to me. I have very slinky 10's on mine, and that works well. On everything else, I like the fight. Through my calluses, I can barely feel the b and e of 10's, as it is.
     
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    I don’t have a Esquire, but I like GHS 9’s on my telecaster.
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    I put D’Addario or Ernie Ball 10’s on all my electrics including my Esquire.
     
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    11–54 or 11–56 with a thin wound G on my main guitar, a CS '50s style Esquire (in my avatar). Flat poled pickup.

    11–52 with plain G on its backup guitar, a home assembly of made-to-order parts. Flat poled pickup.

    D'Addario Chromes 12–52s on my bender/slide Esquire. Adjustable poled pickup.

    My Teles and ASATs tend to have lighter strings, and I keep a plain G on all of them. Mainly because most of them came after the Esquires, and I just didn't want more of the same. But also because the lighter strings with plain Gs make the neck pickups sound slightly better IMO.

    Four of them have 10s and two of them have 9s (one of which has 10s on the bottom – E.B. Hybrid Slinky). The two G&Ls have adjustable poled MFD pickups. The Aerodyne (the one with Hybrid Slinkys) has a flat poled pickup. The three Fender Teles have staggered poled pickups.

    Oh, and I forgot that another Fender Tele just showed up. I am installing a classic style big-ass Bigsby with a neck shim on that one, and I am going to start with flatwound 11s and see what happens from there. The bridge pickup is flat poled on this one.
     
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    I haven't had mine long so I still have the factory .009s. I have .010s on my Tele and have been considering .011s. At some point the Esquire will probably get .010s and eventually, if I like them, .011s
     
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    11s for me..

    Builds up my fingers, wrists, and arm strength. ...
     
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    If I had one, it would have 8-38s like all my other guitars.
     
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    Those 008s may be too much ...

    007s are available ....
     
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    Arthritis and heavy strings don't go together well. You don't need finger, wrist, and arm strength to play guitar.

    I just wish I hadn't listened to that rubbish when I was younger, it would have saved me a lot of pain.
     
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    12-52 with a wound G - same on all my electrics. I'm a rhythm player so bending is less of an issue.
     
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    I use these on all my guitars:

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    Although I've got a set of these waiting to see some action, too:

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    11s for me on all my teles
     
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    May I see this "Jazzbo"? Does it have a single HB in the neck?
    Always thought that'd be cool on an Esquire. Thanks.
     
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    11-52 on all my guitars. Roundwound, plain G. I don’t know what pickup is in my Esquire but it sounds like A3 magnets and has raised D and G poles.
     
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    Here it is as I originally built it:
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    And here it is after some upgrades more recently:
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