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Tele string gauge...

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by gtrjunior, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. gtrjunior

    gtrjunior Tele-Holic

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    The elixirs are great, I just can't get myself to spend the xtra on them....except for on my Taylor
     
  2. cdb1961

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    Heard an interview with Billy Gibbons, he stated when he played BB King, he asked Billy, "WHY YA WORKING SO HARD?" He switched to light strings from that day on... (like 8's or 9's)

    Personally I like 10-46's, 9's are just to easy to bend, especially on my Tele. My CU24's nut doesn't hold 9's well but 10's are great
     
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  3. gtrjunior

    gtrjunior Tele-Holic

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    I knew Billy used light strings, now I know the story behind it!
    Once I get the new compensated saddles in I think I'm gonna set it up with .10 first and see how it feels and take it from there.
     
  4. kurtmanifest1

    kurtmanifest1 Tele-Meister

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    11´s on my AV52 and 10´s on my MIM standard and American Special.....for some reason the 10´s on the AV52 felt slinkier than on the others, so I moved up to 11´s....sometimes I think of going back....
     
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    javiersson Tele-Meister

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    Just got a set of 11s. For the first time. I will let you know.
     
  6. Graham Peterson

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    I generally like heavier strings, and honestly I think a tele really needs to have heavier strings to sound its best. Right now I have 11-49 thomastik bebops on my tele and my SG and just normal 10's on my strat.
     
  7. dmagalhaes

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    I use 10-38 on on all of my guitars. I recently ran out of my stash of Dean Markley's and have started using Boomers. I also have some SIT's on the way.
     
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  8. Ash Telecaster

    Ash Telecaster Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I use tens. I can use nines but I tend to break them. I'm kind of a heavy handed player.
     
  9. TheletterJ

    TheletterJ Tele-Afflicted

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    And in a pinch you can put up a makeshift suspension bridge.
     
  10. Tele 2K

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    For my Am Standard Tele I prefer Ernie Ball Ni plated .010's. When I had more vintage pickups I liked the pure nickels. They took out some of the brightness of the older style pickups.

    PS - I have a 2015 Tele that does not have the vintage pickups, not sure what they are, it just says Custom Shop pickups...

    VW
     
  11. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Friend of Leo's

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    I use a 09 on all my stuff. Two Fenders, two Gibbys
     
  12. awasson

    awasson Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    That sounds like a good spread... What brand are you using? Does Dean Markley still do 10-38?
     
  13. dmagalhaes

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    They did for several years then stopped. As far as I know, only GHS, SIT and Vinci make a 10-38 set now.
     
  14. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I like a little "fight" from my guitars.
    Not too much, though most guys don't like my set up.
    I used to use D'Addarrio XL .11s, but I've thrown them over for their NYXL 11-56 set.
    They last a longer, stay in tune better, and cost a little more than double, but I get almost 6 gigs out of them before I kill em'.
     
  15. awasson

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    Thanks... I'll see if I can find some at my local shop. GHS are probably the most likely ones available here without needed a special order.
     
  16. PCollen

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    I use D'Ad EXL120 9's on my Strats and Tele .
     
  17. JazzboxBlues

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    This is where I'm at with strings. On the telecaster D'addario 10-46 and have tried GHS Nickel Rockers. I prefer the D'Addarios. I'll probably try 11's at some point. On the ES175 I was using Pyramid Nickel Wound 11-49 with plain g. I'm currently using D'Addario 11-49 on Joel Paterson's recommendation. I think I prefer them. I'll try the pyramids again to make sure. On the ES125 I use D'addario 12s with plain g. They are what it had on it when I bought it. I like them.
     
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    All my electric guitars are strung with 10-46, except the Ibanez Hollowbody which has flatwound 11-50. On the solid bodied Fenders I use Fender 150 pure nickel on the Baja Tele and Bullet 250's on the Strats. All my Fenders came with 10-46's from the factory, AFAIK.

    I use GHS Boomers light on the 3 Gibsons, But the LP has a chambered body, the ES-347 is a semihollow, and the L6-S is a solid body. I also have a Epiphone LP Special II That I only put GHS boomers on. I have a Yamaha SBG 2100 (Santana's Pre PRS guitar) that has GHS boomers. They are 10-46's.

    My acoustics have either 11's or 12's; the Martin has a light-heavy set of Martin strings that start @ 11 gauge but end in 52 gauge {custom Light).
     
  19. Gene O.

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    D'Addario 10-46 on all electrics.
     
  20. Dean James

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    If you don't mind, here's a small tangent. Just curious. Who says "duh-dairy-oh" & who says "dee-uh-dairy-oh"?

    I grew up in a town with a large Italian-American population. Everyone there would say "duh-dairy-oh." D'Addario even has a pronunciation page on their web site.

    But it seems like many pronounce it "dee-uh-dairy-oh".

    (Yes, this is one of the smaller issues at large in the world today.)
     
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