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What Gauge Strings Are on Your Telecaster?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Revelation, Sep 16, 2019.

What gauge strings are on your Telecaster?

  1. Set of 09's

    70 vote(s)
    23.2%
  2. Set of 10's

    161 vote(s)
    53.3%
  3. Hybrid (part 9 set and part 10)

    24 vote(s)
    7.9%
  4. Set of 11's

    47 vote(s)
    15.6%
  1. jazzalta

    jazzalta Tele-Meister

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    I use a hybrid set: 10, 13, 16, 24, 32, 42
     
  2. Guitardvark

    Guitardvark Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

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    I like my strings chunky on the bottom for thumpin
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  3. Hiker

    Hiker Poster Extraordinaire

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    Teles and Strats - 9’s.

    SG, Semi-hollow, others with 24.75ish scale, and Acoustic guitars - 10’s.
     
  4. TelecasterSam

    TelecasterSam Tele-Afflicted

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    Still using .0095 GHS after about 10 years. .009s are a little too thin and .010s is a little too hard to bend for me.
     
  5. Moriarty

    Moriarty Tele-Meister

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    I play 11s because that's what my local hero used on his Tele. I started out on bass, so I didn't really notice the difference until playing other people's guitars.
    I can do ok with 10s. 9s feel like spaghetti to me
     
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  6. RhinestoneStrat

    RhinestoneStrat Tele-Meister

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    I currently have 10's on my 1952 AVRI Tele. I recently strung up my '98 American Std. Strat with 9's so I might consider that on my Tele. After playing on 10's for so long I feel the 9's are the right choice for me considering a Fender neck scale length is longer than a Gibson's making string tension higher. If Billy Gibbons uses 8's on his Les Pauls I bet they feel real slinky.
     
  7. jimash

    jimash Friend of Leo's

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    09-46 has settled in as the one. Sometimes 9-42 or 10-46. But I find the 42's floppy, and the 10's are hard to bend at my advanced age.
     
  8. Sax-son

    Sax-son Tele-Holic

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    I use both 10 and 11s. I never use 9's any more. 12's would be more appropriate for thicker profile necks or some picking applications, but 11's should be plenty thick enough for tone concerns in my opinion.
     
  9. ElParto

    ElParto NEW MEMBER!

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    9-46's for me.
     
  10. baiff

    baiff Tele-Holic

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    Be a man and go for the .007 set!
     
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  11. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    Shouldn't that be, "Be a girly-man and go for the .007 set." ???????
     
  12. baiff

    baiff Tele-Holic

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    I was going for funny rather then just plain mean.
     
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  13. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    It takes a REAL MAN to rock a Hello Kitty Tele.
     
  14. teleplayr

    teleplayr Tele-Afflicted

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    D'Addario 9's.
     
  15. Rick-kcmo

    Rick-kcmo TDPRI Member

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    I'm boring but I knew that... I use 10's. I love Tele's but am not a "spank" kind of guy and GHS Burnished are my favorites. Play really smooth and take just a bit of bite off the bridge PU.
     
  16. Jimmy Hendricks

    Jimmy Hendricks TDPRI Member

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    Stringjoy 9.5's
     
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  17. Telegnosis

    Telegnosis Tele-Meister

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    D'Addario XL's. The wound strings from this set have grit! Anything else sounds like crap.
     
  18. GearGeek01

    GearGeek01 Tele-Meister

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    I buy GHS Boomers in .010-.046 by the 12-set box and use them on everything I have.

    One of my tricks for playing solo is to use a set of Dean Markley .012-.054 and tune them down to either D to D or C to C... works on a 1980 LP Artisan, a '93 Fotoflame Strat, and an Ernie Ball Axis Super Spor w/ P-90s... I didn't have a Tele at the time, but this set and that tuning works on any guitar for me with very little I've need to do for intonmation change, etc...

    First time I used them was in my straight ahead swing jazz solo guitar (ala Joe Pass style) days (mid to late 80s) on my Les Paul Artisan, tuned (back then) D to D or sometimes C to C... neck pickup, lot's of yummy chords tones through a clean Polytone amp...
     
  19. Doctor Blue

    Doctor Blue TDPRI Member

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    I've used a D'Addario hybrid set for years, "ten to fifty-two" which combines the top three strings from a set of 10s, and the bottom three from a set of 12s. It gives a full, fluent tone and, with those heavier bass strings, a lot of backbone. On shorter scale guitars I use 11-52. Same reason, same result. Well worth a try.
     
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