What String Gauge Do You Use For The Telecaster?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by RockNRollin_Nolan, Sep 11, 2017.

What's Your Favorite String Gauge

  1. 9-42

    74 vote(s)
    21.1%
  2. 9.5-44

    23 vote(s)
    6.6%
  3. 10-46

    176 vote(s)
    50.3%
  4. 11-49

    66 vote(s)
    18.9%
  5. 12-54

    10 vote(s)
    2.9%
  6. 13-62 (There's no way someone's going to use these on a Tele, right?)

    1 vote(s)
    0.3%
  1. LP26

    LP26 Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    D'Addario EPN21 - .012 - .051 Pure Nickel.

    I mostly play jazz and 1950's Chicago style blues making this set well adapted to delivering the tone I'm chasing.
     
  2. brookdalebill

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    I voted for 12-54.
    I do like an unwound G.
    I can tolerate an 11-49 set.
    I still like D'Addarios best, either XLs or NYXL.
    I need a little fight from my guitar.
     
  3. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    What 12-54 plain 3rd set do you use? That's not a normal gauge for me, but I don't care for wound 3rds, and I was looking for something heavier for my 175. Limited choices. I got one set of D'Addario EXL-145, but haven't tried them yet.
     
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    The EXL 145 are a great set, lately my very favorites are the NYXL 11-56.
    I put a .12 on if I record, or play slide.
    I very rarely play slide.
    I played more slide a few years ago with a great songwriter friend.

    P.S. - I like a .20-.21 for an unwound G
     
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    The last time changing 10-46 D'Addarios on a Telecaster to same I measured the new .010" with a micrometer and a digital caliper. Both readings confirmed .0095".
     
  6. moosie

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    Thanks. FYI, you're very special. I used my 10,000th post to ask you that question! :lol:
     
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    10.5 GHS David Gilmour.

    Had these on a ES-335 and had to change from 10s to 10.5s on my Telecaster too after a while.
     
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    11 flats, unwound 3rd
     
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    .010 -.052 on electric
    Martin Retro MM12 on 0-18
     
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    10-46 EB slinkys cheap and get the job done.
     
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    9- 42 on all my guitars
     
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    9.5s just seem to work best for me. Better tone than 9s, with good bendability. Been with them for 15 years or so. Occassionally, I'll go with 10s on one of my guitars just to change it up a little, but I'm predominantly on the 9.5s as a fave.
     
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    As of late, I really like the NYXL 10-46. They seem to retain their twang till the end of their life.
     
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    None of the above. I like for all electrics Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy bottom 10-52. I'll use other brand hybrids if available, but that is the only gage I use. I do have a V set up with 10-60s, but that is the rarity.
     
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    D'addario EPN110, 10-46 pure nickel.
     
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    Power Slinky’s (11’s) for me. I break far fewer high e strings with this set than when I play 10’s...
     
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    Fender Original Bullets 10-46
     
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    Just switched to 9’s from 10’s (elixirs) on my ash Am Pro. I was of the mindset that lighter gauge meant loss of volume and tone due to being an acoustic player for a few years before I started playing electric. 10’s aren’t bad or anything and I used them for years, but got bored and decided to mess around with gauges. The 9’s do sound a little different but I found I actually prefer the sound (with a little amp tweakage) and the playability was a nice change.
     
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    I used to think that 10-46 was a minimum until I one day came upon a thread similar to this one, did some homework, and found that most of my 60s-70s guitar heroes (Clapton, Page, Beck, Blackmore, etc. etc.) used 9s most of the time.

    My policy now is to use whichever gauges were OEM. If it's 9, or 10, or whatever, I stick with that.

    I blame the late SRV for zillions of people changing over to cattle-fencing gauges.
     
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    10s for Teles, 9s for Strats. EB or super bullets.
     
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