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What size string do you use 8,9,10,11 or 12

#41 User is offline   MarlleyB 

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 09:55 PM

I use 10's on my les paul and 9's on my ibanez's and fender.

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 05:29 PM

View PostMarlleyB, on 07 May 2015 - 09:55 PM, said:

I use 10's on my les paul and 9's on my ibanez's and fender.

9's and 10's seem to be the most used on here for electric guitars


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Posted 28 May 2015 - 09:12 AM

I have an SG and a Strat and I use 10's on both. Ernie Ball Regular Slinky are my usual choice. They've been good to me.

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Posted 31 May 2015 - 12:49 PM

.011 - .050" Flatwound (including wound 3rd) D'Arrio Chromes for the Hofner Jazz Archtop (did use heavier but it was so tiring!)

medium tension D'Arrio for the Classical guitars (classical strings do not usually quote any gauge size)

.010 - .046" Ernie Ball regular slinky for all other electrics.

.010 - .052" custom Bronze wound sets (made up with individual selected sizes) for the Fylde acoustic
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Posted 31 May 2015 - 01:53 PM

D'Addario EXL115 11-49.

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Posted 31 May 2015 - 03:38 PM

10's on Gibsons & Prs. 9's on Strat.
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Posted 01 June 2015 - 01:36 AM

View PostKarloff, on 31 May 2015 - 03:38 PM, said:

10's on Gibsons & Prs. 9's on Strat.

Same here Karloff


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Posted 01 June 2015 - 06:41 AM

10s on all electrics, and 12s on all acoustics.
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Posted 01 June 2015 - 07:03 PM

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 10:15 PM

10 - 46 for electric
13 - 56 for acoustic
45 - 105 for bass
Ernie Ball, Gibson, Martin, and Rotosound are my string choices.
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Posted 20 June 2015 - 08:14 AM

For all of my acoustic guitars, (both 6 and 12 string), I use Martin Marquis Extra Lights, (10s). I play electric far more often than acoustic. The extra light gauge keeps me in familiar territory

I use D'Addario EXL on all of my electric guitars. Depending on the guitar I use D'Addario EXL 110, (.010 to .046), EXL 120, (.009 to .042), or EXL 125, (a hybrid mix of the first two .... .009 to .046). My Strat, Teles and hollowbody Jazz box run .010's. My Ibanez JEM and RG run .009's. My Les Paul and CS-336 run the hybrid .009 to .046. For whatever reason I just love the D'Addario EXL125 hybrid .009 to .046 on my Gibson necks.

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Posted 20 June 2015 - 10:53 AM

DR Pure Blues 10-52 on my Gibson 339 & 345

D'Addario NYXL 10-46 on G&L & Fender
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Posted 20 June 2015 - 04:30 PM

Extra Light Slinky's.

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 01:08 PM

View Postsparquelito, on 20 June 2015 - 04:30 PM, said:

Extra Light Slinky's.

I don't need telephone cables, I need angel hairs.

For acoustic I just tried my first customized string gauge setup recently. I stuck light Elixers on the middle 4 strings and stuck mediums(.013-.056) on the top and bottom string. I wanted to see if it made picking less physical. I wanted the medium .013 on the bottom string for brightness and the heavier top string at .056 for more bass. This is the Leo Kottke setup he uses.

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 11:31 AM

Ya know, I'm betting there is no "mechanical" reason for this other than feel, but I'm finding that while I greatly preferred .10s on my Fender instruments, I really like .09s on my Les Paul. I've tried .10s on my SG, LP Junior and recently on my Studio. They're just a ted too stiff for me. Just today (yesterday, technically)I strung up .09s and thats whatI'll be using!

Acoustic...I have a U.S. made Breedlove C25-CReH (I think...too many alpha/numeric characters for me [blink] ) that I've settled on .12s for.

I am stuck on Elixirs, Nano type, with D'Addario EXPs a close second. I'd also tried a set of DRs that I liked, but they were a "custom" set made for and distributed by a private guitar store near Harrisburg.

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Posted 03 July 2015 - 11:51 PM

10's on Gibsons & Prs. 9's on Strat.

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Posted 04 July 2015 - 04:02 AM

It seems that we are of a like mind.

I love D'Addario EJ15 Phosphor Bronze Extra Light strings on my acoustics, and Ernie Ball 2225 Nickel Extra Slinky strings on my electrics.

I am trying the Ernie Ball 2725 Cobalt Extra Slinky strings (same extra light gauge as the previously-mentioned ones) on my Telecaster right now, to see how they wear-in and sustain over a period of months. Thus far, I am pretty happy.

My Les Paul is pretty happy with the regular Extra Slinky's. I like the 8 thru 38 gauge for bending and overall sound.
Some players need a heavier string, but I'm not happy working that hard to phrase barre chords, etc.

I have an old Kramer Ferrington acoustic electric that I keep 'high strung' or 'Nashville strung', just for recording.
What I do is configure the bottom 3 strings with regular medium-light unwound strings, whatever the guitar store has handy for sale individually. 10, 13, 17 or so.
The top 3 strings are normally thicker, wound strings, but I set them up exactly like the bottom (unwound and simple 10, 13, 17).
It's an interesting sound, and a great accompaniment to a regular guitar sound when recording with it 'way back in the mix.
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Posted 05 July 2015 - 10:21 PM

Most Electric Guitars get .010" but some get .009" Jackson, Gibson Nighthawk
.011"-.013" on acoustics Different animals Ovation, Washburn, Fender etc?
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Posted 15 July 2015 - 12:07 AM

Mostly 10s, sometimes 9s on some of my Fenders.

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Posted 03 September 2015 - 06:52 PM

View Post4Hayden, on 13 January 2015 - 01:21 AM, said:

What's you favorite size of strings ? 12 for flat tops or 9-48 for Les Paul, tell us what type guitar and strings you use on it.


I use .9's with my Les Paul, and .11's for my acoustic guitars.
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