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

#61 User is offline   4Hayden 

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Posted 11 September 2015 - 11:36 PM

View PostFZ Fan, on 25 February 2015 - 12:52 PM, said:

Just like em, Been playing them for years. What do you use? They are pretty affordable. I have tried D'addario, Ernie Ball, DR, Fender, Gibson, GHS, and Martin, Never tired any of the uber high end ones. Spending any more that 6 or 7 bucks to me seems to be a waste.

OK FZ I got a set of Dean Markley on the way , I'll letyou know what I here

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 05:14 PM

View Postppburns, on 28 May 2015 - 09:12 AM, said:

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.


Amen to that. I'm rough on strings, so when I started out using EB Extras I broke them all the time, so I tried Supers, which lasted a bit longer, then I switched to Regulars and I've had no problems since. I use them on everything.
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Posted 22 October 2015 - 03:25 AM

All my electrics except the E/2 have D'addario 10-52's. The E/2 has 10-46.
They are tuned half a step down, but a few songs in our band are tuned to B-F#-C#-F#-Bb-Eb (low Eb two steps down, G# one step down, the rest standard half a step down) I need that 52 to keep some tension in there, but the extra tension is also nice for standard tuning.

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Posted 23 October 2015 - 03:23 AM

Ernie Ball Super Slinky's (.009-.042) or Extra Slinky's (.008 - .038) on my electrics.
Depending upon my mood.
On the hum-bucking guitars (the Les Paul and the Ibanez Jet King) I tend to favor the Super Slinky's, on everything else, the lighter gauge ones.


D'Addario Extra Lights (010-.047) on my acoustics.


My ukulele has some nylon strings on it.
They are quite old, but they work.
I have no idea what gauge they are.
Am I alone in this?

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Posted 25 October 2015 - 09:03 AM

For my electrics I use Gibson Vintage Reissue Pure Nickel Wound 09-42 gauge. Love these strings, great feel and tone and they last for ages. No string breaks or getting dull in sound or colour.
My acoustic guitars, I use Ernie Ball Silk and Steel 80/20 Bronze Alloy 13-56 gauge. These give a sweet mellow tone and are great for smaller body acoustics.

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Posted 26 October 2015 - 08:17 AM

For my Les Paul Studio, I love the Gibson Vintage .10-.46, can't stand the NYXL on them. The NYXL sound OK on the SGJ, looking for something different.

The SG sounds sublime with NYXL .09-.46. Kramer... I've always used .09-.42 though I'm not liking the NYXL on it.

Just put some DR Pure Blues .10-.46 on the LPC and they're some of the best sounding strings, I've heard, brand new. Will probably put these on at least the SGJ also.
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Posted 04 November 2015 - 03:41 AM

I had used 10s or 11s tuned to Eb on my Strats, either Thomastik-Infeld when I could afford them or D'Addario.
With the onset of my new Les Pauls I went back to using 9s and standard tuning with D'Addario. Could not be happier. I am so done with thick gauge strings via Billy Gibbon's story on how BB got him to go thin.
Much easier on my hands as well.
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Posted 04 November 2015 - 09:26 PM

Basic "go to" strings, are D'Addario EXL 125's (9-46) There quite nice, long lasting,
easy to find, even out here in the "sticks!" And, are reasonably priced, as well.

I'm trying some "Chromes" (Flat wounds) on my old '66 Gretsch Country Gent, and so far,
I really like those as well. At least, for that particular guitar!

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 05:59 AM

View Postcharlie brown, on 04 November 2015 - 09:26 PM, said:

Basic "go to" strings, are D'Addario EXL 125's (9-46) There quite nice, long lasting,
easy to find, even out here in the "sticks!" And, are reasonably priced, as well.

I'm trying some "Chromes" (Flat wounds) on my old '66 Gretsch Country Gent, and so far,
I really like those as well. At least, for that particular guitar!

CB

My box of XLs are only 9-42s. Is there a EXL w a 46? I would actually like that better.
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Posted 05 November 2015 - 12:39 PM

Hey Oldfart, I saw the Billy Gibbon story too so I went down to 8's and love 'em. BG said he went all the way down to 7's. Yikes
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Posted 05 December 2015 - 08:10 PM

D'Addario 10s on all my electrics. Sometimes I use the 10s with the heavy bottom, mainly for down-tuning.
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Posted 17 December 2015 - 09:26 PM

View PostMarky Forrest, on 05 November 2015 - 12:39 PM, said:

Hey Oldfart, I saw the Billy Gibbon story too so I went down to 8's and love 'em. BG said he went all the way down to 7's. Yikes

Yep.
Hard to find those 7s. I think 9 is as low as I care to go. I worry the string tension on the Les Paul is just not enough going that low. I have trouble now getting my truss rod to give relief with 9s.
I do think Billy G is right about the strings you do not have to use thick strings, the exception is probably using lower tunings which tend to work better on heavier strings.

Thought about maybe going back to 10s, John McLaughlin uses 10-46. I am thinking D'Addario 9-46 will be the keeper for me. The 42s have been OK but I think I little bit heavier would be better for me.
I like the 9s and changing back to std tuning was an adjustment for me but I like it.
Despite they are very cost effective they last and feel smooth to touch. Spent a lot more and gotten a lot less. Have not tried the NYXL and not sure I need to mess with them. The XLs are cool for me. I have never broken a string in my entire several decades of playing (light touch of a heavy hand) so the NYXL without a trem are probably overkill for me.
D'Addario has been a fav of mine and they seem to never let me down or fail to hold a quality standard. For the cost. hard to beat. I have used about everything over the centuries but D'Addario seems to be the one for me.
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Posted 18 December 2015 - 11:58 PM

I use 9s on both my SG and my 2000 AmStd Strat. Super Bullets on the Strat, still searching for my favorite SG set. So far DR seems to be the ones I keep going back to
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Posted 19 December 2015 - 12:15 AM

View PostOLDFART, on 17 December 2015 - 09:26 PM, said:

Yep.
Hard to find those 7s. I think 9 is as low as I care to go. I worry the string tension on the Les Paul is just not enough going that low. I have trouble now getting my truss rod to give relief with 9s.
I do think Billy G is right about the strings you do not have to use thick strings, the exception is probably using lower tunings which tend to work better on heavier strings.

Thought about maybe going back to 10s, John McLaughlin uses 10-46. I am thinking D'Addario 9-46 will be the keeper for me. The 42s have been OK but I think I little bit heavier would be better for me.
I like the 9s and changing back to std tuning was an adjustment for me but I like it.
Despite they are very cost effective they last and feel smooth to touch. Spent a lot more and gotten a lot less. Have not tried the NYXL and not sure I need to mess with them. The XLs are cool for me. I have never broken a string in my entire several decades of playing (light touch of a heavy hand) so the NYXL without a trem are probably overkill for me.
D'Addario has been a fav of mine and they seem to never let me down or fail to hold a quality standard. For the cost. hard to beat. I have used about everything over the centuries but D'Addario seems to be the one for me.

Billy Gibbon used 8's on some guitars because they were easier to bend

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 11:50 AM

View Post4Hayden, on 19 December 2015 - 12:15 AM, said:

Billy Gibbon used 8's on some guitars because they were easier to bend

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His tech showed he gets these custom made 7s. Interesting gear he uses these days, has changed a lot over time. I love Billy Gs playing style, he is one cool cat. I really like when he brings out a real Les Paul like the old days, most of those customs he uses just do not appeal to me much. One reason I still dig Pagey is he never left the LP and Bonamassa stays with an LP most of the time. JB seems to keep the same pickup settings and tends to sound the same probably bridge wide open. Part of the magic for me is the constant volume and tone adjust and that glorious mid blend position.
Something about the LP that has always been the pinnacle guitar look and tone for me. Took me a long time to actually be able to get one. I played custom built Strats for ages with 10s to Eb pitch. Now back to 9s on the LPs and loving it.
Got to love a guitar that makes you want to play. I find myself picking one of mine several times in the late night just to jam a little unplugged. I cannot seem to pick up my other guitars anymore.
Still a D'Addario user myself, been the most consistent quality string I have used and I have used them all over the centuries. The cost on EXL is ridiculously low for the quality.
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Posted 25 December 2015 - 06:36 PM

View PostOLDFART, on 20 December 2015 - 11:50 AM, said:

His tech showed he gets these custom made 7s. Interesting gear he uses these days, has changed a lot over time. I love Billy Gs playing style, he is one cool cat. I really like when he brings out a real Les Paul like the old days, most of those customs he uses just do not appeal to me much. One reason I still dig Pagey is he never left the LP and Bonamassa stays with an LP most of the time. JB seems to keep the same pickup settings and tends to sound the same probably bridge wide open. Part of the magic for me is the constant volume and tone adjust and that glorious mid blend position.
Something about the LP that has always been the pinnacle guitar look and tone for me. Took me a long time to actually be able to get one. I played custom built Strats for ages with 10s to Eb pitch. Now back to 9s on the LPs and loving it.
Got to love a guitar that makes you want to play. I find myself picking one of mine several times in the late night just to jam a little unplugged. I cannot seem to pick up my other guitars anymore.
Still a D'Addario user myself, been the most consistent quality string I have used and I have used them all over the centuries. The cost on EXL is ridiculously low for the quality.


The cost on EXL is ridiculously low for the quality. I agree

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 04:59 PM

View Post4Hayden, on 21 January 2015 - 10:16 AM, said:

Found out most on here use 9's


Well 9's do play well, but for me, the scale length of the Gibson Guitar coming from a guy who also plays bass, and tune my Les Paul to E flat (Slash) on traditional numbers, 10's are the go-to. Just seem to ring out right and still be bendy and slick for runs.
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Posted 30 December 2015 - 05:04 PM

View Post4Hayden, on 19 December 2015 - 12:15 AM, said:

Billy Gibbon used 8's on some guitars because they were easier to bend

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I have heard that Jimi also played 7's on the studio records, and 8's on stage, (still broke a bunch) but with his style and bending to 1.5 steps on most licks it almost didn't matter where his fingers landed, he would bend and whammy into key.
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Posted 30 December 2015 - 08:27 PM

View PostJayinLA, on 30 December 2015 - 05:04 PM, said:

I have heard that Jimi also played 7's on the studio records, and 8's on stage, (still broke a bunch) but with his style and bending to 1.5 steps on most licks it almost didn't matter where his fingers landed, he would bend and whammy into key.

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Posted 31 December 2015 - 10:48 AM

10's for A440. 11's for 1/2 step down. Slinkys.
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