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I'm a Fender guy that's crossing over to the dark side here...Just got an 88 LP Custom, and was surprised to find out that it was set up with 9's. I don't know a lot about Gibson's and LP's at this point but for some reason I thought that LP's were always a guitar to come from the factory with 10's? Or are there a lot that are set up with 9's? I've always gone by the Rule of Thumb that whatever a guitar comes from the factory with is what it's designed to have, string gauge

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With the shorter scale, 24 3/4" compared to Fenders 25 1/2" & PRSs 25" .010"s will feel like .009"s to those not used to the less tension that the Lesters create..

If it's setup for .009"-.042" & you like that gauge that's what I'd put back on it, If not whatever you prefer is what it should get..

I like Nickel because it's softer than the frets & has a warm tone to boot..

 

Our Nighthawk came from Gibson in 2013 with .009"s & it's action is SWEET!!

Got .010"s on the Blueshawk & am not sure what I'm gonna put on Red next string change either .009"s or .010"s

Have so many guitars that it takes a while to get around to changing all them strings

 

Congrats on the Custom Rob!! Looks amazing BTW!!

 

 

Rhubarb Red aka Red Hot Red

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IIRC it was also BB King that let Billy Gibbons try the lite strings on his Lucille & then he went on to use them afterwards.

Rev. Willy's .007" strings are available, But I never seen them in person Dunlop Rev. Willy's Mexican Lottery Brand Electric Guitar Strings

 

RWN0738 No. 7 Super Fine 7-9-11-20-30-38 --- Billy's Signature Gauge!

 

RWN0840 No. 8 Fine 8-10-12-20-30-40

 

RWN0942 No. 9 Light 9-11-16-24-32-42

 

RWN1046 No. 10 Medium 10-13-17-26-36-46

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After going back/forth between 9s and 10s for several years, I finally settled on EB Hybrids.

They are 9 - 46, light top/heavy bottom. D'Addario has the same set available now too.

 

Coincidentally, 9-46 is the standard set for the Studio Pro I bought last year

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I use Gibson Nickel Nines on both of my Lester's, and I love 'em. I have some arthritis, and it helps a lot on bends and hammers. I love the nickels for the soft feel and sweet tone. I think You could switch to tens without neck adjustment, unless Your action is super low.

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Cool thanks for the input guys, the 9's feel good on it so i'm going to play these for a while and then try 10's for the hell of it, i just hope 10's dont buzz a lot because the action is pretty much as low as possible with these 9's

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