Best Gauge Strings For SG standard?

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  1. jimmijim

    jimmijim New Member

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    hey all, currently using ernie ball 11-58 but it seems really hard to actually press the strings against the fretboard.
    Whats your $00.02 on the best strings for an SG?
     
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    Susihukkanen Well-Known Member

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    I use 0.10s with normal stop bar tail piece SGs and 0.09s with Maestro SG, both Ernie Balls. Is it the best? I don't know. It depends what you like..
     
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    I am assuming your guitar is properly set up. If not it needs to be. String choice is an individual matter, dependent upon strength, style, and tonal preference . 11-58 sounds too heavy for most players. If you are having trouble with 11s, I would go down to a 10 and try that . Be advised that changing string gauge usually involves a new set up. Good luck
    Biddlin ;>)/

    PS Most SGs are shipped with 10-46. I use 9-42 or 8-38 most of the time, but have 7-32s on the way to try on my modified Vintage G-400 w/Maestro.

    Some other helpful stuff to further confuse you:
    http://www.everythingsg.com/index.php/articles/how-to.html?start=4
    http://www.everythingsg.com/images/stories/articles/howto/gibson_truss_rod_2.jpg
     
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    jimmijim New Member

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    yeah i've been noticing my low E just sounds dead and way too bassy compared to my other strings
    thanks for the articles man, just the right type of confusion.
    So it seems my strings may be a bit thick...
     
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    I like to use 9's on all my guitars but I find 10's ok as well. It's all personal preference as are most things.
    Can depend on what tunings your mostly using too.
     
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    "Can depend on what tunings your mostly using too."
    There, all fixed.
     
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    Gosh, Biddlin, if you are going to be that way,

    "Can depend on what tunings you're mostly using, too."

    Now leave the poor guy alone. He was probably typing with one hand and playing his SG with the other.
     
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    Fighting with a tiny netbook, myself.
    Biddlin ;>)/
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    7's!!! I thought I was the wimp on this board cause I used 8's.
     
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    I really like the Elixir Nanoweb strings myself. I think they keep that "new string" sound a lot longer than other brands do.
     
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    Usually on a Fender guitar like a Stratocaster, 10 gauge strings would feel a bit more rigid than on a Gibson because Fender usually uses long scale necks (25.5") while Gibson uses a shorter-scale neck (24.75"). In other words, a set of 11 gauge strings on a Gibson guitar can feel close to the tension of 10 gauge strings on a Fender. The shorter-scale Gibson necks tend to be a bit looser in feel for strings. As Biddlin has mentioned, it all comes down to personal preference. I've experimented with many different string gauges throughout the years and I think I've settled on one gauge, at least for each type of guitar.;)
     
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    "I know you ain't callin' me a wimp ."
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    I lied, they're 7-38s.
    Biddlin ;>)/
     
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    Ha ha, fixed lol, damn phone.
     
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    10-46.

    My favorite for SG's, Teles, Strats, if I had a Les Paul....335.....etc.

    Like Biddlin says, though, it's personal taste.
     
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    I didn't even know that 7's were an option! Wow....
     
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    7's must be like stringing your guitar with strands of cotton lol.
     
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    Same for me.

    All my electric guitars have 10-46 Elixir Nanowebs and my western acoustic has 12-53 coated Elixir somethings.
     
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    A couple of months ago i switched from .010's to .009's across the board. I've never been happier.
     
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    IMHO it is largely, but not only a matter of personal taste. Actually, different guitars may "need" different strings to get fully alive. The archtop i showed You recently lives best with 012-013 flats. My DIY V can even be played with 015 flats, and i make use of that if i want it to sound as a jazz guitar.

    One technical reason limiting the string tension and mass is the stiffness of the neck, and another one is the adjustability of the bridge - an issue if the SG is equipped with a wraparound bridge.

    The range of adjustment of the wraparound bridge of my SG reaches its reasonable limits shortly beyond gague 010. Which is not severe because i doubt the neck will be adequate for something significantly heavier. It looks as it would develop wolve tones on the low e string if the string mass becomes larger. So i stick with Pyramid Maximum Performance Pure Nickel in gauge 010-46 on the SG, and it really sings with these strings.
     
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    I play 8s on my Strat once in awhile for atmospheric surf or acid/jazz . :dude:Several years ago, I was told, by a big-name player who lives just South of me and shares my passion for klezmer music, that Billy played .007 strings. Over the years, I've setup some pretty darned light Strats and Teles for this guy and he says it's too light for him, but Billy Gibbons can play 'em. Now that I can buy them from MF, I've gotta try :naughty:. I will tell you honestly that when I first tried 8s, about 15 years ago, I used a self-hypnosis technique to learn to "lay-off" the strings . My friend Nadja, a concert violinist, also helped me to focus my fingers "on the right spot in time and space." So I think it will be cool! Besides, what Texas blues man doesn't want to play a Billy Gibbons' style now and again.( Not to mention what I plan to do to some Lightnin' Hopkins):laugh2:
    Biddlin ;>)/
     
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