Best Gauge Strings For SG standard?

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  1. Tobacco Worm

    Tobacco Worm Well-Known Member

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    I jumped the reservation!
    You mean there's other gauges besides 10-46? Remarkable......

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    I feel so liberated just knowing that!

    But I didn't want to be liberated as I like that gauge and so do my few guitars too. That makes the worm a happy worm.
    Oh well, chin chin. Do carry on with your string thing.....:)
     
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    Hey Blackie... What you doin' on this pack?? :naughty:
     
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    ...i was just going to ask the same question...first thing that came to mind right away...instantly..ha ha....hmmm.. :naughty::fingersx:
     
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    I use 10-46 on my SG, my sister's has 9-42 and I think they're a bit too light. I have not much strength on my hand, but I mostly play some rock n roll rhythms and never go up the neck for soloing much.. so I'm gonna try 11s to see if I get a 'boost' on bass response and resonance. :dude:
     
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    I use D'Addarrio Blues/Jazz 11-52 round wound strings, and like them a lot.
    I tried a set of 10s on my Tele for the reasons Black states, and the Tele liked those
    strings a lot. But my SG sounds really good with 11s and I don't seem to have any
    trouble bending strings in the limited way that I use this technique. this guage is very stable and has lots of tone to offer. no tinny wimpy sounds outa my SG. 11s have balls. I'll tell it to Billy myself. Stevie Ray used .13s if you can believe it. But he tuned down a half step.

    It's very personal. But old dead strings cause many problems, so just buying a new set of your chosen type and putting them on can suddenly make your guitar come to life. they aren't precious, we put them on and break them and put on more. or take them off and replace them a day before an important event, and go onstage with confidence and good sound. Good luck. When you decide what guage strings you are going to use, then set your guitar's intonation for that brand and guage, and keep it that way.
     
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    Colonel Mustard did it in the Dining Room with the Knife.

    Seriously though, I check my intonation after EVERY string change. I've had the same size strings of the same brand and the same material require an intonation reset. It happens, so I check it on every string change.
     
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    9-46, 10-46 and the GHS Gilmour set are my favorites.
     
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    Good point.

    Each guitar seems to vibrate at its own unique frequency. You need to experiment with different sets of strings to find which gauge is right for your guitar. They could be as light as 0.07s or as heavy as 1.00s.
     
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    I've never even though of that. I've only stuck with 10s because that's what I like playing, but didn't consider that perhaps another gauge might bring out the best in my guitar. Interesting :)
     
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    I am really liking the Ernie ball cobalt 11/48's on mine
     
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    Like Biddlin, I had to go through some changes to get used to lighter strings, but I can really hear the "shake" you put on them, and oddly enough, the lighter you play, the faster you can go. It's all physics.
     
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    Well, you know what they say about great minds thinking alike....
     
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    ..and liking gloss-black guitars? ha ha...hmmmm...:naughty: Speaking of black guitars, mine will soon be out-of-phase like yours. I guess great minds can think in or out-of-phase, depending on the D.I.P switch settings on the back of our heads.:fingersx:
     
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    Since I'm basically a rhythm guy, I use 11s with a wound 3rd. I'm weird....I hate plain 3rds. They don't sound right to my ear and I can never get them to tune right for me either. The wound 3rds sound better to me for chord work. More content to the tone of 'em to me I guess. Just seems to go better with the other 5 to me. 10s would be fine too but I tune down a half step.
     
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    Do you ever do much note bending on that wound 3rd?

    I play both plain and wound 3rds depending on the guitar.
     
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    I tried 9s once and changed to 10s. Having played acoustic guitar strung with 13s for over 30 years I was finding it difficult to adjust to lighter strings... my "death grip" was taking the treble strings WAY sharp. So I tried 10s and that along with working on a lighter touch made quite a difference. What also helped was getting guitar setup properly.
     
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    I use 9-42 on all my guitars except my SG. On my SG I use 10-46. Heavier strings put a little extra tension on the Bigsby spring. This helps the tuning stability of the Bigsby.

    A coil spring needs to be compressed a certain amount to get to the point where it exerts more consistent and useable pressure. So, 10-46 strings are better at getting the coil spring to that point than lighter gauge strings.

    But, if you just have a stop bar, use whatever you like that works with your setup. If you alter your gauge a couple of sizes, you may have to adjust your setup.
     
  18. papersoul

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    Personal preference. I use 11-49 half step down.
     
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    All this talk about string gauges has given me a hankerin' to try some 12s or 13s.
     
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    Flatwounds on an ES-175 ? Go for it .
    Biddlin ;>)/
     

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