Best Gauge Strings For SG standard?

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  1. gball

    gball Well-Known Member

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    I tried to standardize strings on all my guitars. I can get away with my normal GHS Boomers 10's on the PRS 25", but just barely. On the Fender 25.5" guitars I just couldn't get used to them and went back to 9's.
     
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    I do (or did) the same, running EB 9s on everything until I got my 17 SG last year. The 9s just seemed to be too squishy so I bumped to 10s and all is good.

    Now I run 10s on everything. Go figure.
     
  3. Markaria

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    Back in my early playin days i used to use 9-42's but then changed to 10-46 for the last 25 years or so. Though i found the 9's slightly easier to play it seems like they flop around too much... especially if tuned down or in drop tunings.
     
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    I'm all over the map and change things up a lot. I have everything from 7-38 on a Telecaster to 11-50's on my Les Paul...

    My SG Standard was best with 10-46 and most of my Strats are strung with 9-42's
     
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    I run 9's on my 61 RI. 10's on my other Gibsons .. why?

    The 61 is STIFF !! Like a 25.5 scale stiff, and I love it .. guitar is hard to play, but the throw and attack are light years different then my other gibsons.
     
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    I'm a novice, so if I'm doing something unusual it would be good to hear about it.

    On the SG I tried various 9 to 11 sets and brands and like Gibson Brite Wires 10-13-17-26-36-46 best. On my Peavey JF-1, a 335ish guitar, I have Gibson Humbucker 10s, I believe.

    I have an Epiphone limited J-45, and I like 80/20 from Gibson or Ernie Ball in 10s on that guitar.

    Latest acquisitions are two Epiphone Masterbilt Century guitars, the Olympic for playing in the recliner, and its big brother, the Deluxe. Both are F-hole archtops. These have Martin Retro, Monel strings, 10-13-23-29-38-47. Sounds just like an old blues recording!

    The Monel didn't work for me on the J-45, but I won't put anything else on these archtops.

    I tried all of the usual brands but for electric I kept coming back to Gibson. Just liked the sound better.

    The J200 strings on the flat-top also sound pretty good.

    Tom
     
  7. JeffO

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    I just put .11’s on and they are a no go. I was going to go with .10’s next, but read that Angus uses .09’s so I’m going to try those. I’ve heard that Angus has a very light touch while he plays, so I’ll see how it goes for me. I happily use .10’s on all of my Fenders.
     
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    10-46 D’addario EXL110 Nickle. On everything I play... Jazzmasters and SG’s
     
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    My experience is that Fender guitars seem to play better using
    a lighter gauge than Gibsons... likely the small difference in neck
    length. I started with 11s on my Telecaster, and found it a struggle.
    *grins ...It sounds and feels fine with tens now.

    I like 11s on one of my SGs, and play tens on the other. The 2012 SG
    special was shipped with tens from the factory. Maybe now Gibson is
    shipping new guitars with nines.

    What I like about 11s is tuning stability and excellent tone. Also, they
    never break. I put them on and take them off in sets. I'm using thin
    picks .5 mm made by Clayton. It's a good combination through my amp.

    And that's how you decide IMHO... play it and listen, and play it more,
    and see how it feels to bend it. The set of strings isn't all by itself, it's a
    combination of what you use to pick, whether it's bare fingers or a heavy
    1mm pick... together with what you are using for a signal chain... whether
    it's straight into a Marshall or Fender Bassman with a coil cord, or through
    a complicated array of pedals and then a Laney... see what I'm saying?

    I own two Epiphone guitars and they both seem to play nice with tens.
    One's a hum bucker Wilshire and t'other's a P-90 ES-339. Thin pick,
    .010-.046 strings, plugged into a small pedal board and a 20W Orange
    Micro Terror or a 30W Vox VT-30... I'm sure it's way different than what
    others here might play.

    So it's the combination that creates tone IMHO... not just one component.
    Each string gauge needs to be set up and intonate after a change from a
    different gauge. I prefer to settle on one and play that, rather than messing
    about too much trying to re-invent the wheel.
     
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    I play Elixir 10-46, This is a very personal choice
     
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    I have changed string brands/gauges every 5 years or so. Lately I've been liking these...

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    They sound great and seem to bend easy.
     
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    Personally I have one simple rule: The best string gauge is the one you feel comfortable playing. I have been using Ernie Ball Slinkys for as long as I can remember.
     
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