String gauges on an SG

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  1. Bert Scrogshaw

    Bert Scrogshaw New Member

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    What are the heaviest string gauge would you put on your SG (and still play in 'standard' tuning)? I've just acquired an SG.....love it to bits.....and it came with a set of 10s on it. I'd like to go a little heavier. To maybe a full set of 11s or maybe 12s. Can the neck take the extra tension? If not then I might stick with the lower 4 strings of a 10 set and beef up the B and top E strings an extra gauge or two.
     
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    I use 11s on my SG with no problems.
    The advantages are a rounder sound and a bit more tuning
    stability. But I use tens on other guitars with no loss of tone
    and no tuning problems.

    The quick answer is: you can use any
    gauge on your SG
    , but if you want to use heavier than 11s
    I'd suggest dropping the tuning a step, or a half step.
    I use 12s on my acoustic guitars, and used to use 13s when
    I played a lot of bars. No problems there either.

    Many players will use 11s or heavier strings if they tune to
    a lower pitch than standard. I play in standard and have no
    trouble bending these strings. But I don't do extreme bends
    in my style. If I wanted to bend more dramatically, I would use
    lighter strings.

    I like 11s for playing slide. So I use them on my Telecaster which
    I have set up for slide. My feeling is that Fender guitars play better
    with one gauge lighter strings than a Gibson, maybe because of the
    difference in neck length. But for slide, the tele sounds great with
    11s and has lots of sustain.
     
  3. skelt101

    skelt101 Active Member

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    This is my rule of thumb as well. 10s on Fenders, 11s on Gibsons. :thumb:
     
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    DaveInSoCal Active Member

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    I use 9's on all of my guitars except for one dedicated down tuned Strat which uses 10's. Gibson nuts are cut for 9's so that's what I stick with.
     
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    I used to use eights but then I started using Exlir strings and they don't make eights so I settle for nines
     
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    11's, or even 12's should not be a problem. I'm perfectly happy with my 008 to 038 :D
     
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  7. Bert Scrogshaw

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    8s to 38s! I've never tried anything lighter than 10s to 46s or maybe up to 48s at bottom end. What kind of music do you play on these ultra light strings? And what kind of amp/ amp settings? I'm thinking of going heavier.....particularly on ths top 2 strings.
     
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    Blues/rock, my own stuff that could probably best be described as folksy rock...

    Since first trying them I have put them on all my guitars, the tone is a little bit different but good. I have used everything from 013 flat wounds and down. For a really long time I played 010-046, then 009-046 but I can't see myself stop using the 008's, they feel great!

    The amp is a Quilter Overdrive 200 and the settings depend heavily on what I play. For blues I use the clean channel with the gain fairly high and use the volume control on the guitar to clean it up.
     
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    Not only cheap but safe too! They won't take your fingers off as they snap :D
     
  11. Bert Scrogshaw

    Bert Scrogshaw New Member

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    Are these real strings? I don't see them next to the Ernie Ball strings in my local store.
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    learn to set up your guitar and no strings snap.

    I have only seen them in a store once, I order them online.

    All my electrics get them, bigsby’s, Floyd’s, Fender, Gibson, Gretsch.

    always in tune never broken.
     
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    I've never, ever had a string snap while playing. Once I had the high e snap on a strat when I was going to change strings, before I learned to loosen them from high to low rather than low to high.
     
  14. Rick330man

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    I follow the exact same scheme. All of my SGs (2 Specials, 1 Standard and 2 of the 3-mini-humbucker Deluxes) and SG variants (2 - DeArmond S73s and a an Epiphone Korina G400) are set up for Ernie Ball .11/.48s. Pickups...that's a different issue.

    My American Standard Telecaster and my Strat-inspired Parker Nite-Fly use .10/.46s.
     
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    You can use whatever, though I use .046 to .010, but considered .050 to .011.
     
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    I use D'Addario NYXL .009-.042 on my 24.75" scale guitars and Rev Willy's Mexican Lottery Brand No.7s on my Strats.
    Opposite ends of the cost scale, I usually pay about $9/set in three packs for NYXLS as opposed to $5 or less for Rev Willys. Both last a long time and play great.
    I have 10-42 Cleartone strings on my P-93 Custom Riviera, the ones it shipped with. They are great but I will swap to NYXLs when they wear out.
     
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    D'Addario XL 10|46
     
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    I use Ernie Ball 10-46
     
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    Me too, though I've just bought a pack of 5 sets of Gibson Brite wires 10-46 to try out on my various guitars since they are a bit cheaper than EBs.

    I tend to change my strings fairly often, especially since 'discovering' locking tuners when I bought my SG: I've now fitted them to both my LP guitars as well.
     

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