Strings - what do you use and why?

Discussion in 'Tone Zone' started by lcw, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. Worblehat

    Worblehat Well-Known Member

    Mar 14, 2018
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    Lots of interesting opinions in this thread! It just made me go back to Ernie Ball 9s now and I will try the Gibson Brite Wire 9s soon.

    When I started playing guitar I quickly moved from EB Super Slinky (9-42) to Hybrid Slinky (9-46) and then to Regular Slinky (10-46). I found it easier to play the slightly thicker high strings as it does require less precision and sensitivity compared to 9s. I also thought thicker strings might help to strenghten my hand muscles.
    But now I actually came to the conclusion that light touch and sensitivity is very desirable so I am very happy with 9-42 now (at least in standard tuning).
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2019
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  2. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
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    I have three SG, each tuned to E, E-flat, C# and all three have 10-46. The SG tuned to E-flat feels the easiest to play with 10-46. There's times that I used a set of 9.5-44 on the SG tuned to standard pitch, but I end up going back to 10-46 for some reason. I guess I find it easier to buy three-packs of the same gauge string sets and learn to adapt to each guitar and use a lighter touch on the SG that are tuned below standard pitch.
  3. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Member

    Dec 19, 2018
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    D'Addario .046 to .010, regular nickle round wound with steel cores.

    I did ponder at one point on trying out the balanced tension .050 to .011 set though, but might not anyway as I have actually come to like how the set I have on currently sounds and fell.
  4. SatansGwitar

    SatansGwitar New Member

    Feb 7, 2019
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    I most recently discovered my preference is D'Addario's XL 9-46 after paying attention to string guages and re-stringing all my guitars. The super light guage is almost buttery to the touch for me, as I mostly play lead guitar arrangements. When learning guitar i played mostly on 10-46's and pressed the strings hard mainly for fretting strength/callusing but as i got used to the motions and feels after my first Gibson SG purchase which came with 09-46 strings, that was a wrap. Here's my string guage listing for each guitar i play, all are D'Addario's they just feel better and last longer than Ernies in my opinion.

    All SG's: XL 9-46
    Epi Casino: XL 10-46
    Strat: Fender brand 9-42

    BTW those Rev. Willies 07-38's strings sound crazy thin, would love to try them though lol.
  5. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

    Sep 29, 2009
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    Tucson AZ
    I like D'Addario 11-52 on one of my SGs, and will likely never change that one.
    Another SG came with 10s, so I have used 11s but recently strung her with tens,
    and both work fine.

    On a Fender scale guitar I prefer on gauge lighter... so I use tens on my Tele and
    could probably go to nines but haven't done so yet. Longer scale plays better with
    a lighter gauge IMHO.
  6. jonnyfez

    jonnyfez Member

    May 16, 2019
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    Each of my guitars seems to want a different gauge string set. SG Standard has 9s. SG special has 10s. Tele has 9.5s. Jazzmaster has 11s. Traditionally D'Addario but I've been using Ernie Ball lately too.

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