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Hi everyone, new here and this is my first post, hope everyone's good..

I generally use 11 guage strings on my guitars (Jazzmaster, Tele, old Fernandes strat) but my fave guitar is of course an SG (it's a 1973 SG standard). However, on my SG for some reason it always feels better to me with 10s rather than 11s. Of course string guages are always personal and different per player, but I was wondering if anyone else used different strings for their SGs compared to their other guitars?

Interestingly as well I like D'Addarios on my guitars apart from my SG on which I prefer Ernie Ball Super Slinkys. The Jazzmaster and Fernades have rosewood boards, the Tele is maple, and the SG is ebony - no idea if that has something to do with it.

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Hi everyone, new here and this is my first post, hope everyone's good..

I generally use 11 guage strings on my guitars (Jazzmaster, Tele, old Fernandes strat) but my fave guitar is of course an SG (it's a 1973 SG standard). However, on my SG for some reason it always feels better to me with 10s rather than 11s. Of course string guages are always personal and different per player, but I was wondering if anyone else used different strings for their SGs compared to their other guitars?

Interestingly as well I like D'Addarios on my guitars apart from my SG on which I prefer Ernie Ball Super Slinkys. The Jazzmaster and Fernades have rosewood boards, the Tele is maple, and the SG is ebony - no idea if that has something to do with it.

Cheers!
Howdy, and welcome to the board! :smile:

I use mostly Custom 9’s on my SGs, either Gibson Brite Wires or EB Hybrid Slinkys (copper pack). I’ve been known to use EB Super Slinkys 9s (pink pack) on a couple of them. Most all my strats use the Super Slinkys as well.

Also, I frequently use D’Addarios with my accoustics, 12s and 13s in both phosphorous bronze and 80/20 bronze.
 

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Howdy, and welcome to the board! :smile:

I use mostly Custom 9’s on my SGs, either Gibson Brite Wires or EB Hybrid Slinkys (copper pack). I’ve been known to use EB Super Slinkys 9s (pink pack) on a couple of them. Most all my strats use the Super Slinkys as well.

Also, I frequently use D’Addarios with my accoustics, 12s and 13s in both phosphorous bronze and 80/20 bronze.

Thanks! Great to be here, can already tell there's a lot of knowledge on these boards!
 

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Because of the shorter scale length, you are always likely to want lighter gauge strings on a Gibson than a Fender. I use 8 on my Gibsons, 9 on the Fenders and 10 on acoustics.

Thanks for the info! Regarding the shorter scale length, would the lighter strings be recommended to reduce tension on the headstock?
 

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Shorter scale on Gibson more likely to use heavier gauge, not lighter.
Fender longer scale more likely to use lighter gauge strings.

10's on a Gibson will feel similar to 9's on a Fender.
Longer scale length = more tension.
Shorter scale length = less tension.
 

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Because of the shorter scale length, you are always likely to want lighter gauge strings on a Gibson than a Fender.
That is not true at all. Shorter scale requires heavier gauge. My Ric 325 has a scale length of just 20 3/4 inches. You know what strings come stock on that guitar? 12s. Yes, 12s. And they play like 9s.

Cerebral gasket's post above explains scale length/string gauge ratio accurately and simply enough.

9s on the big guy, 12s on the little guy

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BG and Iommy play 7's According to Rotosound Hendrix used 7's and sometimes 6's
 

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I have used 10-46 on practically everything I have owned in the last 40 or so years. The current exception is a D'Angelico jazz box using 12-56 flats.
 

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10-38s on both Strat, and Gibson scales. Used these since 1971. My Fender is a 4 Bolt 71 Oly Wht Strat I got new... Fender stopped making them for a bunch of years, they still made them in Bullets, but Im not much on them, so I switched to 10-38 Boomers, and like them just as much.

While I dont have an SG, I dop have a Gibson scale 59 burst replica thats same scale as an SG.

I do have my eyes on a Dicky Betts Custom Shop SG though. Ive wanted one since they came out, but put money into another Amplifier, and Speaker Cabinet/Speakers.


I did try 12-56-13-58s years ago, tuned to pitch, with my gorilla grip, and did more damage to the frets in 3 months, than I had in 30 previous years. Chewed the livin crap out of the frets. Very damaging if you have a heavy grip, and do alot of heavy Vibrato , and alot of bending.

I can see how SRV chewed up frets. It dont take long, with heavy strings, a gorilla grip, and hours and hours of playing.

I also have grooves worn into the board, but thats probably more of a product of hours of usage, along with alot of bending, and vibrato.

Duane Allman used 10-38s. Hendrix used 10-38s.
 

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On this one I’m using GHS Eric Johnson Nickel Rockers, in 0.010” - 0.050” which are nickel wound. They seem great to me.
I’ve used anybody’s 10 - 46 forever though, on everything.

My other SG has the pole piece magnet P-90 looking pickups.
Since the pole pieces don’t adjust on these particular pickups (and most Fender type design pickups), I use nickel plated STEEL for more even response (they’re 10-46). DB4A2448-F2B5-4616-941C-9AE7FF6C455F.jpeg
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The relation between gauge and feel are related to many factors : gauge, but also brand, string material and core, and guitar scale lenght. That said, the best string set for you is the one you prefer to play with, and suits to your playing.
 
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I was thinking of trying 11's on my SG.
Most of my thin-string guitars are 25.5" and I'm interested to see how the feel might change or improve by fitting 11s to compensate for the shorter scale.
I've bought the 11s, I just haven't changed 'em yet ...
I Know there's a popular current of opinion online for lighter gauges but being a Bass Player by trade I'll pull the strings out of tune if I go too light ;)
 

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I have to use 8's on all of my standard tuned guitars because of my arthritis and left arm pain (my SG is one of them) for the band I use 9's in D on my LP.
 


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