I have tried lots of sizes. Since 1964, GHS Strings has been winding electric guitar strings in the southwestern corner of Michigan. I have 10's on one Strat, but I'm on the fence. I have 9-42 on my 52RI and CIJ52 and 10-46 on my Squier CVC. I've been jumping between 9s and 10s and I can't figure out how to solve it. Remember you will have to change intonation though if you change string size. The problem you're describing is either between your ears, or simply technique masked by string tension. He build custom guitars so I think he knows a thing or two. I mean the chord breaks up and has more dissonance I guess because the strings are lighter and have wilder oscillation? 08-07-2012, 09:24 AM #9. spacecowboy. So I like 9s but I feel like I'm not getting the same chord accuracy as with 10s. On that one I use plain strings from a 9.5 set and wound from a 10 set. I do like heavier strings for playing slide too. Best 12-string guitars 2020: 9 electric and acoustic 12-strings for all budgets. Lights are easier to fret and play than regulars or heavies. davidKOS , Jun 10, 2013 #3 So since I had to re-order strings anyway, in addition to a 10-pack of 10's, I also picked up a 3-pack of 9's to try. I recently got a strat and I'm assuming fender ships with 9's. So the question is - What are your favorite strings for Les Pauls, and why? These long-life strings from German company Optima are the only 24 carat gold strings in the world (don’t fear, they’re priced in the upper-medium end of the spectrum). I use 0.009's as they are easier to bend and I don't attack the strings playing soft classic rock.... Hope this helps, kcbuck Then you won't find any issue bending 10's. Main Stratocaster Guitar Discussion Forum, (You must log in or sign up to reply here. This is a forum where guitarists, from novice to experienced, can explore the world of guitar through a variety of media and discussion. I read that bending was a little easier, and having used basically the same brand of strings my whole life I decided to try a bunch of different gauges and brands. They require more strength to bend, but are better in every other way, in my opinion. The type of guitar strings you choose, and how often you change them will not only dramatically affect your tone, but also impact the playability of your guitar. i just put new strings on my 3 number 1 teles. The feel is similar on the fender with 9's as the lp with 10's I'm guessing due to scale length. In my opinion, 9, 12, 15 is vastly better than 9, 11, 16. Adding a 60 on the low-E string can also provide even more “oomph” to the low end. I switch between electric and acoustic. 8 … The feel will be different though. I think 10's are where it's at. 9 or 10 gauge guitar strings? A string is the vibrating element that produces sound in string instruments such as the guitar, harp, piano (), and members of the violin family.Strings are lengths of a flexible material that a musical instrument holds under tension so that they can vibrate freely, but controllably. The 0.011's are heavier than the 0.010's and if you really attack the strings and break the 0.010's try the 0.011's or maybe even the 0.012's. The 9's still sounded just as good tonally as the 10's. I do like heavier strings for playing slide too. Play an acoustic with 12's for awile and bend those. C11 §7.1.1 1. input above is not a string. So after moving back up to 9s, Ive found I have more control but I … The bends aren't as easy, and there's a real stiffness to the action. The 11's make that transition easy. There are two different reasons for this. To me, 10's are the perfect balance between having enough meat on the string to grab onto, and thin enough to get some nice bends. I tend to push down really hard on the strings as it is, and I have 11's on my acoustic where I do bending a bit, so who knows, maybe I'll give them a … He says all the SRV worshipers don't realize that he had new necks and repair work done on his guitars almost nightly and most of it was due to the crazy 13s he used. Steel strings for six-string guitar usually come in sets of matched strings. May 11, 2017 #4 Lights are easier to fret and play than regulars or heavies. ZE-9 Lite 9 11 16 24 32 42 ZEH-9 Lite & Heavy 9 11 16 26 36 46 ZE-10 Lite-Lite 10 13 17 26 36 46 ZAE-10 Lite 10 14 22 30 38 48 ZAE-11 Medium-Lite 11 15 22 30 40 50 ZAE-12 Medium 12 16 24 32 42 54 ZAE-13 Medium-Heavy 13 17 26 34 45 56 DR Zebra Acoustic-Electric Guitar Strings ZE-9 Extra Lite 9-42 Pick the string gauge you prefer to use and practice. 10's or 11's are better for slide in most cases and the added volume and sustain doesnt hurt either. Get the guaranteed best price on 6 String Sets for Acoustic Guitar like the DR Strings Zebra Acoustic Electric Lite (9-42) at Musician's Friend. While I'm still far from Knopfleresque in my execution, … I have a good set of 10s but im curious if that will sound out of tune if the bridge is set for the 9s. I'm using the EB 10-52 as well (and Dean Markley 11-56 on my short scale guitars). I can't really remember why I changed other than it just felt better, but when I change to a tele or LP with 10's I don't notice there's a difference. This means the 10's will exert a stronger tendency to bow the neck than the 9's, and therefore your guitar tech had to tighten the truss rod to compensate. On P-90 equipped Lesters, actually ALL P-90 equipped guitars, I like GHS Boomers, 10-46. Best of both worlds! bass notes, but the strings get too floppy beyond this (although thicker strings do help). There's nothing inherently better or worse about the string gauge; it's all in your hands in this case. Ok, so Ive been experimenting with different string gauges lately. To me, 10's are the perfect balance between having enough meat on the string to grab onto, and thin enough to get some nice bends. To contact the forum owner hit the Contact Us link. Press J to jump to the feed. I'll start - on humbucker equipped LP's I like Ernie Ball Slinky's, 10-46. Everybody has their favorite strings. I know a lot of people use 10's or 11's or higher, but to me, its just not worth it. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. I read that bending was a little easier, and having used basically the same brand of strings my whole life I decided to try a bunch of different gauges and brands. Compact Strings vs. Compressed Strings. So I recently broke my low E string (for the second time) on a 9-42 set and I can't decide what strings should I buy next. 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