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Kizaze44
post Nov 16 2007, 05:20 AM
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I've been toying with the idea of trying 9-42 gauge strings (currently play with 10's) and my guitar shop guy says that it's a bad idea to use 9's on a Les Paul. What do you think? Any Les Paul players using 9's???

Thanks in advance for any feedback,

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post Nov 16 2007, 05:25 AM
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QUOTE (Kizaze44 @ Nov 15 2007, 11:20 PM) *
I've been toying with the idea of trying 9-42 gauge strings (currently play with 10's) and my guitar shop guy says that it's a bad idea to use 9's on a Les Paul. What do you think? Any Les Paul players using 9's???

Thanks in advance for any feedback,

Kiz

i use them on mine. Why not, why does he think it is bad?
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post Nov 16 2007, 05:27 AM
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I use 8's on my les Paul unsure.gif and i love it! so why not smile.gif


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post Nov 16 2007, 05:29 AM
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He said the tension wouldn't be right and the Les Paul is made to use 10's. I'm skeptical of his reasons, that's why I posted here. Have you ever switched from 10's to 9's, or have you always used 9's? If so, did you have to bring your LP into a shop to adjust anything? How do you like playing with 9's? Sorry for all the Q's - I've never played with anything but 10's and I'm curious - as long as it doesn't screw up my beautiful gal.
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post Nov 16 2007, 05:32 AM
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QUOTE (Kizaze44 @ Nov 15 2007, 11:29 PM) *
He said the tension wouldn't be right and the Les Paul is made to use 10's. I'm skeptical of his reasons, that's why I posted here. Have you ever switched from 10's to 9's, or have you always used 9's? If so, did you have to bring your LP into a shop to adjust anything? How do you like playing with 9's? Sorry for all the Q's - I've never played with anything but 10's and I'm curious - as long as it doesn't screw up my beautiful gal.

you'll be fine with 9's..he's silly


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you'll be fine with 9's..he's silly

Find someone else to work on your axe... smile.gif
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post Nov 16 2007, 05:40 AM
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QUOTE (Kizaze44 @ Nov 16 2007, 05:20 AM) *
I've been toying with the idea of trying 9-42 gauge strings (currently play with 10's) and my guitar shop guy says that it's a bad idea to use 9's on a Les Paul. What do you think? Any Les Paul players using 9's???

Thanks in advance for any feedback,

Kiz


He probably thinks 9's dont have a tone to compliment the paul.. thats his oppinion.

Other than that.. hes silly.


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post Nov 16 2007, 05:47 AM
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QUOTE (Tjchep @ Nov 15 2007, 11:40 PM) *
He probably thinks 9's dont have a tone to compliment the paul.. thats his oppinion.

Other than that.. hes silly.

I 100% agree. And if that is the case, I guess we all should be playing 12's. biggrin.gif
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post Nov 16 2007, 05:53 AM
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QUOTE (Tjchep @ Nov 15 2007, 11:40 PM) *
He probably thinks 9's dont have a tone to compliment the paul.. thats his oppinion.

Other than that.. hes silly.


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QUOTE (lefty01 @ Nov 16 2007, 04:47 AM) *
I 100% agree. And if that is the case, I guess we all should be playing 12's. biggrin.gif


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post Nov 16 2007, 05:59 AM
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QUOTE (Kizaze44 @ Nov 15 2007, 10:20 PM) *
I've been toying with the idea of trying 9-42 gauge strings (currently play with 10's) and my guitar shop guy says that it's a bad idea to use 9's on a Les Paul. What do you think? Any Les Paul players using 9's???

Thanks in advance for any feedback,

Kiz


I believe that Jimmy Page used that gauge. Pretty sure about that. As he more than anyone else established the popularity of the Les Paul, it clearly is not fatal to use that gauge. I don't like them, I feel the Les Paul sounds better with the heavier gauge. But it won't hurt anything. Give it a try. You might find yourself going back to the 46 gauge though. Les Pauls ship with 46 gauge. Fender with 42. That tells you something. But you certainly don't have to go that way, may have to adjust the truss rod though.

I would not assume because of this that he is not skilled repairing guitars. Some of those guys are very conservative about this kind of stuff. Does not mean they don't do their job well.


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post Nov 16 2007, 06:20 AM
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Thanks for the replies! GMC to the rescue - the best place for advice! I think I'll give it a try. I should be able to tell if it needs some adjusting - that is if I like the sound and feel of the strings.

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I often get the feeling the guys in my guitar shop are taking the michael out of me! I went in an asked for a 9 gauge the other day and they made feel a bit silly for asking unsure.gif


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post Nov 16 2007, 06:56 AM
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If your LP was set up with 10's you will need to have it adjusted to ensure proper tension on the neck bow. Just ask your tech to put 9's on it and readjust the guitar accordingly. After all he is getting paid to set up your guitar, not his own.


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post Nov 18 2007, 07:13 AM
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I have D'Addario XL 9-42s on mine and it plays very well.

I paid to have it professionally set-up that way.

Professional set-ups range from $25-$55 and that inlcudes the price of the strings.

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post Nov 19 2007, 08:53 PM
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QUOTE (Kizaze44 @ Nov 15 2007, 10:20 PM) *
I've been toying with the idea of trying 9-42 gauge strings (currently play with 10's) and my guitar shop guy says that it's a bad idea to use 9's on a Les Paul. What do you think? Any Les Paul players using 9's???

Thanks in advance for any feedback,

Kiz


That's what I use on my Paul - it's a 1961 TV Model - Double Cut - might need a slight neck adjustment - no big deal. I have owned this Paul for about 40 years now.
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When i saw this post i thought what???? blink.gif
I dont think there's really anything out there that would be that much affectd by just 2 gauges down string difference and even if it did it could be adjusted to work fine smile.gif


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QUOTE (yell03 @ Nov 18 2007, 12:13 AM) *
I have D'Addario XL 9-42s on mine and it plays very well.

I paid to have it professionally set-up that way.

Professional set-ups range from $25-$55 and that inlcudes the price of the strings.

Howard


You can pay someone that much to cut your grass also, or do it yourself. And both take just about as much intelligence and training to do well.

I take it back, takes more intelligence to cut the grass. I ruined my lawn mower yesterday, too stupid to look for rocks before I cut.

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QUOTE (fkalich @ Nov 19 2007, 09:00 PM) *
You can pay someone that much to cut your grass also, or do it yourself. And both take just about as much intelligence and training to do well.

I take it back, takes more intelligence to cut the grass. I ruined my lawn mower yesterday, too stupid to look for rocks before I cut.

edit: spelling

ROFL sorry to hear you broke your lawnmover that wasn't the fun part laugh.gif

All put so well biggrin.gif


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QUOTE (fkalich @ Nov 19 2007, 02:00 PM) *
You can pay someone that much to cut your grass also, or do it yourself. And both take just about as much intelligence and training to do well.

I take it back, takes more intelligence to cut the grass. I ruined my lawn mower yesterday, too stupid to look for rocks before I cut.

edit: spelling


I think he is asking a legitimate question. Your response is maybe a bit strong. I have left many boards due to these.
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post Nov 20 2007, 12:34 AM
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Thanks for the advice, all. It's cool if it seems like a dumb question! I don't mind asking - because I trust you GMC'ers more than the "experts" in my guitar shop. I know you would not steer me in the wrong direction! After I try the 9's, maybe I'll report back with the results.

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