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Sabbz
Sep 24 2011, 05:08 AM
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Just curious as to what everyone else prefers/uses. I prefer to use 11 gauge strings. (My fave brand are Dean Markley Blue Steels) If I have to, I'll drop down to a 10 gauge, but that's the minimum. I simply can't play 009s or 008s. That feels like I'm playing a toy guitar or something. lol

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Michael AC
Sep 24 2011, 05:37 AM
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I use Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom 10 to 52 gauge.

With the 10s I feel better practicing bends, It seems more natural to me. With 9s I also bend way past.

Most of that I imagine is my inexperience.

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Sep 24 2011, 07:35 AM
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I use Ernie Ball's 11 - 54, good for detuning, since I often switch between standard, half step down, full step dwon and drop D. Bending is harder on those though.

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MonkeyDAthos
Sep 24 2011, 07:40 AM
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i got some 0'12 on my Drop C/ some time B guitar.

and 0'10 0'52 on my E Standard.

might change back to 0'9 since i am not diggin' much the 0'52 and the 0'10 tongue.gif

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Ivan Milenkovic
Sep 24 2011, 12:51 PM
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Daddario 10-46 or 10-52 depending on what I play. I like 11-52 too, for Eb tuning.

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JaxN4
Sep 24 2011, 02:34 PM
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Elixir 9 - 46 ..... my scarred up finger tips dont take too knidly for heavy strings.....

Elixir's are amazing, they never rust, and they last for ages....cost more but they are worth it. Try em if you havent yet.....

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Adrian Figallo
Sep 24 2011, 04:20 PM
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i use the regular ernie ball's 10, love them smile.gif

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thefireball
Sep 24 2011, 04:50 PM
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Well, let's see...I think it depends on your tuning, your playing style, and ultimately your preference.

For standard tuning, I use 9 hybrids on my Ibanez RG. I like the heavy sound of the deeper strings, but the ease in soloing. I was using regular 10s, until I started playing Daniel's "Wild Bends" lesson. Have you tried playing that lesson in standard with 10s? My calluses were tearing up, causing pain in my fingers. I decided to go back to hybrids (now coated). Now I can play much better. Yes, even Canon Rock, my most treasured song in my heart. biggrin.gif I have much more control. Yes, it took some getting used to. I over-bended a lot at first, but I got used to where I had to bend, and now I am more precise.

Okay, now for my would-be baritone guitar. It's actually my Jackson SLSMG Soloist. I use 14-68. It's not a true set because it's part of an 8 string set. I would like to switch to a true set though some day. I play in Drop A on this guitar. Used to, I tuned this to Standard. I would like to have 70 for the lowest string, but I can't fit any higher gauge into the tuning peg.

And my Ibanez Gio, which my little brother mostly uses now, has 11 hybrids, I think. He tunes it to Drop B or Drop Bb. Too floppy for me. I like hammering away on my strings. smile.gif

One day, I want a 7-string and a baritone guitar.

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Sinisa Cekic
Sep 24 2011, 10:56 PM
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Elixir and Ernie Ball ( 10/46, 9/42) !

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Fender bullets 9s nickel plated steel on the strat. Ernie ball 10 - 74s on the eight string smile.gif

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Gabriel Leopardi
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I use 010 and it works great for me.

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10-46 for E standard and Drop D
11- 56 for drop C
14 - 68 for Drop A

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