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Challisman
post Jun 20 2008, 02:26 PM
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Hi guys,

now I've truly got the bug now and started playing again I was wondering what guage string of choice is for the instructors and students in general. I'm looking to concenrate more on the shredding side of things at the moment so looking for some nice speedy runs and some cool bends. I'm finding playing with my 9's bending to high notes and at speed can be a little tough (soul of the world being a prime example, Great by the way Kris & Marcus!!).

After a few days practising my fingers a sore as you like so I'm having to rest for a day to recover between practices. Will the lower guage help?

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post Jun 20 2008, 02:39 PM
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Lower gauge needs a bit less strength from the fingers. But 0,09 is not very thick I believe, I have 0,10 and that's prety average I think. The thinner the strings, the less power is needed and the thinner the sound sounds.


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post Jun 20 2008, 02:45 PM
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QUOTE (Challisman @ Jun 20 2008, 03:26 PM) *
now I've truly got the bug now and started playing again I was wondering what guage string of choice is for the instructors and students in general.

.09 (XL) is what most people around here use. wink.gif

QUOTE (Challisman @ Jun 20 2008, 03:26 PM) *
After a few days practising my fingers a sore as you like so I'm having to rest for a day to recover between practices. Will the lower guage help?

Sorry, but you just have to endure it. tongue.gif
Don't worry, your callouses will grow strong and hardy in a couple months. smile.gif


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post Jun 20 2008, 02:49 PM
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10's for me cuz they just feel right to my hands.


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post Jun 20 2008, 02:54 PM
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post Jun 20 2008, 04:25 PM
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Used 11's before, but too heavy on the fingers. Now I use 10-46 - light. smile.gif


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post Jun 20 2008, 04:45 PM
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I have become quite fond of Ernie Balls super slinky .09s. Might be a bad habit, but I find them a bit easier to play, bend etc.


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post Jun 20 2008, 04:53 PM
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I prefere 010 for legato, but I am thinking of going back to 009 to make bends easier.


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post Jun 20 2008, 04:54 PM
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12's on D standard tuning.They feel great specially for my picking hand and I can easily bend and do vibrato with them biggrin.gif

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post Jun 20 2008, 04:55 PM
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Yeah using 9s is a good choice...

I use 40-60-70-95 though wink.gif


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post Jun 20 2008, 06:34 PM
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mines are 0.09 wink.gif


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post Jun 20 2008, 06:50 PM
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I've used D'addarios .09 all my life, but since I've had this problem with my left pinky tendon I've switched to .08 so I don't strain my finger so much when doing bends.

I had to re-calibrate my floyd rose though.
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post Jun 20 2008, 06:58 PM
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I use .10's on my main guitar E standard and .13 on my les paul tuned down 1/2 to Eb sometimes D. I also have some zakk wylde's on my bc rich so I can drop to C nice!! I am pretty sure .9's are standard, someone correct me if I am wrong dry.gif
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post Jun 20 2008, 11:03 PM
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i use extra light gauge 0.08


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post Jun 20 2008, 11:15 PM
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I really like Ernie Ball Super Slinky (0.09-0.42). smile.gif They last way longer and have a nicer sound than any other kind of string i've tried.
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post Jun 21 2008, 12:09 PM
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I have 12's on my esp viper and 11th on my mexican strat, no problem to bend here... Okay, 1 1/2 step bends are impossible, and a whole step bend on the higher frets hurts, but, it's just for practise tongue.gif But I really like the 11's. I think I'm gonna stick with those, gets a really nice sound and feeling.


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post Jun 21 2008, 02:13 PM
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One more thing, Challisman.

Since you are already using 009 which should be fine for bending, maybe your action is too low? That also makes bending harder.
If you want to use the action really low, maybe you should try 008 (I guess this is the setup from Yngwie Malmsteen)

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post Jun 21 2008, 04:05 PM
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QUOTE (Gus @ Jun 21 2008, 09:13 AM) *
One more thing, Challisman.

Since you are already using 009 which should be fine for bending, maybe your action is too low? That also makes bending harder.
If you want to use the action really low, maybe you should try 008 (I guess this is the setup from Yngwie Malmsteen)



I don't know if he does anymore, but Ynqwie as far as i know uses custom sets, the bottom three strings are 9's and the top three are 8's,

Actually there was a time back around Trilogy he was actually using 3 gauges, 10's for the low E, 9's for A thru G and 8's on the E and B.

I don't think he does that anymore, now he just uses a custom 2 gauge set up.

(like i said, far as i know)

Me personally i use 9-42 D'Addario, i actually prefer the 9-46's but on my guitar the extra meat on the bottom strings makes some of the intonation problems even worse so for now i use the 9'42's

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post Jun 22 2008, 09:47 PM
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I've been using 08's for a couple years now. Listening to recordings with thicker strings on the same guitar, I can't tell any difference in tone or volume of any kind, but I only switched form 10's.
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post Jun 23 2008, 04:28 PM
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I pretty much never use anything else than tens. They came stock on my first guitar and I have this notion (and maybe that is all it is) that they sound "bigger". When I play nines I definately notice it and it is easier to bend, in that less force is required to push and stretch the string, but on the other hand I find that on the thinner strings there is less to grab on to in a way. All in all tho, I think that lower gauges a easier on your fingers.

I use D'Addario EXL110.

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