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Shred Cat
post Oct 21 2006, 05:45 PM
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Hmmm, I'm debating on what string gauge I should use. Should I stick with .009's or go up to 10's? The main reason I would switch is because of the tone difference. But is there really a signifigant tone difference when only going up 1 gauge?

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post Oct 21 2006, 06:24 PM
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Yes there is a pretty big difference in tone.

Personally I still go for 09 because of the advantages when playing solo. For instance bending and speedpicking is much easier, in my opinion.


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post Oct 21 2006, 07:22 PM
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Personally I can't notice a difference

I have tried both 9's and 10's and have not noticed a difference in tone or a difference in "bendability".

I am not sure if this is down to different brands though - I never seem to have used the same brand twice, I have tried lots of different strings from D'addarios, Newtones, fenders, slinkys, Everleys, and a few others I cant remember and I dont think I have tried a 9 and then a 10 of the same brand.

Mind you, I do play a Variax now, maybe that has an effect on the tone?
Though I did try both sizes on my USA Fender strat and not notice a difference either?

I am thinking of trying 11's sometime soon.

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post Oct 22 2006, 02:10 AM
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I used to have 9's and bending was really easy. Then I went to 10's, plus I lowered the action. Now it is pretty hard to bend. I plan to go back to 9's once I get my strat I think. I definetly won't be like SRV using 12 or 13's ohmy.gif I might try both and see if there will be a signifigant tone difference and if techniques are alot harder or not.

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post Oct 22 2006, 02:15 AM
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Yea, sometimes there is a big difference in tone. I have .10-.46 on an all mahogany set-necked guitar, and I have .10-.52 on a much cheaper alder bodied guitar with a bolt-on maple neck, and the latter sounds better! blink.gif
But really it's preferance, so try a few different gauges and see witch ones you like. I use DR Dimebag strings .10-.52, now I'm not one to use signature stuff but the harmonics are very clear, tone is great, and string life is very long.


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post Oct 22 2006, 02:30 AM
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this got me thinking what strings are on my fender? On my acoustic I have medium guage, so I checked my electric and the package was ernie ball slinky green package 10's.
Maybe I should get light's for the acoustics?? Would be nice to bend strings easier...

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post Dec 8 2006, 11:10 PM
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It mostly depends on taste and what kind of pickups your guitar has;
with humbucker your sound will have body almost no matter what.
When using a single coiled guitar like a strat your tone will definitely benefit by using thicker gauge strings..

SRV's used .011's if I'm not mistaken, on a 1959 Strat with a sixties neck on which he put bassguitar fret's... Hey the man had fingers like Bratwurst sausages:)
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post Dec 12 2006, 05:28 PM
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See if your local store has some guitars out, try them out on the guitar closest to yours and see if it's your thing or not.
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