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> Could My String Gauge Be Hindering Progress?, and what about gauge = certain tuning?
post May 5 2009, 08:43 AM
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Ideally the thicker the strings you can take the better. Sure with thinner strings you can move them about a bit more but you lose out on tone, and as already mentioned you can strengthen your hands so 10s or even 11s don't seem to bad to bend. At first they may seem stiff but you will adapt to them. To be honest if you go any lower than D then you should be using AT LEAST 11s. Even 10s in C can sound well not good enough. This is especially true when it comes to recording and things like that. Of course i say this if your main tuning is C standard or drop C.

I use 10s because i use all sorts of tuning. Generally the lowest i will go is drop C, and the only reason i don't have 11s is i use E standard and stuff as well. Although i guess i could strengthen my hands and maybe i will try them at some point just to see what they're like but i probably won't need to go any thicker than that.
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