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post Apr 3 2007, 06:18 AM
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Yeah I took a day break because my thumb and hand were hurting. I don't want to end up getting carpal tunnel. I got a pair of 11 gauge strings for my guitar because I heard a friend say that they give an awesome sound for metal. So I bought them but haven't used them. I read the pack of strings and it said for jazz and blues i think... I want a good pair of Heavy metal strings can someone help me.
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post Apr 3 2007, 10:51 AM
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I've not experimented with strings much to be honest... But it's my understanding that if you want heavy riffage; then you want heavy strings. Shredding and fast work will be easier on light strings though. Since I play all different types of stuff from shred/metal/ska/funk etc I stick with 10s.

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Guitars - Epiphone Les Paul Custom (Seymour Duncan JB), Schecter Omen 6 Extreme FR, Squier Affinity Strat, Yamaha F-301 Acoustic

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post Apr 4 2007, 08:29 PM
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Heavy gauge strings arent good at tunings like D Standard or Above, the tone of heavy gauge string comes out best at low tuning like C Standard, Drop B, B Standard or Drop A. If you use E Standard then heavy gauge strings arent your thing, i use Ultra Lights for my Ibanez at E Standard, .09's for my othe ibanez whicH i keep at D Standard or Drop C, And on my washburn i have "Super Heavys" which are just like .11's with one extra wind around the string, which i have at C Standard or lower, this is how i break it down.

String Size and recommended tuning:
-Ultra Lights - E Standard
-Lights ------- E Standard / Drop D
-Mediums---- D Standard / Drop C
-Heavys ----- C Standard / Drop B / B Standard / Drop A

And after you figure out that, try many differnet strings to see which gives you the best tone and playability.
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post Apr 5 2007, 01:42 AM
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experiment to see what gauge of strings suits you best

i use 9s because i like to the bend the strings biggrin.gif

becareful about messing with string gauges if you have a tremolo though tongue.gif
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