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Pinetree
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May 3rd, 2019 05:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

11's on the Gibsons, 10's on the Fenders.

9's on the pointy ones.



Leftee
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May 3rd, 2019 06:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

.010-.038 on all the electrics.

11s on the acoustics.

jhawkr
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May 4th, 2019 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

009s on most electrics,

010s on the Guild Capri with Bigby,

011s on most acoustics..


Twangmeister

Philly/NL, CT

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Jun 9th, 2019 08:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have more or less worked out my string gauges for acoustic and electric guitars, basses, dobro, violin and mandolin.

Now I have to find the right gauge for plectrum banjo. Damn!

BbendFender
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Jun 10th, 2019 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have been using 10's on all electrics but may switch to 9 or 9.5 on all ele. except the B-bender.
12's on my acoustics.
Everybody's different or the same.

wrnchbndr

New Jersey

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Jul 2nd, 2019 06:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

From an in-shop tech's point of view, unless otherwise requested, 10-46 on electrics and 11-52 on acoustics. I use Ernie Ball, GHS, or D'Addario without preference for one over the other. These are also the strings that I use for shop stock instruments that we sell and obviously I'd want these instruments to feel good to potential buyers. I depart from this for special situations such as shorter scale lengths. For instance, a Baby Taylor will get 12-54s.

DrKev

Paris, France

It's just a guitar, not rocket science.
Jul 2nd, 2019 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

If the client doesn't have a preference, I stick with standard factory gauges, which tend to be 9-42 on Fender scale electrics, 10-46 on Gibson scale, and 12s on Acoustics.

Personally, that's what I play too, though with 11s on acoustics.

RicOkc

Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Aug 6th, 2019 04:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

9's on all of my guitars.

walshb
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Aug 6th, 2019 05:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've gone back to 9's on everything, also. I was using 10's on the Gibsons for a few years, but....
It's easier to bend a .009 up a step and a half when necessary, and sometimes it is. ;)

ninworks
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Guitar Slave
Aug 17th, 2019 08:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm going back to 009's on my SG. I just can't get used to the 010 high E string. The rest don't bother me. I'll be playing along just fine then hit that E string and it's like I stumbled over a piece of suspension bridge cable.

Achase4u
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Aug 17th, 2019 01:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nothing wrong with that. Everyone has their own touch.

I do believe the ceiling for fast playing is increased with lighter strings and lower action. You don't have to push the string as far or lift the finger as high off of the fretboard when weaving lines. Of course bending is a big deal, too.

I like them all, honestly. That's why I have so many guitars(partly). I like 9s for some things and 13s for others.

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Aug 19th, 2019 05:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm too much of a ham-fisted player to play anything less than a .010" E string. I've tried to use .011's on my shorter scale (24-3/4) guitars but I only have a couple of those so I just keep it simple and stock only 10-46's.

budg
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Aug 19th, 2019 07:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

.010s on everything except my Gretsch that gets .011s. .012s on my 72 D35 and .013s on my D18.

littleuch
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Aug 19th, 2019 08:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I got to try out the 10-46 in a live situation the other day. Previously I found them a little too light under performance duress, lol. They felt just right.

LudwigVonFender
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Aug 23rd, 2019 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ok soooo, what brand does everybody like. I want to change the strings on my G&L Comanche which has 10's on it. I don't do a lot of string changes with so many guitars that I have and don't gig so, that makes me a 'string changing novice'. 8)

With so many brand choices out there, it's hard to chose. So, what brand is everybody using? Thanks

(This message was last edited by LudwigVonFender at 09:40 PM, Aug 23rd, 2019)

ninworks
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Aug 24th, 2019 01:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have used GHS Boomers for over 40 years. I went through many different brands back in the day and the Boomers seemed to check all my boxes.

littleuch
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Aug 24th, 2019 05:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ernie Ball Slinky or D'Addario. It's been a long time since I've expanded outside those 2 brands. I still have a few sets of Ernie Ball Power Slinkys (11-48) that I'll use on the Gibson scale gits.

Cal-Woody

USA/California

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Aug 24th, 2019 10:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have found that EB Cobalts retain good sound and stability, plus intonate better, more often than any other strings I have used.
However, for other convenienal brands, the GHS Boomers have held up well, even when using a whammy bar.
But the most consistent strings I have used have been the EB Cobalts. The regular EB's have been kind of a crap shoot on the heavier wound strings, mostly the 'A' strings. I'm not sure what is happening there but when installed, the A string has been causing the overall intonation to be flat and must move the saddle forward to get it to intonate. I did email Ernie Ball to tell them that this has become a problem, even when buying different runs of production and remedied the issue by using a different brand of strings. D'Addario are alright, but I find that they lose their luster quickly!! They just go dull fast and require more string changes to get back the sparkle and chime, even with consistent wipe downs. The Cobalts have great life and will sound consistent, performance after performance!!
Our band plays a lot in warm to hot weather and these strings have just outstanding and reliable.
Hope this helps you in your search for good strings.
Best regards, Woody

LudwigVonFender
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Aug 24th, 2019 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ok, let me just say that (8^D)I lie!(8^D)...sort of. 8) I'm very proficient at changing strings. I just don't feel a need to change then that often because they don't get abused like they would if I was in a band a played out alot.

Thanks for the recommendations and the reasons, especially, as to why you use what you use.

I have ordered a set of EB stainless regular slinkies that I will be putting on my G&L and also a set of D'Addario Environmental XL's in a 3 pack I'll use on some other less played guitars I have and a set of Elixir nanowebs for a Taylor I have. All are .10-.46 ga. We'll see how these work. Thanks! 8)

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Aug 24th, 2019 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've tried dozens of brands big and small. If roundwound, I like GHS boomers and Daddario. I do like some other brands like pyramid and DR but the first two are just easy to find and affordable. I get price breaks at stewmac on Daddario as well.

Flatwounds are a bit different, but right now I am looking Daddario Chrome's. Thomastik are very nice as well.

Acoustic guitar, ghs vintage bronze, silk and bronze, Daddario phosphor. They are all good. Kind of depends on what the specific guitar is for or the recording I am working on.

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