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rhythmicdevil / Steven Wright 4mo+5dy ago
Do you have a preferred string gauge for leads? I am currently just 10-46, and am considering switching to 9-42.


   

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GilbertNorum   commented 4mo+5dy ago


Yes, 9-42 is fine. I used to think I got better pitch with 10 or 11 and it just hurt my fingers lol. I don't have SRV hands. Also watch this video maybe it will help you decide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGXj_NQONYM&ab_channel=RickBeato

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rhythmicdevil   commented 4mo+5dy ago


Cool thanks. I watched the video and thought it was quite informative.

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GilbertNorum   commented 4mo+5dy ago


Or maybe 9.5 gauge?

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sriracha   commented 4mo+4dy ago


That's the gauge I have on my Strandberg 7. I had that tuned down a full step and setup with those. Being a balanced tension set that works very well for me.

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sriracha   commented 4mo+5dy ago


So I was always 9-46 on standard tuning. I've started tuning all my guitars down a full step and am using 10s with a slightly heavier lower end - most of my guitars are 7 or 8 string and fan fretted. I look for sets that are balanced tension sets for this. What I've found using that tuning and string combo is the strings last a long time w/o getting dull, and I can bend them insanely far and they seem to stay in tune better.

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rhythmicdevil   commented 4mo+5dy ago


The reason I'm getting around to this is that was working on a lead and had to bend E on the 1st string at 12th fret up to G. I could do it, but after an hour or so my fingers were pretty sore. I was thinking that the lighter gauge would be suitable for leads.

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sriracha   commented 4mo+5dy ago


I think that is one of those "you do it often enough and it doesn't hurt" types of things... - but lighter gauges are easier to bend for sure. Also easier to break on a bend. :D

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rhythmicdevil   commented 4mo+5dy ago


Fair point.

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xd238   commented 4mo+4dy ago


...a blistering response, I must say, Bill ;D

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sriracha   commented 4mo+4dy ago


plllbbtttt

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xd238   commented 4mo+4dy ago


Wow, so callous... ;D I am just a goofy guy with short fat fingers who is fairly lousy at traditional guitar playing. I should not even be in this group LOL That being said, I tend to go with heavier weight strings as 10-11 min on the top string. I only have one guitar that uses a premade pack, opting for single string combos I assemble myself, going heavy as I can on the bottom string. i have an .006 top string only on my short scale Travelers guitar.

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rhythmicdevil   commented 4mo+3dy ago


lol

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Hotjams   commented 4mo+4dy ago


Nyuuuuck

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Treid   commented 4mo+4dy ago


For coated strings then I would go for 9.42 or on shorter scale necks 8?s feel great.

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rhythmicdevil   commented 4mo+4dy ago


Thanks. Appreciate the input.

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sriracha   commented 4mo+4dy ago


Do you like those? I tried a bunch of different ones, using them over months at a time. The elixers, etc. I found they dulled the tone, and the coating wore off in the nut causing the strings to stick when I bended notes or used the trem. I had to stop even tho I liked the idea of them. Curious what your experience has been.

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Treid   commented 4mo+4dy ago


Well, I am legally obliged to say that I use Daddario... but if you freeze frame this video https://youtu.be/HdVE4BXS9xQ?t=17 ...Yeah... The coating does reduce the treble but I actually see that as a good thing because I have that treblephobia. I also play with a thick, pointy pick and my right hand technique is pretty heavy. The coating does come off VERY fast but I change my strings once a month or once every two shows anyway. So, it never really gets to that point and I havent snapped a string in a long time. I think if I was using a regular brand of strings I would use 10-46 because the coating makes them feel a little tighter.

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liljoe6string   commented 4mo+4dy ago


moving to 9-42??? GOOD MAN!! I even use them on my acoustic (: my fingers r 2 wimpy for 10sets

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WillaWay   commented 4mo+4dy ago


Always been a fan of 9-42. Ernie Ball Super Slinky's are my preferred choice and have been for years:)

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liljoe6string   commented 4mo+4dy ago


+1

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rhythmicdevil   commented 4mo+3dy ago


I have some packs of those in my string box. I will them a shot again too.

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Hotjams   commented 4mo+4dy ago


I watched this a few days ago...hmmmm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGXj_NQONYM

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fritte01   commented 4mo+4dy ago


stooner guitar 12-60 D standard drop C. E standard drop D 10-52 :)

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rhythmicdevil   commented 4mo+3dy ago


I bought a pack of EXL120BT 9-40. They feel and sound pretty good.