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Re: Thicker Gauge Strings question! Help

PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:07 pm
by bubbayork
Thanks man, ill start a new thread.

The feel of thicker gauge strings do feel more natural to me.
i play alot of acoustic stuff so maybe thats why the slinky strings seem funny.
9's just feel way to thin

Re: Thicker Gauge Strings question! Help

PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:16 am
by Singemonkey
Yeah. I agree that .09s lack substance. But I think this is more about feel than tone. As someone posted above, Billy Gibbons gets great tone with .008s. It's an electric guitar. Most of what happens comes from the pickups and the amplifier (and the loudspeaker). Better to choose the gauge you're comfortable with and then get all that stuff right.

I have .10s on my main gigging Les Paul, and on my Pacifica (strat type). On the Les Paul they feel very light, while they feel a little heavier on the Pacifica with the longer scale length. My other LP which has a Bigsby tailpiece and I use more for fingerpicking and rockabilly has .11s. But I wouldn't want those on a Strat.

On another note. Someone gave you a '65 Strat? O_o

Re: Thicker Gauge Strings question! Help

PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:16 am
by ricbleu
Thanks for all the feedback on string gauge guys. I've always read "thicker is better, thicker is better" but I've just purchased as a second guitar, a Tanglewood 00 (cedar and mahogany) which comes fitted and recommended for 11s. My first guitar is a Larrivee L03R and is definitely suited to 12s .The Tanglewood is bright and clean with plenty of volume and the lighter strings make playing feel really slick and slinky and the sustain and resonance is terrific. But always this nagging voice "heavy is better". But your advice above tells me that there would be no tonal advantage in going to 12s and sets my mind at rest. Peace :D

Re: Thicker Gauge Strings question! Help

PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:39 am
by TheDude
Yeppers... changed the strings on my jumbo acoustic from 13s to 11s. No tonal difference whatsoever. Sounds exactly the same. It's just easier to play.

ALL my electrics have 9s on them. I've had 10s or 11s on some of my guitars before, but I felt it didn't make any difference in terms of tone. 11s just made it nearly impossible to play. I want effortless playability from my guitars. I don't want to wrestle the damn things. My best playing guitar's a Pacifica: slim neck, flat board with big frets and 9s on it. Plays like butter!

But that's different for everyone. Go with whatever gauge feels best for you.