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string gauge advice

PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 7:20 pm
by red
hi guys
i've got a les paul i use for slide. i've just been getting down and playing as much as i can but not given too much thought regarding the string gauges i should be using.at the moment i'm using 15,18,24,34,44,56.
i'd appreciate some advice which ones u recommend.

RE: string gauge advice

PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 8:05 pm
by slideshowbob
Gauges look all right to me. More importantly, how do they feel to you? I use 13-56, you're already at 15 for the 1st string,so that should do better for outright sliding.

RE: string gauge advice

PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 11:50 pm
by jellyroll baker
I use .11 to .52 and they're more than heavy enough. I can "dig in" to the strings when the mood takes me but the strings aren't so heavy that I curse myself once it's time to do a little fretting.

RE: string gauge advice

PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:23 am
by ricochet
On my electrics I use a standard set of .012-.052" nickel wound strings, and am quite happy with them.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

RE: string gauge advice

PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:55 am
by red
thanks
looks like i can make my playing easier[and less painful on my fingers] with some slightly lighter gauges

RE: string gauge advice

PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 5:12 am
by cheyenne
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Feb-05-06 AT 00:15 AM (EST)]12-56/58.
Any thinner on the bottom string, it goes up in pitch when it's plucked hard or capo'd.
Non-wound G, in favour of the ability to bend it well as opposed to the admittedly better tone and stability of a wound G.

RE: string gauge advice

PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 3:15 pm
by guitarslim101
12, 17, 22p, 30, 42, 58 for me...any lighter and I break them every 10 seconds.

RE: string gauge advice

PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 3:59 pm
by deltablues57
Red,
I had a friend who played slide on a Les Paul Double Cutaway studio not sure what guage strings he used but they were heavy. The neck got twisted. I think Les paul's with the thin 1960 neck are a little delicate. I play a Les Paul with 11's and have the action raised so I don't fret out. Try a set of 12's. It should be safe for the guitar and be OK for slide. I use 12's on all my resonators and on my Danelectro (the slide monster)...Delta

RE: string gauge advice

PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 6:02 pm
by rustyslide
I use .011-.052 on my Les Paul for fretted stuff. I have used it for slide on occasion, but the string tension is a bit soft for my liking.

RE: string gauge advice

PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 6:16 pm
by allanlummox
I'm using a 16 - 59 custom set on almost everything these days - I bought 50 sets last year.

D'addario nickel strings, with an unwound 26. On the National, on the Regal, on the Tele and the '64 Mel Mac, on the short scale Tacoma Papoose. I still string my Gibson Acoustic with Bronze 13's, but that guitar seldom leaves the house.

For recording, I often switch to a wound 26 - it has a more even and balanced tone - but for the bulk of my live performances, the unwound string is a better choice.

RE: string gauge advice

PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 7:36 pm
by ricochet
Of course, the tuning you're using matters. My .012-.052s are pretty taut in Open E or A, but as Rusty says they feel a little slack in Open D or G.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

RE: string gauge advice

PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 7:59 pm
by allanlummox
Good point.

The strings I use never get tuned as high as standard - usually to Open D or G, or a tuning in those neighborhoods.

RE: string gauge advice

PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 3:01 pm
by tot_ou_tard
Wow, those are some heavy strings. I am new at playing the guitar (2 months) and I have 9's (Ernie Ball Extra Slinkys) with a low action because I wanted to be able to chord and bend easily. I love all kinds of music and want to be flexible. Last night, I tried slide for the first time. I thought that I wouldn't be able to do anything due to the light gauge strings and low action, but it was fun nonetheless.

I was thinking of moving up to 10s (Regular Slinkys), but maybe I should go heavier. I still want to be able to bend easily if I an playing without the slide. I need to concentrate on basic guitar playing over slide technique. I think I'll leave the action low for now, I don't want to fiddle with the set-up just yet.

Allan

RE: string gauge advice

PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:20 pm
by guitarslim101
Allan,

I'd suggest you stay with a string gauge you're comfortable with if you're just starting out. Some great tones can be had from light strings...hell, Buddy Guy uses 9's! I didn't move up to 12's until I had been playing for about 3 years, and for me it was out of necessity...I play too hard for light strings. Either way, keep on playing.

RE: string gauge advice

PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 5:44 pm
by tot_ou_tard
Thanks GuitarSlim, I won't worry about it then. I was thinking of giving the 10s a try just to experiment anyway.

Allan