But recently I started using 9s on Fenders and 10s on Shorter scale lengths like Gibsons. If there isn't a fret buzz, and the intonation is good, then you're good. Technically - it would always be better to have a good tech cut the nut to the … I switched from 10s to 9s a few years ago after having played 10s on Strats for about 15 years. 9-46 across the board, both les Paul's, bothe strats, and my Jaguar. I've played 9s since I first started. Re: String gauge for Strats We don't need no stinkin' decimals Hmmm so .009's are prone to breakage? Member. I use 10-46 on my Les Pauls too, I don't mind the difference, even with the scale difference. 9s feel like spaghetti to me now. It also means that they're harder to bend. YMMV. I found 8s too thin, so I moved back up, and put bronze 10s on my acoustic. would gauge 10 strings work on a fender american strat with a tremolo? Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. I figure the truss rod will need adjustment due to lower string tension. On a set of 10s, it’s a 13 that you typically see. The 9's on the Jaguar are a little floppy I must admit and 10's or even 11's may feel better but its easy to do bends on and has a real light touch Apr 10, 2020 #64. rocking rooster Tele-Holic. I just picked up a strat copy and put 10s on it without thinking. Nov 25, 2009 #7 10s. Edit: I suppose higher gauge strings are less likely to go out of tune due to temperature variations. 5. In standard tuning, of my 4 PRS guitars, two now have 9s, one the factory 10s, but the 4th one I just restrung with PRS 9.5s and I believe that is what at least 3 of the 4 will use in the future. Messages: 7,625. 4. LPMarshall Hack Senior Member. Joined Dec 11, 2008 Messages 16,182 Reaction score 23,467. I went from 9s to 10s on all my Strats now. In what order should I tweek things after I put on the new set of strings? fek Active member. Hard to say. 10s are perfect for me, though I like hybrid slinkies (9s top, 10s bottom) on strats and teles . If you've been used to playing with 10s, 9s will play sharp out of tune. 9-42 on Fenders, 10-46 on Gibsons, 12-53 on my Gibson acoustic. 25. Sep 19, 2016 #74 Y'all got it wrong. I want to put 10s on it. Your mileage may vary. As I've aged, my grip strength and endurance has decreased. I'm not even going to mention how easier the bends were. EWSEthan New member. Eb Standard Fender Scale – Skinny Top / Heavy Bottom (10-52) For a tighter feel on the lower strings. I know what you mean about 9's, I just replaced to some 10's with heavy bottoms. 5 years ago. She's a I will post a NGD thread with pics later tonight when I get home. My last 3 guitars came with 10s and I played 'em that way at first, but as soon as I changed to 9's the guitar immediately seemed much more responsive to me. I use 10, 11, 14, 26, 36, 48 sort of a Blackmore set Re: 9s vs 10s. Replies 88; Created 12 yr; Last Reply 12 yr; Top Posters In This Topic. I thought it would change my tone but it doesn't enough for anyone to be like "hey those are 9s!". Going from 9s to 10s was a lot harder to get used to and bigger effect on tone than going from 10s to 11s I found. Philtre Frets: 2830 . Clapton plays 10s and may as well count as a paradigm for classic strat tone. Aug 8. We use a 13.5 and on a set of 9s it’s an 11 when I think it really should be a 12. I put 9s on my Tele recently. I just got a new Tele that came with 9s. Not only it was more comfortable, but my fingers didnt hurt after some hours of playing. The Hoff wrote:11s for me. Currently use 11s on most of my strats, 10s on one strat and tele. Kenneth Mountain, Pat V., 5ofeight and 1 other person like this. Joined: Oct 13, 2011 Location: Somerset UK. You could go with 11's on your LP and 10's on your strat . I am considering a change in string gauge from 10s to 9s on my Mexican Strat. I use 11s, so I don't like it enough to actually use 9s, but when I switched to 9s on my Strat a few years ago, I thought it was a sonic improvement. If you're interested in 9s, I think the easiest thing to do is to buy a set, put them on, and see if you like them. ToneRanger Most Honored Senior Member. Be brave. I needed a little more tension and resistance while I was playing. Posts: 531. This means that they intonate better (your fingers don't mash them out of tune so easily). Aug 14. Changed my strat from 09s to 10's and my strat was now much easier to play. V.I.P. The 9s sound a little bit different and I had to learn to play a bit softer to avoid excessive buzz. I play clean - well, amp breakup - with an OD pedal some. Reactions: 1 person. I'm far from an expert, but I'd put the strings on and play. Back to the original post - I like 9s on a strat but use 10s because I use it for slide. My current strings have to go. - Is the "classic" strat sound better achieved with 10's, 9's, doesn't matter? Top Posters In This Topic. Would this change require action or intonation adjustments as well? So, with the model and all that considered, should I use 9s or 10s? So I'm not an advanced player, but I've been playing quite a lot recently, and I am just amazed at the difference going from 9s to 10s on my Strat has made. Will these be ok for the tremolo bridge? So, I'm a bit torn and confused. Both took getting used to and both made better tone. By the time I had it adjusted, the extra height mostly negated to lighter strings, so the 10s and 9s felt about the same to me - 9s still being easier to play, but not by much. So use whatever works for you. For all of my life i only had a strat on 09s. PaulSter 5 posts. The feel is so much nicer to me, and the tone is so much thicker, it honestly feels like a new guitar. I promise I would buy a heck of a lot of boxes of those 10.5 sets. I started off using 10s for everything I play, whether it be Gibson, Fender, etc. John Vasco I'm with the band. I'm hoping to gain some speed and agility. On my Trower which is tuned to D I use 11-48 On my Yngwie, I experiment. Cheers, Do21or12Die Burningleaves 10 posts. It's just not fair. Drop D Both Scales – Skinny Top / Heavy Bottom (10-52) Maintains slinkiness on the high strings, and beefs up the feel on the lower strings, especially when dropped. Then i bought a Les Paul that had 10s and i found it extremely easier to play. 11s help in that regard, and they also force me to play with a stronger pick attack, which improves my dynamics and phrasing. He then passed me his Strat, which wears 9s, while mine has 10s. Popular Days. Joined Oct 24, 2013 Messages 2,340 Reaction score 1,715. FWIW I swap back and forth between 9s and 10s several times a year. It has 10's on it and they seem a bit tight on the nut. I only have 10s right now and i dont feel like going to guitar center, and I want to try a warmer sound. What all do I need to know? Fri, Jun 15, 2012 2:20pm. Because they're thicker, they don't break so often. But I can't afford them in packs of 1 or 3. Aug 10. 10.5 would probably be best for me, but D'addario does not offer and may never offer those Luthier Bulk Packs (in 10.5) which they offer in 9s, 10s and 11s. After seeing that Rick Beato video on string gauge, I got curious and tried the new Ernie Ball 9.5 gauge strings on my Les Paul and I have to say, I REALLY am enjoying them. I use 10-46 on 2 of my strats and 10-52 on one of my strats. previous post, I want 9s to nail that cheap sound, which for me is the classic strat tone. I still have a humbucker guitar with 9s on it. I mostly play a lot of 80s Funk/AOR/R&B stuff (lots of cutting/chord playing), would there be a big difference in playability and sound if I moved from NYXL 9s to 10s? Preferable for getting a heavier, more Strat-like tension on a Gibson Scale instrument. The guitar feels like a toy with them on. After toying with it, and while I'm by no means a good guitarist yet, my fingers just glided and I could play all the songs I struggled with, easily. My problem is I tend to "stress ball" squeeze chords, especially live, and I was squeezing chords out of tune as a result. The past ones were ones that I borrowed off my brother. One is that sort of chronically in electric guitar string sets, there’s a much lighter gauge B-string than there ought to be. Aug 9. Is that accurate or just my imagination? I personally prefer 10s, but that's most likely because that's what I started with. I’m not sure how going up a gauge will help tuning stability but maybe I just don’t know very much! Hi. Been playing on 9s on my strat and I'm curious about 10s but don't want to do another setup for the new tension. 9s or 10s/rhythm and lead Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by TomG, Jan 6, 2007. I recently got an Affinity strat. I haven't had a strat in a long time and I was wondering if 9's are more appropriate. 48. I had to raise the string height to avoid fret buzz (smaller string needs to be looser and vibrate more to make the same tone). The tone is much improved with 10s as well. Question is, what should I expect to change from a setup standpoint? I've been using 10s on Strats and LPs forever, but I'm thinking about just throwing some 9s on everything. It's easier than trying to explain how 9s sound in your guitar. If my heavy-handed hacker style, using 9s is the equivalent of me boxing a 9 year old. chris_john Frets: 24 . On my E Flat Hendrix Strat I use 10-46. Page 3 of 3 < Prev 1 2 3. I honestly think it varies from people to people. I did exactly this on two Strats recently. Uncle Jimmy, May 1, 2014 #2. I still think that I prefer 9s because I feel that I have more control on first position bends. However, if you were going all Stevie Ray and bumping up to 13's…. Jun 21, 2016 #6 Going from 10-s … I'm imagining the 10s would be darker than 9s (not what I'm after). Also, even though I said I've had a few guitars, I'm still new to guitar. I have never done this myself. 9s are what works for me. Be foolhardy. 10. Sometimes it’s subtle and sometimes it’s a lot. jjudas, Jun 5, 2017. jjudas, Jun 5, 2017 #2. For about 15 years I was strictly a 10s on my Les Paul and similar guitars, and 9's on my Strat (all E standard). July 2018. Jkater 9 posts. Never had a nut problem. PRS guitars play so incredibly well that 9s can be almost too slinky at times. So the small dif in tone is much more noticable. Fun for extravagant bends and grandiose vibrato tho. Get yerself a set of these and riff into infinity!!! Joined Dec 18, 2009 Messages 5,987 Reaction score 10,150. Quote; Link to post Share on other sites. Well, for me, cf. Joined: Jun 8, 2009 Location: Area 51. July 2019. I cant even play 9s anymore. ermghoti II 5 posts. I like 10s on a strat tuned to Eb, 9.5s if it's tuned to E. The 10s are higher tension to achieve the same pitch. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. 9. My guitar teacher suggest I moved down to 8s on my strat. Jun 21, 2016 #5 Try it and see. Fri, Jun 15, 2012 2:00pm. 5. 10s are perfect. paco1976 Senior Member. My hardtail Strats will probably always use 11s but I do think a Strat benefits from a thinner string than does a Tele. I switched to 9s because I was suffering from some kind of repetitive strain injury in my wrists. 11. As far as the setup goes, I'd try without first. I can't get around the fret board with the ease of people like Neal Schon, and I'm pretty sure that dude uses 9s. 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