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gnease
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So, most of you guys use 10's or higher. Interesting. I might have to gve 'em a try.

Puts more fight into the guitar (some of us like that), and tightens up the tone a bit - more obvious when playing clean and chimey.

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gadlaw
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Strings larger than 10's on a long scale guitar, like a Strat or a Tele are going to be pretty high tension. Make sure your fingers are up to the strain or you really could hurt yourself.
I wouldn't recommend them if you're in the process of learning bends or you'll have a lot of trouble bending up to the note you're trying to hit with any reliability.

To me the strings don't seem to have very high tension to my inexperienced eyes and fingers with the 9's. Actually, when I first picked up an electric it seemed to me that the strings were loose as compared to an acoustic. I took my strat home with the Bullet 9's on it and felt that the strings seemed loose and thin if that makes any sense. I waited a couple of days before taking it back and asking for the restring to 10's. I refrained from asking what was probably a stupid question about whether the strings were too loose after watching it restrung and retuend being tuned. Many times it sucks being a beginner. :shock:

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dsparling
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So, most of you guys use 10's or higher. Interesting. I might have to gve 'em a try.

For the most part (there are exceptions) I use 9s on Strats and 10s on Les Pauls...GHS Boomers.

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PVTele
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I use d'Addario 9's (EXL120 nickel wound) on both Strat & Tele. Curiously, I can't live without 9's, and I play a lot of jazz and fusion, where so many people seem to favour heavy strings. (My favourite guitarists in that area are John Scofield, Terje Rypdal and Pat Metheney, so that'll let you know where I'm coming from.)

I guess the two things I like are the clean, bright sound you get with 9's, and the liquid, flexible feel. You do have to be a bit careful with your chording though - a heavy left hand and your tuning goes right down the drain :(


   
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art&lutherie
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I consistantly break 9's so I use 10's :oops: :oops:

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Metaellihead
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I've never broken a string, ever.

Anyway, I use D'Addario XL 10's on my MIM Strat. I've got the bridge and middle pickups sticking out 1/8th of an inch from the guard and the middle is flush.

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dsparling
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I consistantly break 9's so I use 10's :oops: :oops:

Back in the day when I was playing 5-6 nights a week, I'd change my strings before every gig, and I'd change the high E (the .009) during each break. I had one guitar, which was a Strat with a Kahler, so I couldn't chance string breakage. Now I change strings about once every six months :) Now that I think of it, I don't think I've changed the strings on my current Strat for a couple years...

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Ernie Ball Regular Slinkys, been good so far.


   
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Dan T.
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D'Addario 9's on my strat.

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Flashback
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Ernie Ball .10's

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dogbite
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Ernie Ball Super Slinkey 10-46
I goota have nickel on my electric strings.

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tinsmith
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I use 10's


   
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Mr. Mervyn
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I use DR 12`s but i`ve been thinking of trying out 8`s once i need a new set. i`ll probably go back to the dr`s tho, but the fender flatwounds are pretty cool too... or so i think.

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Johnin510
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I usually use D'Adarrio 9s....but I am trying these EB slinky 8s........Took a minute to get used to bending the high E but I like how touchy feeley the strings are. You can fly with the lighter gauge.


   
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afterblast
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at the moment I have D adarrio 9s on my squier however for a while I used flatwound jazz strings, (probably the wierdest things I've ever played.)

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