OMG U PLYA ON 13'S HAHAHAHA! U R A (non-sensical string of expletives deleted)!!!11! U HAV NO TOEN!
that's what I hear when people go on and on about this whole string gauge thing. do 8's sound different than 11's? yes....maybe.. sometimes.
when someone can sit down and listen to a recording and say with honesty that they can hear what gauge of strings someone is using, and they are scientifically proven to be accurate in their assessment REPEATEDLY, then MAYBE i'll subscribe at least in part, possibly, somewhat, that you cant get the tone you want regardless of what string size you use. IME on the rare occasion that going from 9's to 10's or 11's to 10's affects my "tone" it does so just as long as it takes me to reach down and twist my tone knob less than 1 degree. in fact, I'm pretty convinced that which direction my wife's cat is facing when its taking a dump affects my tone more than changing one string gauge this way or the other.
its all about feel. if you prefer a stiffer feeling guitar, use heavy strings. if you like a slinkier feel, use lighter ones. if you detune significantly from standard, go heavier. if you use alternate tunings then mix your gauge.
IF YOU WANT.
if you want to tune down to H quadruple flat and chug along with .006 gauge strings made of spider webs and Jesus tears.. don't let anyone stop you.
adjust your playing and your amp for tone. thats what those little knobby things are there for man. they don't bite.. and by all means EXPERIMENT. try different gauges. live a little... but ffs if some turdbasket tells you that you cant get good tone because you play XX gauge(or brand or color or shape etc) of strings then just politely smile and nod, and understand that they have no clue what they are talking about, and realize that its kind of like someone telling you that blue guitars sound better than red guitars because blue makes the tone particles swirl better.
as for me I ONLY use 10's because 8's are for WUSSIES!