I went through a lot of super slinkys in the late 70s. That was on a fantastic Gibson hollow body.Welcome to the forum!
Most SEs come with 9s, and most cores (Maryland built) come with 10s.
If you go bigger than 9s on the SEs, you may have to also file the nut or get a new one.
As far as gigging, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top plays 7s and gets excellent tone.
I have 9s on all of my guitars SEs and one core, as I tried 10s more than 30 years ago and did not care for them.
I use Ernie Ball Cobalt Super Slinkys which are 9-42, and that is what works best for me.
Big ol’ yeah baby for blues. I decided to concentrate on blues while relearning electric after a couple of decades of nothing but bass. The blues and my SE Custom 24 were perfect for my journey back home.I don't have a lot of experience gigging, but I used 9.5's on one SE that I sold, but I loved the feel and sound. Now I use 10's on all 3, SE, S2, and Paul's and they just feel completely comfortable. That's what I'll stick with. And, btw, I don't drop tune. And I like the blues.
When I used Super Slinkys harmonics were much easier and clearer than now with the larger stringsRelated to this, I always marveled at Rev. Billy's pinched harmonics and wrote it off to unique technique. (How prominent they are.) Well, I'm sure he has great technique but I read this about his string gauge preference back years ago and realized .... duh! The reduced mass of those strings against a big finger is likely what is a big contributor to his artificial harmonic effect. Mystery solved!
I can just imagine if SRV would have grabbed a Billy Gibbons guitar with these on them and just started unknowingly playing. His first bend would have probably looked like drawing back the string on a hunting bow.I gig almost every weekend, and I use Billy Gibbon's signature strings, which are .007 gauge. It's amazing, I can play for countless hours without any fatigue. Such a light gauge requires some adaptation, however... not for the faint-hearted!
There is a You Tube video that Rich Beato did a while back ...Over the years, I'd always been advised that anything less than 10 ga strings were useless as far as tone and staying in tune were concerned and that no one used 9s for any serious playing, certainly never for professional playing. So I always used 10s or 11s for my (not so diligent) attempts to play Les Paul or Strat type instruments.
The only problem with skinny gauge strings are that if you are calloused and used to heaver strings ... you may have trouble feeling these ...I gig almost every weekend, and I use Billy Gibbon's signature strings, which are .007 gauge. It's amazing, I can play for countless hours without any fatigue. Such a light gauge requires some adaptation, however... not for the faint-hearted!
There is a You Tube video that Rich Beato did a while back ...
Check this out
but 11s make me smile.
Seven years to reply! How patient do you have to be here?
It’s the thought that counts.Hey, relationships weren’t built in a day.
But ... What has been your own experience ?Very one dimensional. They note several times how SRV used the heaviest strings he could manage. SRV being a player known for his cleaner Strat single coil tones - and then proceed to merely compare dirty overdriven humbucker ala Angus Young-ish tones. Apparently any impact on clean tones are irrelevant to these guys.