String Gauge - Let's Talk!

Revelation

New Member
Joined
Aug 14, 2019
Messages
121
2) On my Teles I use the lightest gauge I use. They are 9-46 Hybrid set. On Everything else I use the 10-48 or 11-50.

3) I have been with DR for a very long time. I have since tried some other strings and like the Ernie Ball 10-48 and 9-46. Their Hetfield set (11-50) is nice as well but I haven't tried them extensively. I am also testing out the 10.5-48 set as well.

4) I am usually in standard tuning. If I drop to a lower tuning it is balanced across all strings and I only go a half step or whole step at the most.
I'm surprised you use light gauge strings on Tele. They are bright guitars and the back pickup can be ice picky. For that reason I use 10's and the thicker blue turtle picks. Both help in adding some meat to the Tele sound and reduce the ice pick

I use 10's on all my guitars with DR strings. Ernie Ball and DAddario are fine but I think DR quality is a little better
 

Tony M.

New Member
Joined
Sep 17, 2019
Messages
1,577
Location
North Carolina
10-46 D'Addario on everything except the EBMM Y2D.

The Y2D gets 10-13-16-26-32-42 because it's "different".
 
  • Like
Reactions: CVS

Bogner

Redwood Original
Joined
Jun 20, 2016
Messages
460
I'm surprised you use light gauge strings on Tele. They are bright guitars and the back pickup can be ice picky. For that reason I use 10's and the thicker blue turtle picks. Both help in adding some meat to the Tele sound and reduce the ice pick

I use 10's on all my guitars with DR strings. Ernie Ball and DAddario are fine but I think DR quality is a little better
For some reason I like the way that gauge feels on a Tele. Naturally my hands are on the darker side of things and I tend to need more mids and high end than the average person by a tad and I typically gravitate towards darker tones as a whole so it barely works for me. :p

The other thing may be I lucked out on the Tele's I have and they have pickups that aid me a bit. One is a Suhr with a neck hum bucker and the other is an old 60's Fender that is the traditional pickup configuration.
 

d4rkst4r

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Joined
Jul 26, 2020
Messages
290
Location
Beyond the sun?
D'Addario NYXL's, 10 - 46.

They hold tuning like a beast for me on any of the models, especially from getting whammy'd into oblivion. Tuning varies from guitar to guitar from standard to drop D, but drop C (10‐52) on Holcomb.
 

DreamTheaterRules

Recovering jokester
Joined
Nov 20, 2013
Messages
11,033
Location
Cincinnati area
I can't handle 6 strings, let alone 7 or 8. :)
Silly guitar players! You don't have to play them all. Two note barre chords are all you need! :D

Ok, serious note: One by one, I've moved all my PRS guitars to the standard PRS strings 9.5s. They feel and bend the best. I'll probably do the same with my EBMM guitars, but with EB strings. And, eventually, I want to try the new ones from both.
 

Silvertree

I love the smell of a PRS case in the morning.
Joined
Apr 26, 2012
Messages
314
I settled on 46/36/26/14/11/8 a while ago. My first teacher suggested it a long time ago. At first I did because I wanted to be like him but I tried other string gauges and I really like the thicker low mixed with the super bendy high. Gilmour bends? All day long and no torn up fingers.
 

Bogner

Redwood Original
Joined
Jun 20, 2016
Messages
460
I settled on 46/36/26/14/11/8 a while ago. My first teacher suggested it a long time ago. At first I did because I wanted to be like him but I tried other string gauges and I really like the thicker low mixed with the super bendy high. Gilmour bends? All day long and no torn up fingers.
I was kind of heading in that direction with my Hybrids on the Tele's. It does have a nice feel doesn't it? :)
 

dmatthews

Dave's not here...
Joined
Apr 26, 2012
Messages
10,588
Location
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Nice! I hear good things about those strings yet have not tied them. What made you switch gauges?
A million years ago I was a 9 - 42 guy. When I got into PRS I decided to go with what they shipped with, usually 10 - 46.
A couple of years ago I switched back to 9 - 42 for the easier playability and I think I'll stick with it.
 

Bogner

Redwood Original
Joined
Jun 20, 2016
Messages
460
A million years ago I was a 9 - 42 guy. When I got into PRS I decided to go with what they shipped with, usually 10 - 46.
A couple of years ago I switched back to 9 - 42 for the easier playability and I think I'll stick with it.
Makes sense. I have found it interesting how lighter strings in many cases sound better on recordings. The attack, response, whatever other adjective I was thinking I would be getting with heavier strings I am actually getting with lighter strings.
 

xxxadixxx

New Member
Joined
Feb 13, 2022
Messages
92
DC 594: E-Standard = Ernie Ball Regular Slinky (10 - 46)
SC 594: D-Standard = Ernie Ball Burly Slinky (11 - 52)
Tremonti: Drop C = Ernie Ball Burly Slinky (11 - 52)

When I first started playing guitar in the 90's, I was enamored with GHS Boomers and Blue Steel strings. I do not recall what made me try the Regular Slinky's, but I never went back after giving them a shot. Even when I was playing an Ibanez Universe 7-string, I used the the Regular Slinky (10-56).
 

sergiodeblanc

Don’t you ever cry again for the rest of your life
Joined
Apr 26, 2012
Messages
24,330
10’s, and whatever I can order off Amazon. Lately it’s D’adarrio (spelling).

I don’t do different tunings, I’m kinda a 440 Nazi (except for Slayer and Van Halen half step down) so… I’m boring.
 
Top