Well I went to 9s...Arthritis got the best of me...lol

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  1. Russ73

    Russ73 New Member

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    I finally succumbed to putting 9s on my PRSi, started with the Mira and it really made a difference in my finger and wrist pain so IM gonna do it on my 2 Standard 22s in the next week...Started with 10s, went down to 9.5s, was a good compromise...now IM settling at 9s...to new playginnings!
     
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    Tucson Thump Mint Heavy Relic

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    Anything to keep playing. Strings are made down to 7s so keep hanging in there as long as you can.
     
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    Lacire New Member

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    Nothing wrong with Billy Gibbons playing on 7-38.
     
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    GADonis New Member

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    I have a friend who has issues with his left hand thumb. He's gone down to 8's and it has really helped alleviate his thumb problems. Part of it I think is that it has forced him to use a lighter touch so his left hand is in a more relaxed condition while playing.
     
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    "Playginnings"! I like that. About a year ago when I started working bending, at the suggestion of someone, I went to 9's. This was to make it easier until I built up strength in the digits. I started with my Paul's and used it when practicing the bends. I then put them on my HB and my Strat. I'm not convinced I have given up that much tone. It's going to be a while b4 I go back to thicker ones.
     
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    I'm using 8-38s - they're much slinkier / easier to bend than 9-42s if you decide the 9s are too much.
     
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    I've been using 9-42 Super Slinkys from day 1; getting quality tone hasn't been a problem.
     
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    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    I've got no problem with going lighter, but I do hear a small difference. I'm still at home on 10's but I've considered putting 9's on one just to see if I can get used to it.
     
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    Nightfall Guitaraholic

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    I would always choose to drop a string gauge instead of not playing. Glad your hands are doing better.
     
  10. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    Whatever it takes to keep playing. Changing brands can also affect tone and string tension.
     
  11. Victek

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    Even when I was a youngster I preferred 9s because I was practicing a lot and playing in a band; they made playing easier and less tiring. Yes, you can hear the difference, but you can compensate with amp settings ;)
     
  12. Russ73

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    Well I put the 9s on my S2 Standard 22, oddly enough the intonation was very close if not dead on so I left everything just had to raise action a tad, BUT the back of the trem is now sitting on the body but not tightly, when I bend the trem moves up...I kinda like it can I keep it this was or do I need to remove a spring and adjust the claws...I know the trem is designed to float but this is great for drop D and such...
     
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    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    Just adjust the claw. Shouldn't take too many turns. You shouldn't have to remove a spring.
     
  14. alphasports

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    I have 9's on all mine, no arthritis issues, just like em that way
     
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    I've been using 10-46 for the last 4 years... my new SE has 9-42 and it feels like i'm playing rubber bands lol however, I am starting to prefer them!
     
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    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    I started on 9s and played them for years. Changed to 10s about a decade ago, but I am beginning to think like you are! I tried some 9.5s a while back and they worked fine. I still have a stock of 9s from way back... need to see if they still in usable shape after all these years. When my fingers won't do the 10s, I'll be joining you!
     

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