I will post a NGD thread with pics later tonight when I get home. I'm hoping to gain some speed and agility. On my E Flat Hendrix Strat I use 10-46. She's a Sep 19, 2016 #74 Y'all got it wrong. 25. July 2018. I figure the truss rod will need adjustment due to lower string tension. One is that sort of chronically in electric guitar string sets, there’s a much lighter gauge B-string than there ought to be. As far as the setup goes, I'd try without first. Kenneth Mountain, Pat V., 5ofeight and 1 other person like this. As I've aged, my grip strength and endurance has decreased. Not only it was more comfortable, but my fingers didnt hurt after some hours of playing. I needed a little more tension and resistance while I was playing. 9. I went from 9s to 10s on all my Strats now. The Hoff wrote:11s for me. I did exactly this on two Strats recently. Joined: Jun 8, 2009 Location: Area 51. I thought it would change my tone but it doesn't enough for anyone to be like "hey those are 9s!". Fri, Jun 15, 2012 2:20pm. We use a 13.5 and on a set of 9s it’s an 11 when I think it really should be a 12. Popular Days. Be brave. John Vasco I'm with the band. If there isn't a fret buzz, and the intonation is good, then you're good. fek Active member. If you're interested in 9s, I think the easiest thing to do is to buy a set, put them on, and see if you like them. Been playing on 9s on my strat and I'm curious about 10s but don't want to do another setup for the new tension. The tone is much improved with 10s as well. On a set of 10s, it’s a 13 that you typically see. Currently use 11s on most of my strats, 10s on one strat and tele. For all of my life i only had a strat on 09s. Cheers, Do21or12Die 5. Fun for extravagant bends and grandiose vibrato tho. I want to put 10s on it. FWIW I swap back and forth between 9s and 10s several times a year. I am considering a change in string gauge from 10s to 9s on my Mexican Strat. 9-42 on Fenders, 10-46 on Gibsons, 12-53 on my Gibson acoustic. I use 10-46 on 2 of my strats and 10-52 on one of my strats. Aug 10. Changed my strat from 09s to 10's and my strat was now much easier to play. I like 10s on most guitars but I don’t have a problem with 9s. Fri, Jun 15, 2012 2:00pm. I think probably 10s because I tend to hit strings really hard and break them with my past guitars. I'm imagining the 10s would be darker than 9s (not what I'm after). In standard tuning, of my 4 PRS guitars, two now have 9s, one the factory 10s, but the 4th one I just restrung with PRS 9.5s and I believe that is what at least 3 of the 4 will use in the future. I still have a humbucker guitar with 9s on it. I'm not even going to mention how easier the bends were. I just picked up a strat copy and put 10s on it without thinking. So I'm not an advanced player, but I've been playing quite a lot recently, and I am just amazed at the difference going from 9s to 10s on my Strat has made. I use 10, 11, 14, 26, 36, 48 sort of a Blackmore set Re: 9s vs 10s. Also, even though I said I've had a few guitars, I'm still new to guitar. Then i bought a Les Paul that had 10s and i found it extremely easier to play. I have never done this myself. Technically - it would always be better to have a good tech cut the nut to the … Be foolhardy. Would this change require action or intonation adjustments as well? I can't get around the fret board with the ease of people like Neal Schon, and I'm pretty sure that dude uses 9s. I only have 10s right now and i dont feel like going to guitar center, and I want to try a warmer sound. In what order should I tweek things after I put on the new set of strings? Drop D Both Scales – Skinny Top / Heavy Bottom (10-52) Maintains slinkiness on the high strings, and beefs up the feel on the lower strings, especially when dropped. Clapton plays 10s and may as well count as a paradigm for classic strat tone. Well, for me, cf. My guitar teacher suggest I moved down to 8s on my strat. The 9s sound a little bit different and I had to learn to play a bit softer to avoid excessive buzz. paco1976 Senior Member. 10. 4. 11s help in that regard, and they also force me to play with a stronger pick attack, which improves my dynamics and phrasing. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. Will these be ok for the tremolo bridge? I play clean - well, amp breakup - with an OD pedal some. Aug 8. So, I'm a bit torn and confused. I use 11s, so I don't like it enough to actually use 9s, but when I switched to 9s on my Strat a few years ago, I thought it was a sonic improvement. I've played 9s since I first started. I recently got an Affinity strat. I honestly think it varies from people to people. So, with the model and all that considered, should I use 9s or 10s? V.I.P. I put 9s on my Tele recently. Get yerself a set of these and riff into infinity!!! Burningleaves 10 posts. 11. It has 10's on it and they seem a bit tight on the nut. 9s or 10s/rhythm and lead Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by TomG, Jan 6, 2007. PRS guitars play so incredibly well that 9s can be almost too slinky at times. 5. Aug 9. Re: 9s vs 10s. Never had a nut problem. Jun 21, 2016 #5 Try it and see. But I can't afford them in packs of 1 or 3. Joined Dec 18, 2009 Messages 5,987 Reaction score 10,150. Re: String gauge for Strats We don't need no stinkin' decimals Hmmm so .009's are prone to breakage? July 2019. I haven't had a strat in a long time and I was wondering if 9's are more appropriate. Joined: Oct 13, 2011 Location: Somerset UK. chris_john Frets: 24 . This means that they intonate better (your fingers don't mash them out of tune so easily). It also means that they're harder to bend. I've been using 10s on Strats and LPs forever, but I'm thinking about just throwing some 9s on everything. Both took getting used to and both made better tone. Jkater 9 posts. I switched from 10s to 9s a few years ago after having played 10s on Strats for about 15 years. Back to the original post - I like 9s on a strat but use 10s because I use it for slide. Messages: 7,625. If you've been used to playing with 10s, 9s will play sharp out of tune. LPMarshall Hack Senior Member. ToneRanger Most Honored Senior Member. ermghoti II 5 posts. Replies 88; Created 12 yr; Last Reply 12 yr; Top Posters In This Topic. My problem is I tend to "stress ball" squeeze chords, especially live, and I was squeezing chords out of tune as a result. 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