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  • #16
    12s on all the acoustics; J16 D'Addario J16 Phosphor Bronze on the wooden bodies and Elixir Nanoweb 80/20 on the Rainsong. 11s on the electrics; D'Addario Pure Nickel sets. I have been using these same gauges for years and like stated earlier, you get used to bending etc.. Heavier gauge strings are totally worth using for those great ringing tones, especially on a semi acoustic electric like the Gibson ES335.

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    • #17
      13/56 on my Dobro (which has a somewhat short scale)

      12/52 on my Dot (335-type)

      it's about the sound, really

      I set the action very low and don't bend much.
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      • #18
        11s or 10s on acoustic (Martin or Elixir), 10s or 9s on electric (D'addarrio).



        I will typically jump between both, so I like the consistency of string gauges that are close.

        With compression and EQ, I've never had an issue getting a good tone. Thicker strings make that easier, but my fingers cry when I play a guitar with 13s.
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        • #19
          13s



          electric 10



          12 string as heavy as possible, can't remember which gauge....

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          • #20
            GHS Groundwound Light top/heavy bottoms 10 to 52. Sometimes I swap the .010 for a .011. And 11's in flatwound.

            No true acoustic's--just a Lace Acela acoustic/electric. 'lectric's are Univox Coily, a Univox Hi-Flyer, and a Synapse. All tuned 1/2 step low.

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            • #21
              Martin 80/20's .013-.056



              Anything lighter just doesn't feel right to me.
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              • #22
                Yeah I have to go back to 12's. It was a good run
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                • #23
                  Tried a .013 - .056 set once and by the end of the gig, my fretting hand was in AGONY...funny how such a slight increase can make such a big difference!



                  .012 - .053 (or, occasionally, .054, depending on what brand I'm using) ever since!
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                  • #24
                    13's on acoustic

                    10's on electric for as long as I can remember
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                    • #25
                      I play nylon string guitars, even those hurt the fingers after 3 solid hours of playing back to back songs.

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                      • #26
                        I use my own gauge recipe of 12, 15, 19, 30, 38 (or 39) and 49 on my electrics. The same or even lighter on my acoustic. Way back when I was playing six nights a week I used 11's or 10's on my two Strats. Had to change strings on both guitars every three days because of wear and impending breakage, but I could justify the expense. Nowadays, switching to 12's means I reaely break strings, they sound a little fuller, and last much longer before the break point - YMMV.



                        I don't like to struggle on my electrics or my acoustics, so fairly low action is a must for me.

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                        • #27
                          On electric, I find the big issue is wound third or plain third. Plain third is easier to bend; wound third sounds (a lot) better. My current set has a wound third. Sometimes people lend me guitars with light strings. I get my string-bending fix then.
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                          • #28
                            Yep, only use 13s here! And 11/12s for electric. I got big strong hands and shatter through strings if I dont use big ones
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                            • #29
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