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  • Y'know what? 9-46 *is* the perfect gauge for lead guitar in E standard --

    There, I said it.

    I've been messin' around with bigger strings off and on for a while now, but I keep coming back to these. You get the thicker, more substantial feel of 10s on the bass side, and the incredibly easy playability of 9s on the treble side.

    And I don't care whatcha say, there's no appreciable difference in tone on the treble side between 9-11-16s and 10-13-17s. I've gone back & forth enough to know. It's really a difference of feel.

    So there, hcaf!
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  • #2
    I use and like this gauge, and play lead guitar in E standard quite often.

    So, I'd be obliged to agree with you there.
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    • #3
      Dammit. dont make me try new string gauges!!
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      • #4
        Depends on the scale length and your playing style. What guitar are you rocking with that string set?

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        • #5
          Depends on the scale length and your playing style. What guitar are you rocking with that string set?


          This.

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          • #6
            I use a 10-52 set on my Hamers and that has been the perfect set for me. Also in E Standard. I wouldn't mind trying the 9-46 but I think it'd be a little too light on the top strings.
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            • #7
              There, I said it.

              I've been messin' around with bigger strings off and on for a while now, but I keep coming back to these. You get the thicker, more substantial feel of 10s on the bass side, and the incredibly easy playability of 9s on the treble side.

              And I don't care whatcha say, there's no appreciable difference in tone on the treble side between 9-11-16s and 10-13-17s. I've gone back & forth enough to know. It's really a difference of feel.

              So there, hcaf!
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              • #8
                I like my 10-48 on my tele and strats. I played 11's on my esp. I didn't realize how much difference the 11's played on my strat. Had to go to 10's.
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                • #9
                  There, I said it.

                  I've been messin' around with bigger strings off and on for a while now, but I keep coming back to these. You get the thicker, more substantial feel of 10s on the bass side, and the incredibly easy playability of 9s on the treble side.

                  And I don't care whatcha say, there's no appreciable difference in tone on the treble side between 9-11-16s and 10-13-17s. I've gone back & forth enough to know. It's really a difference of feel.

                  So there, hcaf!



                  +1

                  I've stuck with that gauge for yeeeears now.


                  BTW, does anyone under 35 still tune to a standard "E" tuning....or is it reserved for us dinosours?
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                  • #10
                    I like my 10-48 on my tele and strats. I played 11's on my esp. I didn't realize how much difference the 11's played on my strat. Had to go to 10's.


                    This for me. On Gibby's and Gretsch's I use 11's and on Fender's I use 10's. The Gibson/Gretsch shorter scale makes 10's feel like rubber bands as I'm so used to 10's on tele's/strat's.

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                    • #11
                      BTW, does anyone under 35 still tune to a standard "E" tuning....or is it reserved for us dinosours?


                      I'd be considered young by most on here. 99.9% of what I play is in E standard. No tuning to drop z for me. I've also been using 10s for a long time, I may try out some 9-46s.
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                      • #12
                        I play most my music in E standard. I drop d on occasions, and I have a guitar set up Drop d - E flat tuned. Of course I am not a brootz player either.
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                        • #13
                          I prefer 10s myself.

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                          • #14
                            Since the question came up, my main axe is a Hamer Mirage Koa, 25.5" scale; second guit is a Hamer Studio, 24.75" scale. I use the same gauges on both -- I just don't feel that much difference between scale lengths -- but I use nickel plated on the Studio and pure nickel on the Mirage.

                            I've tried 10-46, 10-50, and 10-52s over the years. With regular 10s, there's not enough difference in feel between the treble & bass strings, and with the others, the sound good, but (for me) there's such a huge difference in feel when soloing -- the 9-46s sound just as good but are SO much easier to finesse ...
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                            • #15
                              I think I will keep throwing bends out of tune and stuff with 9-46 because.... see... finesse is not one of my qualities as a player ( or as a boyfriend but that's a different thread altogether)
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