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Old 01-24-2013, 01:20 AM   #1
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electric string gauge 10's or 11's?

so ive been playing with 11's on my agile 3100 for awhile and im about to spend about 65 to get it set up( it really needs it) i know 11's are supposed to give you a better tone but is it really that big of a diferance. the main reason im thinking about using 10's is becuase i have tendon problems. would it help?
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:28 AM   #2
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Get .012s. Moar beef!

Less tension is less tension, is that desirable to you andf your tendonitus?
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:43 AM   #3
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i don't think they make much of a difference. it may make a difference, but i think just about everything would make a difference. body/neck woods, pickups, pickup height, different cables, amps, speaker cables, speakers, cab, and pedals out front or in loop, etc.

i would never put something so trivial involving health. its not worth it to risk further damage over a string gauge.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:45 AM   #4
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:58 AM   #5
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There's nothing wrong with smaller strings. I have 10's on my PRS and Gibson, but put 9's on my SE One and it's by far easier to play than the other two. There's certainly no harm in trying a different gauge to see if you like it.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:18 AM   #6
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I like a .10 for just about anything, the difference is minute but a .9 or .11 feels wrong to me. Not to say it will for you.
You're safe with either I'd say.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:54 AM   #7
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I've tried playing 11's, I always end up hurting myself because I bend so much. Never really done 9's, but I don't really plan to, I'm just so used to 10's. I don't think theres really much of a sound difference, its more in the feel.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:59 AM   #8
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:01 AM   #9
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Maybe you could try a hybrid gauge like Ernie Ball's skinny top heavy bottoms (10-46) or D'Addario's light top/heavy bottom (10-52). That would work for me since I hardly ever bend my E and A strings. If your tendon problems are really serious I'd say go for 9's, most people can't tell anyway.

Edit: Just looked up for your guitar specs, you have a 24.7" scale length so I'd go for 10's, 9's on a scale length below 25 just feel wrong to me.

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Old 01-24-2013, 03:32 AM   #10
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Go with the .10s. Versatile and easy to play...don't mind the douches recommending .12+
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:37 AM   #11
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15s mother****er!


no seriously
10s would be fine if you got the itis i personally like heavier strings myself but if i ever had to lower gauge for my health i woudl do it in a heart beat
besides no one but you is going to notice the thinner strings
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Maybe you could try a hybrid gauge like Ernie Ball's skinny top heavy bottoms (10-46) or D'Addario's light top/heavy bottom (10-52).


Actually, Ernie Ball's Skinny Top Heavy Bottoms are 10-52, just as D'Addario's.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:58 AM   #13
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Play the goddamn 15s, you ****ing weaklings! You may also try to tune up your guitar.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:42 AM   #14
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Give a Hybrid set a go. I love the things on my electric- makes it much easier for solos, but you can still get some beef
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:25 AM   #15
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10s or 11s, I recently put 12s on a FR guitar and there was not enough pull with 5 springs to make it work and it was too much for the neck. Went back to 10s on that and it plays perfect.

9s are way too small, use those on the kids guitars.

I borrowed a friends BC rich Halloween 2000 dont have any idea what was on it, but they hurt at c#

I will try 12s again just not on FR set up
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