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Old 10-29-2012, 02:12 PM   #21
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I normally use 10-46 or 11-49, but yesterday I installed a Dunlop 7-38 set just for lulz. Well, it's kinda fun

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Old 10-29-2012, 02:33 PM   #22
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How many of you out there use 8's? (8-38)
I've heard its a bit easier to fret. I'm going to try them on my Strat (Roadhouse Deluxe).
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I don't like light strings. I normally use "electric regulars", (.010 to .047).

I have used "electric light", (.009 to .042), and don't like them a bit.

For rhythm work and clean settings, (IMO) light strings sound thin, and hamper one's ability to manage to dynamics of strumming.
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:47 PM   #23
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I actually like the sound and the feel of lighter gauge strings for lead work - seems a bit more slick, somehow. I'd happily use 8-38 gauge if i was just going to be soloing all the time.

Really the difference between the sound of a certain gauge of strings isn't enough to justify using a particular gauge for a particular tone though. pick the gauge that you are most comfortable playing.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:14 PM   #24
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I actually like the sound and the feel of lighter gauge strings for lead work - seems a bit more slick, somehow. I'd happily use 8-38 gauge if i was just going to be soloing all the time.

Really the difference between the sound of a certain gauge of strings isn't enough to justify using a particular gauge for a particular tone though. pick the gauge that you are most comfortable playing.
My first guitar teacher said that he kept one guitar strung with .009s (0r .008, I forget), for when he, "felt like bending some strings". His other axe was strung with regulars.

I you have only one guitar, that approach is pretty much moot.

I you have more than one axe, it's actually quite sensible..
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:20 PM   #25
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Never tried 8's. I use 9's on my strat and 10's on my mustang.
One of these days i'll try them. But i want to try heavier first
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:30 PM   #26
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Doesn't Malmsteen use .008 high E string (the lower strings are heavier)? And he plays in Eb tuning.

Edit: His string gauge is 08-48 in Eb tuning.
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