#1
whatsup i was curious, is it easier to play shred with lighter strings like 9's or easier with heavier strings such as 11's? whats the ideal gauge for strictly shred? thanks
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#2
I use 9's!

IDK if there easier though, i just use 9's because thats all ive ever really used. Dont really care for the heavier gauges.
#3
lighter is easier to play on due to less finger strength needed. so therefore it will be easier to play on 9's
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#4
heavier gauges like 10/11/12/13 are more for drop tuning to ensure you keep some tension on your neck

if you play E standard only, 9's or 10's enough, 11's and up will put more strain on your neck

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#6
if you're playin in standard then you can't really go wrong with 10-42s
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#8
i use 11's and i'm mostly tuned half step down so it works out fine
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#9
maybe 8's i hear thats what malmsteen plays
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#11
9's are too flimsy on the high e and b strings for me when I alternate picking at speed, go for 10's.

That being said, it's all down to preference.
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