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#1
From what I can tell after a year's experience of playing, and from reading stuff on here, no one seems to use .9's. I honestly haven't found anyone else that uses them. I have .10's on my SG which are great, but my strat's set up gets really screwed up when I put .10's on so I've stuck with .9's. Does anyone else use them/why do the majority of people shy away?
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#2
I exclusively use D'addario .10s now.
However, I used to use .9s and thought they were great for shredding except when I'd do big bends they'd twang and come loose and detuned.
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#3
I've tried .9's them on my sg. i can't really explain why i didn't like it other then the ringing sound (which is probably cause this guitar has never been set up.)
and I'm used to .12's on my LP.
#5
I use 9's on my sg...
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#6
I use a special set of strings for my guitar tuned to NST (C-G-D-A-E-G): .09 for the G to .52 for the C.
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#9
idk .09s are too flimsy for me.
since I play mostly metal I like having thick bottom strings and like .10s for the high e.
#10
Jeez, I use like .12's and .11's. I can't stand the flimsiness of .9's. I wouldn't go any lower than .11's.
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#11
They suck for teh br00talz. Duh.

Once, I had 9s and put my guitar in B standard. Yeah, I felt like I was playing with ****ing pieces of yarn.
#12
They sound soo thin. Plus my fingers overpower them! Then again, angus young still uses them and gets a pretty big sound, so go figure. I find a much smoother tone with higher gauges.
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#13
I use .9's on all my 25.5 scale guitars. Except the top string, I replace those with a .11 because otherwise it snaps in a week or so.
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#14
i use 8's on my squier strat
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#15
this is bugging me. they're .09's. not .9's .9 would indicate .90, which is just... well you get the idea.

Anyway, i use 9's, tried 8's, 10's 11's and 12's. 9's where it is at for me. I play in standard almost exclusively though.
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#16
yeah i love teh feel of 9's on my RG.
i kinda HAD to go 8's on my strat because the intonation was ****. all the strings were too sharp even with the saddles up to their limit. so i had to go 8's. even then they barely made it to perfect intonation. they're not bad. great for slow rhythm playing IMO
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#19
usually people use higher string gauges just to get that fatter tone, to me .09's are just to bright and .10's produce the sound i enjoy, but on the E string i replace the .46 or .49 for a .52 just so that the e sounds fatter, but its just personal preference and what your guitar can actually take.
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#20
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what size is optimal for down-tuning with a FR


any size is good if your going to down tune....i have a guitar with a FR and i drop it to a dropped B using gauges .58, .38, .28, .17, .15, .10.
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#21
Heaps of people use 9s. They come on a lot of guitars and are good for beginners and the shredding crowd.
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#22
i've done dropped Dflat on 9 with my RG. i got a little fret buzz and i didn't get full pull up range on the Edge Pro. so for stuff like dropped C some 10's should work, me thinks
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#23
I use 10-48's and either a 65 or 70 for the Low B string on my 7's.
Lots of people still use 9's though, you'd be surprised. Rusty Cooley uses GHS 9-58's on his 7's in Eb Standard with a low Bb.
#24
I play shorter scaled guitars, I need the heavier strings. My 7 string I have .10s on, I just like to not have sloppy feeling strings.
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#26
I play .10s but my Kelly came set up with .09s. I liked them but i found that the high e had no sustain above the 12th fret. So i changed to .10's which is what i had on my crappy squier.
#27
I used to use 10's for a while and recently switched to 9's and I didn't notice my tone being that thin at all. I guess it depends on the guitar and no I'm not tone deaf.

Anyways the reason why people on UG don't use 9's much cause it seems like so many here down tune and doing that with 9's isn't practical. I use them with 1/2 step down and standard tuning. I like them better actually
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#28
Plenty of people use 9's. Shredders galore. Even Tony Iommi, King of Downtuned SGs used light gauge strings. Can't remember if they were 9's but something like that.

I'm not one though. I find the sound weedy, I like a heftier tone. I typically play a 24.75 inch scale, where 9's feel like rubber bands.

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what size is optimal for down-tuning with a FR


If you want to maintain roughly the same string tension, you'll want to go up a gauge for every whole step you detune. So, if you tune down to D Standard, go up a gauge. For C Standard, go up two gauges. What you do on half-steps depends on your preference. If I were tuning down one and a half steps, I'd go up two gauges. I don't like flimsy feeling strings and bigger strings help add to that downtuned sound. For Eb, I'd probably stick with my standard.

I should point out that I've never used a downtuned FR, so this may not work. I have no idea.
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#30
Even Kerry King of Slayer played 0.09's.

If he isn't Brootal then instant fail.


I use ernie ball hybrid slinkies which are pure joy

e, B, G strings are from an 0.09 set, and the D, A, E strings are from a 0.10 set.

On a strat You almost have to have 0.11 or higher, because you else wont' get the fullest tone out of it, where a Humbucker guitar already has twice the output.

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#32
.09s are still the most popular (in terms of sales) gauge of Ernie Ball strings (and EB outsell every other brand), so go figure.

Just because this site is populated mostly by drop-tuning shredders doesn't mean jack compared to the global guitar playing community.
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#33
.9's are good for trem'd guitars but If you have a fixed bridge you'll probly never use them on acounts their not as good in drop tuning.
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#34
9's don't sound like **** if you've got a decent amp and know how to EQ it properly. I'm pretty sure Petrucci uses 9's when he plays in standard tuning, and the man's got amazing tone.


I use 10's.
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9's don't sound like **** if you've got a decent amp and know how to EQ it properly. I'm pretty sure Petrucci uses 9's when he plays in standard tuning, and the man's got amazing tone.


Petrucci uses 12's in this video, for downtuning, and says he prefers them to 9's for that:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dONN8bt3AE
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#36
.9 and strats, teles go well together.

.10 and above are for SGs and LPs

.9 is used for standard tuning usually

.10 and above is used for low tunings, drop d, half step down

Slash uses LPs most of the time so most of his songs are usually tuned half step down.
#37
i feel like i'm playing an air guitar when using 9s. There's nothing wrong with them if you have a good guitar, but i prefer a bit of substance.

apprently slash uses them which is crazy since he downtunes aswell... i don't knwo whether that's true or not.

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#38
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Technically, the fatter the string, the more it gets picked up and the bigger the sound. It also tends to stay in tune better. Flip side, lighter strings allow lower action. So its a trade-off that is down to personal taste and the style you play.
#39
i use .10's because .09's just feel flimsy and bend too easily, and i occassionally tune to drop c and .10's get the job done but i would prefer .11's for that
#40
Hybrid Ernie Ball slinkys for me. Best of both worlds really.
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