#1
I just threw some 12's on my strat for fun and wow. It's definitely a struggle to do some decent bends (in Eb). What's the highest gauge you've tried and your thoughts. 12 is the highest for me. The guitar is starting to feel too jazzy and much harder to play. 11's seem like a good fit. Side note, I couldn't find a set of 12's with a nonwound g (aside from drop sets). I like the feel of unwound better and the OC side of me feels better with 3 wound and 3 unwound lol.
#3
I hate even playing 10s... I know, but only 9s feel right to me.
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#4
I use .13-.56 on my acoustic, and I just went down from said gauge to .12-.54 on my electric.
I started out doing it mainly as a good way to build up finger strength, but it really is hindering my playing I've noticed. Getting trills, hammer ons and pull offs, and even getting the right picking is harder than on .10 or .11's.

But because of the .13's I can bend for miles. Three semi-tones anywhere above the twelfth fret on .13-.56 is pretty nice.
#5
I have played on 11's on E standard tuning.
Now I don't want to get anything higher than 9's and 10's.
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I have played on 11's on E standard tuning.
Now I don't want to get anything higher than 9's and 10's.

11s are godly for Standard tuning
#7
Believe it or not but a friend of mine , ( who is an exceptional guitarist) strings his electrics with 14's and he can bend like David Gilmour- its no problem for him.

I have trouble with 12's
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I hate even playing 10s... I know, but only 9s feel right to me.


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Believe it or not but a friend of mine , ( who is an exceptional guitarist) strings his electrics with 14's and he can bend like David Gilmour- its no problem for him.

I have trouble with 12's


Damn 14s. I thought 13's were as high as you could find. I suppose anything is possible if you custom it. I'm definately having trouble with these 12's. I'm currently in D standard b/c it's so hard to bend. Ima go back to the shop today and pick up my old 11's.
#11
11s in E standard for a Strat scale length guitar are great. I don't think I'll ever go past those though.
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Believe it or not but a friend of mine , ( who is an exceptional guitarist) strings his electrics with 14's and he can bend like David Gilmour- its no problem for him.

I have trouble with 12's


does he have those on a jazz box? i know a guy that plays with 14's but only on his gibson es-175
#14
Didn't SRV play with .16s or something

16?¿?¿ the finger death gauge :S im stuck with 11 on hardtail guitars and 10 on FR ones!
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Didn't SRV play with .16s or something

SRV played with all sorts of gauges, particularly 13's. He sometimes went as high as 18's.

I used to play with 13's (in standard). It was pretty brutal at first, but damn did they sound nice.
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#18
I have been using .13's for 2 years in C#. I have since became very used to/in love with them.
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.3's were too brootal, 11's are where it's at. Maybe 10s.
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#21
I only gone as high as 10s.

What are the good things about higher gauges?
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I only gone as high as 10s.

What are the good things about higher gauges?

Less fret buzz, if you down tune the strings wont feel like rubber bands, and the string sound somewhat beefier.
#25
I can't go lower then .10s or I end up bending out of tune without even having the intention of making a bend lol.
I don't mind .10s, I love .11s and I only tried .12s when I first started playing, and I didn't mind them so I imagine I'd like them more now that I have some finger strength.
#27
I'm currently stringing all my guitars with 11's because I'm playing live and they're a bit easier to control than 12's with a plain G.

I've used a ton of different strings, but the stiffest ones I've played were 12-56 flatwounds on a 24.75 scale guitar. The 12-54's that I typically use on my Strat (12-54 with a plain G) handle very similar to my 11's.

What is the real determinant factor in the stiffness of strings, IMO is the G string. If I'm playing a 12 high E with an 18 plain G, it won't feel any different than playing a 10 with an 18 plain G, IMO. But with a 24 plain G (which the set of EB strings I bought had) was freakin ridiculous. It felt like a spoke from a bicycle rim.
#28
i'm using .10-52's, they're like earnie ball top heavies, nickle wound.
before that i had .9-.42's so that was a pretty big jump for me. i like the higher gauge more, thought he lower ones are easier to play.
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#29
I went from 11's to 10s with my last set and a wound G on both. I use 12's on my acoustic, so bends are pretty much no problem. Where are y'alls findin 13's though? I wanna try some out someday.

My inner acoustic player won't let me like an unwound G. Doesn't feel natural.
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I've played on 11's in E for as long as I can remember but I might go to 10's in E and 11's in Eb and D.
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#31
The d'addario 12's don't have a wound G.That was what really made me stick with them.Having the wound G is just a little too far and it was hard to play,but now I love my d'addario's
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#32
I generally string my guitars with 11-52, with a wound G. I like a set of 12s, but I always found there was just a tiny bit too much tension when forming extended voicings of chords on the lower frets.
#34
lol i have been playing with .12 since i started guitar...it was one of the best things ive done because my bending muscles are super strong now
#35
I use Power Slinkys (.11-.48) these days, but I've experimented with quite a few other gauges before. I could never use .9s again, they just feel too wimpy for me now.
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that's subjective, though. i prefer the tone of 9s.
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