#1
I'm thinking about changing from 9-42's to 10-46's. How will this effect tone? Or will it not effect tone at all?
#2
Well, thicker strings get better tone, though going from 9's to 10's won't make a massive, massive difference.
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I switched from 9-42 to 10-46 set recently, I think it is much better!
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#4
I normally play with 10-46 but my new strat came equipped with 9-42. I'll apply new strings of the former gauge in the next few weeks.

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does switching guages mean you have to adjust action/truss rod?

i'm a newbie and just got my first guitar, and just using the strings that are on it stock and would like to try out different strings but i just blew $45 getting a professional setup so i don't want to do that again.
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does switching guages mean you have to adjust action/truss rod?

i'm a newbie and just got my first guitar, and just using the strings that are on it stock and would like to try out different strings but i just blew $45 getting a professional setup so i don't want to do that again.


It depends on how tight it is. Switching gauges shouldn't affect the truss rod but will probably cause your tremolo to rise, if your guitar has one.

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#7
Thicker strings will sound less bright, harder to bend, harder on your fingers. As to the sound difference being better or not, that's up to your ears and only your ears.
#8
Thicker strings aren't 'better', they're different. Due to the thickness and the tension, they'll sound 'thicker', which means it won't vibrate as much, the fundamental will be enhanced and there will be less overtones.

It's up to you. I personally hate that sound, so I go as light as possible.
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#9
Heavier strings will be higher tension. Your tone is going to sound a lot more solid and tight. Lighter strings will give a tone that is looser and ballsier, but also give you more vibrato ability during leads.
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From such a small jump in gauge there won't be much of a difference, if any at all. They'll feel different, in that thicker strings require more tension and hence will be different to play, but the difference won't be massive.
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#11
^ they're right about the sound. Put on the .10s, see if you like how they play, if so leave them on.

Then you might want to go to the guitar store just to ask at the desk if anything should be done to the neck because of the .10s. They will take a look, probably say 'no' but maybe they will twist the truss rod free of charge.
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#12
i will make a slight difference. really, your going to feel it in your finger when playing, bending, etc. your will notice it if you drop tune as well. yeah 1 guage will make a change.

2 will make quite a change. 3 or more guages is basically transforming your tone. going to 12s or 13s also requires some heavy adjustment of your guitar for that immense tension.
#13
They get stiffer, which I like. You also don't have to bend as far as you used to, but bending get's a bit harder. Also, depending on how low it is now, you might run into buzz on the wound strings. I put on a set of 9's the other day and felt like I would break them.
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You have more twang, a tighter low end, and more noticeable harmonics in the sound (I mean the harmonics of the normal vibrations, not the kind you play intentionally.