#1
The title kind of explain what's up, but basically, is it harder to increase speed on high gauge strings with a guitar that is rarely used for shred or other fast playing styles?

When I bought the Jazzmaster (Blacktop edition) it came with 9. gauge strings. I could play quite fast and with relative ease, however, I was getting a buzzing noise from the bridge (Jazzmaster Vintage Saddle). Apparently, the buzzing is common for Jazzmasters and the best way to fix it is to get higher-gauge strings. So, I changed to 11.s but now I'm finding it more difficult to play at a decent speed.

Is this expected from this kind of guitar with these strings? Or, should I change the bridge and go back to 9.s?
#2
Alex Skolnik shreds rings around most people with 13s, suck it up and practice.
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#3
Well, practically any guitar can be shredded with. I've used .11 strings for over 3 years and I can shred quite fast with them, just as fast as with .9s. I'd say it's just a question of getting used to it, but if you can fix the buzzing issue while still using .9s, there's no reason not to.
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#4
String gauge really has nothing to do with speed. If you're playing in the same tuning as you were with the 9s bending will be harder.
#5
get 10?
i use .010 thru .052?and it sounds fine and the playability on them is amazing.
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#6
Ye, probably just gotta practice more. It's off to youtube to look up some picking excises!