#1
Stupid question time and should only take one good answer... Is there a lighter gauge of electric guitar string than .09 - .42?
#2
Yes. You can get .008s, but not a lot of people use them. I may be wrong, but I think Billy Giibbons may have used them, and possibly Brian May
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#4
What ^ said.
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nah, billy wont have used 8s. his tone is too big for em.

I have some old strings from like the 70s and earlier floating around... I may have seen a .7 in there..
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#7
Yes, but I wouldn't recommend it. They'll break really easily and slip out of tune quicker than .9s
#8
.8s are doable. However, why do you feel you need thinner strings? You probably just need stronger fingers, which will take a while. I started out with .9 in E, then moved to .10 and loved it. Currently not going doing anything skinnier than .11 in E, and 12-56 for C standard ( in which case I do like a little bit of sloppiness )
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#9
Fingers are plenty strong enough, I had 10's on my G400 but didnt like the sound. Im just looking for a tone and thought maybe a lighter string will produce it. I play a lot of Brian May stuff so yeah I might get some in. For the sake of 10 bux, if skinny E breaks, who cares... I found a video of lost horizon on youtube last night and went looking for the Tab... how come just about all of the Queen and Brian May tabs are dumbed down so much to get just the basic tune instead of being accurate. Bohemian Rhapsody is a good case in point, watch the way May plays it and then look at how its tabbed and its just completely wrong... Ah well... I dont write Tabs yet so I cant complain I guess.
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nah, billy wont have used 8s. his tone is too big for em.

He actually does use them. Look up a gear tour on youtube, he uses 8's, and actually kills all treble frequencies.
I think he picks hella-hard, so that might be why his tone is so big sounding.
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Quote by rocknroll93
nah, billy wont have used 8s. his tone is too big for em.

I have some old strings from like the 70s and earlier floating around... I may have seen a .7 in there..



You're right, he doesn't use 8's.

He uses 7's.

Claims BB King told him that heavy strings made you work too hard, and he's been playing light strings every since.
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nah, billy wont have used 8s. his tone is too big for em.


LOLWUT?

man this "you need thick strings for good tone" BS is getting so ridiculous that people won't even believe now that tone which was from slinky strings could actually be from them
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#13
8s are way too loose for me. i have to have alot of tension when i play but you dont mine playing loose shoestrings go for it.
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LOLWUT?

man this "you need thick strings for good tone" BS is getting so ridiculous that people won't even believe now that tone which was from slinky strings could actually be from them


People are retarded for heavy strings because of something SRV said. It was something like, "...I play loud, tune low and use heavy strings..." I don't think anything in the category of light would've survived the opening licks with him.

I love that BB King said that! I'm gonna have to use that the next time someone gives me crap about lighter strings. DR Vintage Blues either 9's or 10's depending on my mood.
#15
Wait, .42? That's almost half a fucking inch. I don't think your neck could handle industrial cable-thick strings.
#16
good spot
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#18
I chucked some 8's on an old dunger which I modded last night out of boredom, which I might start another thread about... and i reckon they are harder to play with because there is so much variation in pitch when you bend a string. Im starting to think all these guys who like 10's and up are lazy with 'strong fingers'...
#19
i can't think of an advantage or reason for doing so. i can imagine myself bending the b string all the way to off the neck spanning four strings and going off of the edge of the fretboard on the bass side.
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