#1
Hey i used to use 09 strings and just bought 011 will my fingers just have to get used to the tencion? I really love the sounds of thicker strings.

Do i just have to train my fingers stronger?
#4
Yes. Put them through an extensive workout and get them to drink protein shakes. Always wear tight but comfortable clothing and bring a towel to clean the machinery. I suggest putting on the some 80's tunes to work out to.
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#6
Don't grip to hard, move up and down slowly at first and gradually work your way to playing full speed, keep that up and down motion (scales are great practice!), and if need be add some lubricant to make it easier and feel nicer

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Don't grip to hard, move up and down slowly at first and gradually work your way to playing full speed, keep that up and down motion (scales are great practice!), and if need be add some lubricant to make it easier and feel nicer

Glad I could help

#9
You'll get used to it, but be prepared to take a step back and slow down everything you were able to play, for a while. I switched to .11's-.13's for all my guitars (acoustics and electrics), and I haven't been happier. They sound good, they feel good... It just takes a while to build up the strength to be able to bend them effectively, and get good strong callouses.
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You can only play 11s if you were born under a full moon.
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You can only play 11s if you were born under a full moon.

SRV must've been born under under a blue moon then.
#19
Yeah you get used to it. I play 11s because i always used to hit the strings too hard and snapped them all the time. I've calmed down since then but i've got used to 11s and i like the tone.
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#22
That sounds incredibly risky. I wouldn't try it.
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11s are awsome, once you get used to them you will turn your nose up to anything under 11s!

This.

I personally love11s (at least, 11-52s). In fact, on my 2nd electric, for awhile I had 13s (13-60). You do need to build up finger strength and grow better callouses is all, TS.
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#26
I don't even know what size strings are on my guitar. They're just whatever came with my Schecter :/
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#27
Why not use light-top heavy bottoms? You get the thickness and tone out of the lower strings and the higher strings remain around the size of 10s. Pretty much eliminates all difficulty that comes with bending thicker gauge.

I use 12s on my acoustics and light-top heavy bottoms on my electrics. I've used 11's before and while you think bending won't be a problem while practicing, once you get into fast Jimmy Page-esque where you're bending 16th notes up in the middle of phrases, it becomes next to impossible. Not to mention if you run into 2 step or 2 1/2 step bends. You're pretty much out of luck
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#28
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I use 12s on my acoustics and light-top heavy bottoms on my electrics. I've used 11's before and while you think bending won't be a problem while practicing, once you get into fast Jimmy Page-esque where you're bending 16th notes up in the middle of phrases, it becomes next to impossible. Not to mention if you run into 2 step or 2 1/2 step bends. You're pretty much out of luck

If you build up your finger strength enough (like I and many others have), then it doesn't become a problem at all. In fact, it makes you a better guitar player overall, because greater finger strength can allow you to do many techniques with greater ease (as you won't need to build up strength as much). Yes, for about a month, you may issues, but if you practice more than 5 minutes a week, then you'll be fine after that month.
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#29
11s are heavy?
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Change to 13s and tune to E.

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Nah. Play pedal steel guitar with fingers instead of a slide.

Haha your right, That would be worse.
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Yup, nothing quite like going from 09s to 13s with a string height of 1 1/2"+.
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#36
I put .13s on my archtop after regularly playing .9s get on my level.

Anyways, yeah, they'll get used to it. Your fingers probably need a couple of weeks to get adjusted fully.
#37
what you should really worry about is the damage that 11s will do to your amp.

You'll probably want to get a new one.
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11s are heavy?

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