#1
Okay, so I am getting better at guitar and I really want to start experimenting with different sounds. I play a Peavey T-15 electric guitar (23.5 inch neck with 20 frets). I'm not savvy with music theory so I have no idea if I am explaining my question properly, but I will do my best. So I want to mess with the gauge of my strings, I have tried (and this is how I know how to explain them) 8's all the way to 11's. So far I tend to play with 10's, but I really don't like how the big E string sounds. So I wanted to move the gauge of the bigger E string down, but keep the small E at a 10 or 9. Now is there some sort of mathematical equation for solving the problem of what size the middle strings should be? I saw that Earnie Ball had a set of strings for the opposite set up, and to the best of my knowledge didn't have something from what I described in a pre-package already. Or is this even something I should be doing in the first place? Maybe a lesson on what the technical terms are are in order as well.
#2
you can get hybrid sets

alternatively you can make up your own with single strings

i seem to remember some of the big string makers (d'addario, maybe, but don't quote me on that) had a string tension calculator on their website.
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#3
What should the string tensions be exactly? Or how do I figure that out?
#5
I use the same gauges in Earnie Ball Regular Slinky. I was thinking of dropping the big E to a 40 but keeping the small E at a 10.
#6
You could string up with nothing but 30's if you wanted to, I believe you're overthinking this

Ernie Ball makes a set called "Skinny Top, Heavy Bottom" that you might like. If I remember correctly it's 10-52 or something like that. Some people prefer having a wound G string too, there's quite a few sets that offer that as well.


EDIT: You're wanting to go lighter on the low E, apologies. I'm not sure of a set off the top of my head but I'm sure it exists.


EDITx2: The only thing I'm finding is a 12-string set from GHS, you could make your set from these http://www.axemusic.com/store/product/9683/GHS-Boomers-GB12L-12-String-Light-Electric-Guitar-Strings-Set-%2810-40%29/

Your set probably exists somewhere, you'll just have to look around.
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#7
You can really do whatever you like! Don't ever be afraid to experiment.

I currently play Ernie Ball Super Slinkies on my electrics (9-42s) and love them.

I can't recommend Ernie Balls enough. I know they have the following ranges:

Regular Slinky: 10-46
Hybrid Slinky: 9-46 (your top three strings are lighter gauge but bottom three are the same as regular)
Super Slinky:9-42 (all strings are lighter than regular).
Extra Bottom End Slinky: 10-52

The Hybrids will probably solve your problem with moving the E string down and keeping things light on top.
If you really wanted to beef it up look at the 10-52s although I found these used to eat my picks up really quickly.

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46 isn't very heavy. Methinks maybe you just need to tweak your EQ.
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What should the string tensions be exactly? Or how do I figure that out?


they can be whatever you want, within reason. That's why different people use different gauges. As I said, I think some of the string big string manufacturers has a calculator on their website.

But as Flux'D says, you're probably overthinking this. If you want to get a similar feel to a 24.75" scale on your 23.5" scale neck, i'd go up a gauge. If you like 10s at 24.75", try 11s, in other words.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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