#1
I've used d'addario or ernie ball 9's ever since i got my guitar, and i'm finding them pretty easy to play now, and apparently thicker strings give you better tone, so i'm going to switch to 10's.
My question is, if I switch to 10's do i need to get my guitar set up again? do i need a new nut? etc

I'm not sure if it matters, but i have a mexican stratocaster, and i've blocked off the trem with a bit of wood
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#2
I use them interchangeably with no significant intonation issues. Just check intonation after the change. If you were changing from 09s to 13s it would be a different story.
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#3
You should check the neck relief - but you do that as a matter of course regularly anyway don't you? Same with intonation, don't you check it regularly and especially when you change strings?
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The nut will be fine.
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#4
I should have mentioned, I have a very small amount of fret buzz when using 9's
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#6
just to point out, 10s have a different tone, not necessarily "better".
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just to point out, 10s have a different tone, not necessarily "better".

Thanks for the reply, how would you describe the tone compared to 9's?
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#8
I just went from 10s to 12s. Slight intonation adjustment and I was ready to go.
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Quote by Caaarrl94
Thanks for the reply, how would you describe the tone compared to 9's?


hard to describe exactly (plus it depends on the string brand), but i'd say a bit less subtle, a bit thicker. that type of thing.
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#10
If you are getting string buzz with 9's there is a good chance 10's will help with that.

Like others said, you will need to check intonation and neck relief. There is a good chance they won't need adjusted but you might find that there are minor adjustments needed.

You will not need to make any adjustment to the nut.
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Quote by Caaarrl94
I should have mentioned, I have a very small amount of fret buzz when using 9's


Then your action is too low at the moment. Whenever you change strings, check:

1. Truss Rod



2. Intonation



3. Action



You can find more detailed info on the link Cathbard posted.
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#12
Quote by Caaarrl94
apparently thicker strings give you better tone, so i'm going to switch to 10's.


That "apparently" is not so apparent.
#13
And better? Define better.
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Quote by Dave_Mc
just to point out, 10s have a different tone, not necessarily "better".


+1

Thicker strings tend to have a bit more bass, but a softer attack. Though you'll probably barely notice a difference with a move that small.
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#15
^ Yeah I used to notice a difference. I just didn't like them, they were a bit "unsubtle", compared to 9s, as i said. Since I got a bass I don't care so much. LOL.
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