#1
How does it? We know SRV used extra heavy strings and hes been quoted saying instead of using a les paul and a marshall for the heavy sound he used thick strings... 13's if i am correct and i was wondering how exactly that changed his sound.

did it just make it heavier or what?

bc id like to try that on my start but my guitar is set for 10's and i tried 13's it would prolly **** it up......... right?

Thanks
#2
Go to guitar center and try it and hear it for yourself. Thicker strings give you a bigger and warmer tone, as opposed to thin strings giving you a more crisp, but hollow tone. Also, obviously, it takes a more tremendous amount of strength to bend .013's as opposed to say, .008's.
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#3
... and yes, sorry, you need to get a new setup(or do it yourself), if you are going to change string gauges(especially if you have a floyd rose type tremolo). If you don't really care that much and you have a hardtail bridge guitar, you can try the strings--it won't really hurt. But if you have a pretty expensive strat, take it to a pro(not guitar center... find your own personal hole in the wall tech... it will be cheaper and the product better)
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#4
I use 13's and 12's. The amount of bass and warmth in tone, especially over a tube amp, are wonderfull for playing blues/ rock ed. Don't try those fast vai solo's though, then you're better off playing 008/009
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#5
well pickups (mostly) work off of magnets..and if theres more metal there to pickup..there obviously more signal in to the amp......

i dont like anything above 10's..i perfer 9's the best though
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#6
i use different gauges for different gauges

its all preference
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#7
i had to get my strat reset when i changed from 9's to 10's, but it was well worth the change for the improvement in tone. don't know about going thicker than that, probably wouldn't be able to make the bends so comfortably.

as said above, find a good guitar tech rather than the guitar centre, those guys are usually just salesmen and could end up doing more harm than good.
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#8
Isn't tuning a high guage string to standard e pretty tight? i use heavier strings on my cheapo guitar that i play downtuned occasionally but i don't think i could eva tune that higher without some serious tuner breakage.
#9
Just listen to a Stevie song live then listen to pretty much anyone else.. the differance should be pretty blatant.
#11
lol wilty, you gotta quote that.

I love thick strings, anything above .013 is t3h l0v3 for me.

It makes the guitar heavier and more people blow up if you shred with it. If you have a killswitch, shred it with the heavy strings and people will just drop to the ground.