#1
I've been playing guitar since June-ish time, and I was wondering, what should the thickness of my strings be by now? I started out with .009-.042, then switched to .010-.046. I then bought a new guitar, and thought it came with the .010s, but really it was with the .009s. I realized that after my .009 e came off, and I replaced it with a .010. Should I switch all my strings to .010, or should I stay with the .009s? I mean, does it make me bad at guitar if I'm still on .009s?
#2
personal preference dude.I've tried both gauges and I have to say .009 are nicer and versatile for both rhythm and lead..010 are thick but for they then to muff up distortion.alittle to beefy for me.

strings don determined whether you are good at guitar.

everyone has their strengths and weaknesses at guitars.

I don 't really know how a person say that someone is the best guitarist in the world.
#3
String gauge is all personal preference, using big gauges doesn't make you a good player, especially if you can't handle them. A lot of people and pros use thin strings, Steve Vai I think uses .008's. Jimi Hendrix supposedly used banjo strings because he couldn't find guitar strings thin enough for his liking (that's just something I heard, don't know if it's true). On the other hand, SRV used .013s. He also had to superglue his fingers sometimes. I use .011s because .009s and .010s are slipper to me.
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#4
i use tens because of the tone, but using thin strings doesn't make you a bad guitarist (yngwie uses .008 strings)
#5
not at all, u should play with whatever ur most comfortble with
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#7
I use 0.12's on my acoustic and 0.11's on my electric because I find I break thinner strings too quickly. Strings are by and large a preference things but, generally, thinner strings make bends easier and are less harsh on the fingers but can break easier, can go out of tune quicker (this does depend on the guitar as well though) and can lead to a reduction in volume. Thicker strings may be better in terms of volume and tone but may also hinder bends and general playing depending on finger strength.
Basically it's a case of comparing tone, comfort and playability between strings. Also, if you like having a 0.10 high e with the rest from the 0.09 set then do that, there are no hard and fast rules, although that might not be cost effective :p
#9
all pref.

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i use it for jazz, rythem, blues

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Hmm

In my book it says, summed up. The bigger the gauge the better the tone?

True?
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#11
I like thinner strings, I had some thicker ones, but I couldn't play chords, because the strings are so thick that i would mute the others no matter what. Just experiment and find the ones that suit you and your style. :]
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Hmm

In my book it says, summed up. The bigger the gauge the better the tone?

True?

tone is subjective

heavier gauge gives more low end
and visa versa
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#14
if string guage was relative to length of time playing, then jimmy page (as an example) would have a 120 guage bass string for a high E
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#15
I've been playing guitar for 8 years, and I stay on the 9's. it's all about preference. if you like the 10's, use em, if not, change
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