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#1
I've noticed that most metal guitarist tend to use light gauge strings and people who are into blues and stuff prefer using heavy ones. What kind do you normally use?

I'm kinda in between: I use Gibson Vintage Reissues (11's i think) for the low e, a, and d string while i use Ernie Ball Super Slinkies (9's i think) for the g, b, and high e string.

Also, am i the only one who uses different gauge strings for a single guitar?
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#5
Well it depends..Theres the tone factor
But drop tunings for metal players can mean that the thinner strings are sloppier and so harder to have speed on it
I use 10's as do alot of metal guitarists.
But then again so do many other types of guitarists.
Its just a case of your specific taste and preferences in terms of sound/ play quality and resistance required to play the strings
#7
i play stuff from punk (greenday type stuff) ....things inbetween......to iron maiden like stuff and other metal ...... at the minute i am using ROTO blues gauge 10-52....i like them.....but im gonna go for a cleaner/crisper sound next time .... i dunno about gauge, i may get slightly thinner but i dont know....thinner strings are good for metal sounding stuff but thicker ones are good for de-tuning...they give a 'fuller' sound aswell
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#8
Yeah..i use i use those to get a good tone and nice playablity, particularly for bending. i mainly play in dropped D or dropped Db
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#9
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thinner strings are good for metal sounding stuff


Thiner strings dont make metal sound better they jsut make it easyer to play thiker strings give it a more deaper sound and it also means less layering.
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Thiner strings dont make metal sound better they jsut make it easyer to play thiker strings give it a more deaper sound and it also means less layering.



thats what i meant
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#12
Elixir top heavy 10's, it has 10's for e, B and G strings and 11's/12's for E, A and D.
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I use gauge 13. jazz strings, i dont even play jazz!
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I'm currently using a pack of .10's but the bottom is .52 I think. I like the extra 'Ooomph' on the bottom strings.
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I use gauge 13. jazz strings, i dont even play jazz!
13's=sex.

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6 inches unless it's cold outside.


I knew that was coming eventually haha


I use 10-50 now.

I went through phases until I finally stuck to these and I love them.


I know some people use 9's simply becuase the bending is easier
(and btw, I tune half step down usually)
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#21
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#24
I don't really know what gauge I use, but so far as I know Rotosound only has 1 type. Which probably isn't true but bleh, I love them anyways.
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#26
i use 12-53 im usally in drop D or drop C
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#28
I have one guitar with a .60 as my top string and then my other guitars top string is .70......thats for manly things like drop a and g
#29
I use 9's. For a while I was using hybrids (low strings guaged like 10's, highs guaged like 9's). Maybe I should use those again. I used to use 10's because I broke strings a lot, but now I don't play as hard.
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#30
12s and 13's, one on each guitar I have.

I really downtune though, usually to A. and I really like the feel of thick strings compared to lighter guage.

I use DR Red Devils
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#32
Metal guitarists prefer heavier guages (heavier tone, and it's easier to play all downstrokes), whereas the only blues player I know that uses heavy strings is SRV. Check your facts.

Anyway I us 10-46 Dean Markley Blue Steels.

But I might switch to a heavier bottom, while keeping the same high strings.
#33
I'm using DR .11's now. I tune to D standard, and the strings are awesome...and forgive me for saying this, but they taste great too!!!
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#34
I use 10's, but i have a .36 as my low E string because it broke and i didn't have a spare .46 so i have 2 .36's on my guitar
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some d'addario 11's... but i use the low E from the 12's i got my from my teacher, for dropped tunings.
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#36
Usually 10's, d'addario's... I usually stay in standard, and drop D, and its whats been stock on all my guitars, so I just liked the feel and kept them. I never really go down low to drop C or drop B unless I'm learning like a new metal song or something >.< I never write songs that low so I feel no need to have thick strings.
If you tune that low, I think you should play bass =]
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ahh D'Addario E-10's. life is good
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#39
i use dean markley blue steel 13-56 tuned to standard or Eb. great for srv stuff, but it's hard to play fast stuff like vai! great, great tone though. wanna try DR 13s.
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My mom got me some ****ing 8-52's and oh my god they're huge....I prefer 10's myself....
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