Poll: what string guage?
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.09
8 11%
.10
36 51%
.11
23 33%
.12+
3 4%
Voters: 70.
#1
I've been thinking about getting some thicker guaged strings for my jackson. I play Metal(children of bodom/lamb of god type stuff), what are the advantages of thicker strings
also, what size do you reccomend?
my gear:
Jackson DKMG(the one with EMG 81/85's)
b-52 AT 212 100 watt amp
old gear i'll probably sell eventually:
yamaha beginners guitar
gunmetal grey Fender squire strat
Fender 65R amp
#2
by the way, i've only got the standard .09's
my gear:
Jackson DKMG(the one with EMG 81/85's)
b-52 AT 212 100 watt amp
old gear i'll probably sell eventually:
yamaha beginners guitar
gunmetal grey Fender squire strat
Fender 65R amp
#5
Tone basically...thats it...and its not that important anyway.....all in the playing...unless your a purist.or a geek.

It only affects the tone slightly....with thinner stings just beef up with bass etc..or ....
#6
yeah i've mostly narrowed it to 11's or 10's..i'm goin to get some tonight probably
my gear:
Jackson DKMG(the one with EMG 81/85's)
b-52 AT 212 100 watt amp
old gear i'll probably sell eventually:
yamaha beginners guitar
gunmetal grey Fender squire strat
Fender 65R amp
#7
Quote by DieKrupps
Tone basically...thats it...and its not that important anyway.....all in the playing...unless your a purist.or a geek.

It only affects the tone slightly....with thinner stings just beef up with bass etc..or ....

tone isn't important?
alright i'll just pull out my yamaha and hope everything sounds awesome
my gear:
Jackson DKMG(the one with EMG 81/85's)
b-52 AT 212 100 watt amp
old gear i'll probably sell eventually:
yamaha beginners guitar
gunmetal grey Fender squire strat
Fender 65R amp
#8
It improves the tone no end, and they're better if your tuning low and playing hard...
#10
you dnt have to mess with the truss rod with different gauges, when you're jumping to heavier gauges, i took off the back plate of my scratch plate and tightened the screws which held the bridge in place, so that it wouldn't be as elevated, my neck never bowed. dnt **** with the rod if you don't know what you're doing, you can damage your guitar.
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#11
i already f'd with the pickups and that took me 4 hours to get it back right lol..so really i'd rather not adjust my truss rod but yeah..shouldn't need to anyway
my gear:
Jackson DKMG(the one with EMG 81/85's)
b-52 AT 212 100 watt amp
old gear i'll probably sell eventually:
yamaha beginners guitar
gunmetal grey Fender squire strat
Fender 65R amp
#13
i always thought that lower strings mean less fret buzz when you down-tune by a few semitones (like drop C tuning)
#15
Quote by electricsnake
I've been thinking about getting some thicker guaged strings for my jackson. I play Metal(children of bodom/lamb of god type stuff), what are the advantages of thicker strings
also, what size do you reccomend?

dude we are into the same stuff, and i use 52-09.
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#16
They make a largely incomprehensible difference to tone (new strings in general will result in a drastic imrpovement in tone but the gague itself makes almost no difference) and make playing subsiquently more difficult as the strings get thicker. Thicker strings also respond better to lower tunings (Can be tuned to lower tunings while maintaining a playable level of tension).
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#17
I use 12's myself, which are damn handy if your downtuning a lot. I just like the meatier feel to them. (I play metal as well)
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#18
bought some .011's, should be pretty good. But, they're "jazz rock" dmarzio's, will they still sound good?
my gear:
Jackson DKMG(the one with EMG 81/85's)
b-52 AT 212 100 watt amp
old gear i'll probably sell eventually:
yamaha beginners guitar
gunmetal grey Fender squire strat
Fender 65R amp
#19
Get some DR Pure Blues strings. They are awesome, and the only kind I use.
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#21
I have the Zakk Wylde set on my EC-1000. Makes the guitar sound a lot more "heavier" than my SG which has Hybrid Slinkies in it. Also makes it easier to play faster riffs as the strings don't slip as easy from under you fingers.
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#23
i just tried out a set of strings with high gauge thin strings and low gauge thick strings. i like the low gauge ones because it cuts down on unwanted string noise and the thin ones feel right on the upper frets. Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom. give them a try, good for drop tunings.

gauges:
.10
.13
.17
.30
.42
.52

maybe thats what you are looking for, a balance in the middle.
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#24
oh man for playing metal use ernie ball super slinkies custom gage there .09 but there all i use
#25
Thicker strings have better tone. Thinner strings are easier to play. You decide what is more important to you. If you're an amazing guitarist with fingers like trucks (Stevie Ray Vaughan) you can use 13's but play as fast as you can on 9s and then benefit from the brilliant tone. It's a night and day difference.
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#26
I just bought some Dunlop Zakk Wylde strings online(my local store ripped me off and sold me jazz rock strings, thick at the bottom and thin at the top..), they look like a great combination for me, they're thick on the low strings and somewhat thin on the thinner strings.
they're 10's but the low E string is a .060.

my "jazz rock" d'addario's: .011, .014, .018, .028, .038, .049, which is still better than my standard .09's but still..i don't wanna have a bright jazz sound.
Dunlop zakk wylde customs: .010, .013, .017, .036, .052, .060 ordered 2 pairs so i hope they sound good, and i hope they get here fast..they didn't have express shipping, so i had to get standard 5 day -.-
my gear:
Jackson DKMG(the one with EMG 81/85's)
b-52 AT 212 100 watt amp
old gear i'll probably sell eventually:
yamaha beginners guitar
gunmetal grey Fender squire strat
Fender 65R amp
#27
I like .10s. Find .09s a bit wimpy especially when in Eb. .10s aren't too tricky to bend etc though. It's only worth going heavier if it's either a shorter scale guitar or you downtune a lot.
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#28
yeah my band is doing mostly drop C so these new strings should be sweet once they come
my gear:
Jackson DKMG(the one with EMG 81/85's)
b-52 AT 212 100 watt amp
old gear i'll probably sell eventually:
yamaha beginners guitar
gunmetal grey Fender squire strat
Fender 65R amp
#29
i use mostly 10s on everything but my acustic (which has 12s) but im tempted to put 11's on my es 335
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