#1
are they a lot harder than 9's?

on a 25.5 scale guitar
also will lowering action make bending easier or harder
#2
Not a lot harder. I can still do some 1.5 step bends with 11s.

Lowering action does not make string bending any easier, harder if anything
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#3
I don't think the difference will be too noticeable in your bending, and I've always found bending to be easier with higher action.
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#4
10's and 9s are about the same really. I doubt you'll notice a big difference.
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#5
It's really not that bad, i play 11s and like Doodleface said pretty big bends are still possible, so I think that 10's will be fine.
#6
it's not much harder but if it was the tone you get would be worth it all though BB king and B.Gibbons use .08's and .09's
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#8
A lot of it comes from technique. I found it hard at first to bend on .11s, I could hardly do more than a 1/2 step. Now that I've practiced, I can easily to whole step bends, even 1.5 step in some cases. That was without adjusting the action to make it easier. Just keep practicing bending, and develop your technique.
#9
You can still bend pretty easy on 10's, it takes a week or so to get used to it but eventually it's fine. For 11's you can tune down 1/2 step (like SRV) or 1 whole step to ease the string tension.

Bend 12's or 13's once and you'll end up in the hospital.
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#10
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Not a lot harder. I can still do some 1.5 step bends with 11s.

Lowering action does not make string bending any easier, harder if anything


1.5 step bends here wiht 12s

Strengthem your fingers up, i bend bass strings in solos..
#11
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1.5 step bends here wiht 12s

Strengthem your fingers up, i bend bass strings in solos..



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#12
The action of the guitar makes the most impact on bending technique at least imo. I cannot bend properly on a guitar that has absurdly low action, my fingers slide into the other strings and they bind up making wide bent vibratos impossible.

Its best to find a happy medium where you can play the guitar comfortably, and you can bend up as far as you want so your fingers go under the strings making it easier and cleaner. You don't need super high action to do this either... Just high enough so you can slide under.
#13
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Never said it was, i just wanted to say taht its possible to bend heavier stuff.

9.s are far too flappy imo, 10s are okay, 11s are great and 12s are good.

if you want easy to bed but hard sounding, get 11/10 hybrids
#14
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A lot of it comes from technique. I found it hard at first to bend on .11s, I could hardly do more than a 1/2 step. Now that I've practiced, I can easily to whole step bends, even 1.5 step in some cases. That was without adjusting the action to make it easier. Just keep practicing bending, and develop your technique.
That's not technique, but brute force. If you've developed a flawless bending technique on 9s and then switch to 10s or 11s, you'll have some difficulty, but that's just because of the extra strength you need, and not the technique.
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That's sick, dude. Why would anybody want to score with a set of strings...?
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That's sick, dude. Why would anybody want to score with a set of strings...?


Why not?

For example, look at the DR Coated 9-42's. I would tap those old school.


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