#1
Okay that couldn't be any clearer. opinions likes dislikes about string size.
I run with 12-58s in my fixed bridge and standard 9s and up with a tremolo(vibrato,Wammy,that bar thingy,string wiggler,How ever you pronounce it).
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#2
Thicker strings for sure. Thicker strings=higher tension. Higher tension means less movement in the strings, which means I can lower my action more.
#3
The consensus is usually that heavier strings have more tone. On the downside, they are more likely to have issues of fret buzz, difficulty with action, and are tougher to play for beginners. I do the same thing you do. There are 10's on my strats, and heavier strings on my hardtails.
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#4
I have 11-52 gauge on my Jackson. It's got an LFR and is tuned to E standard.

Thicker is better.
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#5
Depends. I put 12s on the guitar I play slide on and 11s and sometimes 12s on my fender. I like the higher tension strings because I'm heavy handed.
#6
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Thicker strings for sure. Thicker strings=higher tension. Higher tension means less movement in the strings, which means I can lower my action more.

that isnt true at all.
if you tune your string to an A, its still going to vibrate 440 times a second.
with bigger strings they will pull up on your neck more, causing higher action.
also, bigger strings have more mass, so you need higher action so you dont get fret buzz.


but bigger strings sound better. thats why i use 11s in standard tuning
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#7
thicker. i have 13s on my lp and it sounds way better than it did with the stock 9s. for "string wigglers" i would go for 11s.
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#8
I'm in between. I like the tonal quality of the thick strings, and I like the bend action on the thinner strings. But I don't like the fret buzz that comes with the thicker strings, and my fingers slip too often while playing on the thin strings.
#9
Thicker strings don't sound as flabby to me. They also add a nice snap when I play.

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with bigger strings they will pull up on your neck more, causing higher action...



Bigger strings don't necessarily have higher action because of this. If the strings are pulling up on your neck more then you adjust the truss rod to compensate for the pull up. Pull up would indicate a bowed neck, so you adjust the truss rod to counter this. Furthermore, thicker strings allow for lower action because they aren't as loose as thin strings, although this difference in action is very miniscule.
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#10
Personally, i've got Ernie Ball Super Slinky 8's on my Jackson. Those things can bend waaaaay up. But on my Dean Caddie, I've got 11's.
#11
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that isnt true at all.
if you tune your string to an A, its still going to vibrate 440 times a second.


i think they meant in reference to bending and vibrato etc.
i've got 11s on mine.. its got a trem (not floyd rose) and the action is just perfect with no buzz.
#12
I like 9s because even 10s pull on the neck and it takes me a while to mess with the truss rod.
And you don't have to fret that hard.
And bending is easier.

But my heavy 3 strings are from a pack of 10s

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I'm in between. I like the tonal quality of the thick strings, and I like the bend action on the thinner strings. But I don't like the fret buzz that comes with the thicker strings, and my fingers slip too often while playing on the thin strings.


The bend action isn't really that much of a factor. Even though it may be easier to bend the strings farther (physically) with thinner strings, and harder with thick strings, you don't have to bend thicker strings as much to reach the pitch you want.


I use the Dimebag set, which is a 10-52. Gets great tone.
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Thicker strings don't sound as flabby to me. They also add a nice snap when I play.

Edit:

Bigger strings don't necessarily have higher action because of this. If the strings are pulling up on your neck more then you adjust the truss rod to compensate for the pull up. Pull up would indicate a bowed neck, so you adjust the truss rod to counter this. Furthermore, thicker strings allow for lower action because they aren't as loose as thin strings, although this difference in action is very miniscule.

if you read my post thoroughly again i think you would see what i meant.
and incorrect, you can get lower action with smaller strings. (for the record i find lower action harder to play because the loewr the action the less you can bend due to the fret board radius.
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if you read my post thoroughly again i think you would see what i meant.
and incorrect, you can get lower action with smaller strings. (for the record i find lower action harder to play because the loewr the action the less you can bend due to the fret board radius.


Mmmm, I don't think so.
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#16
I think 11's would be perfect. When I started, I thought 10's were pretty rough on my fingers. But now they seem really flimsy and weak. I'm gonna start using 11's.
#17
I just went to heveys in the first place(about 3 years ago) to build my speed up. Back then i was a nOOb and knew nothing of practice.(I Love you Practice) But the thicker the better chugging riffs become. The thicker strings give a Muddy feel to it.
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Mmmm, I don't think so.

well, with all due respect, i will leave you with a quote from Abraham Lincoln.
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well, with all due respect, i will leave you with a quote from Abraham Lincoln.
"Sometimes its better to not speak and let everyone think your a fool than to open your mouth and prove them right."


It doesn't matter what sort of embellishments you use to cover it up with, but the gist of it is that you called me a fool. And them's is fightin' words!

Nevertheless, I stand by what I said before. I believe that thicker strings allow for a lower action.
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It doesn't matter what sort of embellishments you use to cover it up with, but the gist of it is that you called me a fool. And them's is fightin' words!

Nevertheless, I stand by what I said before. I believe that thicker strings allow for a lower action.

"And them's is fightin' words"
the contraction "them's" means them is.
basically you said, "them is is fighting words."
rebuttal?
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I play with 9s but I'm going to move up to 12s i think
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#22
I personally prefer .10's. I've tried heavier strings and didn't like them, nothing wrong happened with them they just felt weird to play.
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"And them's is fightin' words"
the contraction "them's" means them is.
basically you said, "them is is fighting words."
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I play with 9s but I'm going to move up to 12s i think


That's a big jump!

I like my guitars to pretty much feel the same. I've got 10's on the ones with a tremolo arm, and 11's on the hardtails.
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#25
i use 10's on my les paul/squier and 9's on my jackson. i like the 9's better though because i never really noticed a tonal difference and it is easier for me to bend than larger strings
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#27
I use Ernie Ball 9-46 but I plan on moving up to 10-52, I usually play in Open G so I like having the heavy bottom strings. Then I'll put 11's on my other guitar and tune it down. I love the sound of heavy strings tuned 1/2 or 1 whole step down
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#28
10s for blues and rock on one guitar

12s for hard rock and metal , and downtuning on my other guitar (never adjusted the truss rod when i changed from 10s to 12s is that bad? doesnt seem to be having any issues but should i do something?)
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#29
hybrid slinky ftw!

you get the fatter tone for rhythm, and can still bend easy
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#30
I prefer thicker strings, they just tend to have a more full sound with a bit more bite. I use 10-46, but if i get anything with a scale shorter than 24.75", i'll get the next gauge up, or higher.
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#31
I use 9s. Because I like them, and I'm not stupidly anal about the minimal difference .01 of an inch of wire is going to make to the sound of my guitar.
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#32
I just put a set of "not even slinky" on my C standard guitar, which are like 12-56

I use regular slinky on my standard tuning guitar.

I like strings to be thinker.