#1
Hey guys

I own an Epiphone SG which I got in December as a first guitar.

The other night my high E snapped whilst jamming. The strings generally are quite worn and I was in line for a new set anyway. But my question is which gauge and manufacturer to go for when I head off to the music store tomorrow to buy a new set?

I play blues.

Thanks for any help
#2
Quote by mcumcu
Hey guys

I own an Epiphone SG which I got in December as a first guitar.

The other night my high E snapped whilst jamming. The strings generally are quite worn and I was in line for a new set anyway. But my question is which gauge and manufacturer to go for when I head off to the music store tomorrow to buy a new set?

I play blues.

Thanks for any help


I'd probaly go for 9s, they're the 'average' gauge you could say and my favourite personally. I'd personally suggest Rotosounds, they do a 9 gauge which are called, Roto-pinks. Strings are all about personal preference tbh, just keep buying different brands until you find one you like. Also, take a look at D'addarios.
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#4
It's all about feel and many different guys use different thicknesses. I shift back and forth between .10s and .11s on my guitars, depending what I feel like. On one end of the spectrum, someone like Clapton uses thinner strings, whereas Stevie Ray Vaughan uses much thicker strings.

For a blues player with an SG I would take .10s.
#5
generally heavier gages last longer and sound "better"; with an sg scale length you should be able to at least handle 10's. try some nickel-plated steels or pure nickel wound.
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#6
i use d'addarios .10's on my epiphone sg
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#7
I have 11s on my strat and 10's on my PRS. Thicker strings generally sound " better" but it's really all preference.

I use Ernie Ball slinky and Dean Markley Hendrix strings.
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#8
What's the difference between nickel wound, pure nickel and stainless steel in terms of sound?
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What's the difference between nickel wound, pure nickel and stainless steel in terms of sound?



I've never used stainless steel strings....

but pure nickel is brighter than nickel wound and plain steel.
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