#1
I am mainly referring to the gauge of the strings used. I am using DR .11-.50 which is only a little larger than normal.

I was learning the solo to ACDC's Shook me all night long, and I noticed the G B and E strings were really hurting my fingers and were tough to bend.

Now, should I get a lighter gauge so they are easier to bend? If so how much sound will be sacrificed if I do this?


Any advice?
#2
Thats all personal preference. A lot of people will tell you that heavier strings produce "better" tone, but to be honest I think 9s sound better than anything else.
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#3
I like the hybrid way, that is 010 on the EAD, and 09 on the GBE!
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Thats all personal preference. A lot of people will tell you that heavier strings produce "better" tone, but to be honest I think 9s sound better than anything else.


Like this guy said. It's all preference. You could even end up wanting thicker strings, like me. I used to like thinner strings, but I really like the tension of 11's and 12's and I'm even playing on an extended scale guitar now XD

So I guess I usually use an 11 or 12 set with a 68 for my low A on my 7 string.
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How much "tone" if forfeited when the string gauge is reduced?


I wouldn't say tone is "forfeited", it's just different. It all comes down to preference, again.

The person earlier in this thread said they enjoy the sound of 9's better, so whatever.
#7
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How much "tone" if forfeited when the string gauge is reduced?


Thats up for you to decide. You may like the lighter strings better, or you may think they sound like crap. IMO thicker strings sound "beefier", but I think lighter gauges have a better "attack" and are a bit tighter. Just my opinion though.
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#9
you need to play more and get calisus on your fingers so it won't hurt anymore.
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#10
It's not about callouses, it's about finger strength - 11s hold a lot more tension than 9's so they're a lot harder to bend.

I'd try 9's if I were you, you'll find them a lot easier to bend - if you don't like them then move up to 10's. Most players I know tend to use 9's, although quite a few prefer 10's on shorter scale length guitars like Les Pauls.
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It's not about callouses, it's about finger strength - 11s hold a lot more tension than 9's so they're a lot harder to bend.

I'd try 9's if I were you, you'll find them a lot easier to bend - if you don't like them then move up to 10's. Most players I know tend to use 9's, although quite a few prefer 10's on shorter scale length guitars like Les Pauls.



Sounds good to me.

Do you know if any thickness will be gone since it is a lighter gauge? I am a fan of a very beefy guitar tone.
#12
your finger tips will eventually get more calaced (sp?) and they wont hurt, as well as your fingers getting stronger will make it easier to bend.
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#13
I recently made a similar change on my SG. From hybrid slinkies to power slinkies (0.009 at the top to 0.011) and vibrato is harder, bends would be but I play my strat so much that my fingers are used to tight strings and big bends. My tone is 'fuller' now I guess, it was definitely thinner with the hybrid slinkies. I do find it easier to play overall though, not sure why, but I guess give 0.009s a try and see what you like.