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...and not to mention tunings.

Found a combination that finally works with the SG,... 11-50s tuned to Eb. This SG was finicky about tone and string gauge. I am now able to bend and do vibratos just right and not have the tone get bitchy. I also bought a truss rod wrench for the SG and that only took a couple of minutes to get that right. Thing is, I don't have much to to play along with at Eb and will have to download backing tracks in that tuning.

The same logic doesn't apply to my jaguar blacktop or stratocaster. I find the same strings in standard work very well on both 9-46s and one is a 24" scale and the other 25.5" I especially like they way they work on the short scale.

My other Gibson scale is the Epiphone Casino Coupe works best with 10-46s. This has rebuilt Vineham P90s

I have no doubt things will change a bit here and there, especially and when change pickups and electronics in the jaguar.
 

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I use 9-42 on everything, even my acoustics. They sound and work great. A guitar should not be "finicky" about strings. It just needs a bit of tweaking, most likely the nut.
 

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I use 11-52s on my acoustics in standard tuning. Best combination that works for both playability and tone for me.
 

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I've tried everything from 8-38s to 11-50s in standard tuning. Every guitar has different physical and electronic characteristics. Things you change, like strings, are part of tweaking the tone and playability of a guitar that works for each player. A proper setup and adjusting the pickups to the right height also part of it.
 

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The acoustics all get the same gage and the electrics all get the same gage - any of those clowns have a problem with that and don’t want to go on livin here they can take their asses down the road.
 

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@Wardo I expected that type of comment from you. I only plays 17-72s on mega-dreadnoughts HoooWEE.
 

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@Wardo I expected that type of comment from you. I only plays 17-72s on mega-dreadnoughts HoooWEE.
Keep in mind though that it was also meant as a joke and I’m always happy to embrace the stereotype.

On the other hand, I have ten guitars on the go so it’s easier for me to buy a dozen sets at a time for the electrics or for the acoustics. All the guitars are about the same for playability and strings are standardized.

Someone in an interview asked Charlie Starr what kind of strings he uses - he said, whatever’s free.

And I ain’t used 17-72s since the local places quit stocking Black Diamond back in the 60s.
 

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Fender used to make a .10 to .38 gauge which they called their regular gauge. Hendrix liked these strings as he found the thinner wound strings more funky.

As D'Addario now makes strings for Fender this gauge is not available-however GHS makes them and I like it on my guitars.
 

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10-46 are great for shorter scale guitars, while 9-42 give many of us a fighting chance on longer-scale Fender-type necks.
It took me awhile to get used to the 9-46 especially when bending. I started off putting them on my Tele's and then put a set on my Strat. The Strat was the hardest to get used to as the tone is different with the 10-46.
 

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I only have 2 guitars and like to play songs in a larger number of different tunings.. My compromise was 10-52 and 12/60. These are the 2 sets I found that so far feel the best from E down to C..
 

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It took me awhile to get used to the 9-46 especially when bending. I started off putting them on my Tele's and then put a set on my Strat. The Strat was the hardest to get used to as the tone is different with the 10-46.
I set my Strats to float (Carl Verheyen set-up - - you can bend up/down to pitch if you take the time to dial it in) which gives a little slinkier feel, so 10-46 isn't a problem. I've been experimenting with lighter gauges on the Tele and like you was overbending on a set of 9-42. D'Addario makes a 9.5 - 44 set that seems to be a nice compromise, although going from .013' down to .0115" on the B string still throws me off.
 

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For me it’s Pyramid Nickel Classics, 10-46 on the LP and Strat, 11-48 on the 339.

I have a stringsandbeyond.com subscription, where they send me 6 packs every 8 weeks and
I save 10% (+free shipping). Four packs 10-46 and two 11-48.

(Although, that was for just the LP and 339, now with the Strat added I may need more of the 10-46.)
 
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