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9s or 10s on your Les Paul?

LeonC

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Joined
Aug 30, 2002
Messages
813
10s for me. Though I've been using 9s on my 25½" scale-length guitars lately.
 

lure555

Swirling Vortex of Sound, Classic Club
Joined
Jul 15, 2001
Messages
3,426
I had 9s loved it buy maybe a bit too loose, so put 10s on. 10s feel more right, for double stops, chords, and ok with most bends, but I do miss bending beyond one whole stop. What rest think of this? Thanks.
I played 10a forever. Saw the Rhett Shull video about string gauges and decided to give 9s a go. Loved the response with palm muting and never went back.
 

Mopang

New member
Joined
Apr 4, 2023
Messages
4
I just put 10's on mine that all I ever use; fit my style of playing.
 

grimlyflick

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Joined
Oct 27, 2005
Messages
1,277
Ernie Ball 11-48 Power Slinkys.

I used to use 11-54 Beefy Slinkys when I was younger and gigged more, but nowadays the plain 22 messes with my fingertips so I’m back down to Power Slinkys.
 
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Wizard1183

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10s. I’d like to try a 13 on the bottom. But what’s the point? I don’t the how guitarists did it back in the day? It’s not like their low E was 54+. But using heavier gauge on l lighter strings I could probably handle. But they don’t make them so Erney ball slinky 10s green pack
 

Dave P

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Oct 13, 2001
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1,006
Been using 10's for around 30 years. I dabbled with heavier gauge strings 20 years ago, but they gave me tendonitis and I had to stop playing for a month. So I won't be doing that again. I've dabbled with lighter strings of late, but they seem floppy for me. I do have a Tele strung up with 9-46, so I can do those pedal steel bends easier. If my hand arthritis continues to get worse, I will drop down the gauges accordingly to keep playing, but for now I can still play 10's.
 

Bryansamui

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Joined
Jul 1, 2022
Messages
202
Used to use 10's.. Moved to 8's after Hand nerve damage.. Never looked back. Tighter less woofy bass.More clarity.
Jimmy Page used 8s . Enjoyed his live tone.
 

shadowbox

Member
Joined
Jan 28, 2024
Messages
10
I had 9s loved it buy maybe a bit too loose, so put 10s on. 10s feel more right, for double stops, chords, and ok with most bends, but I do miss bending beyond one whole stop. What rest think of this? Thanks.
I played 11s forever. Just switched to 10s. Wish I'd done it years ago.
 

charliechitlins

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Nov 16, 2021
Messages
1,109
I was up to 11s.
But on some guitars I found them thunky and used 10s.
Now I've had FIVE hand surgeries and have 9s on everything; including jazz boxes.
I'm used to them and like the snap.
 
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