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Rick Beato, "You're Probably Using the Wrong Strings"

marshall1987

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Sounds silly, but Nashville is the only town I've lived in where you can find 9.5s of some brand in every shop.

Yeah! Ain't that a hoot! Right in the heart of Dolly Land......:ha:laugh2:

And to think that 9.5s are the new metric 0.0241 cm.
 

jrgtr42

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I'm using the right size for me. 10 - 46. Preferably all nickel - Gibson Les Paul or DR Pure Blues. occasionally EB if I have no other choice.
anything lighter I break almost immediately. I know a bunch of masters use 8s or even 7s - I'd likely rip the whole set right off my guitar on the first strum.
I keep 11's on one guitar that I often keep tuned a half-step down - but that one has a wonky neck that bows back no matter what if I have 10s on.
(yes, I've worked the truss rod forever in it.)
 

jimmi

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Amazing how people develop allegences to Strings. I prefer 10s on Gibson scale length and 9s on Fender scale length. Lighter strings can brighten up the sound of a guitar and sound livelier. I like the feel of heavier gauge for playing fast. All tools. Currently have 3 different guages on different guitars.
 

J.D.

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There's no one size fits all.

I couldn't imagine SRV playing 8s nor could I imagine Clapton playing 12s.
 

SpencerD

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Edited to remove personal attack and vulgar language - please refrain. Thank you.

If you think an internet video about your string gauge is going to help you.......you are in serious trouble.
 
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Dave P

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Use whatever gauge you prefer. Isn't that what it really boils down to? Rick Beato isn't playing your guitar, you are.
 

Mattyboy75

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I have yet to have been able to make it through one of his videos
I agree. I tried to watch one of his Titled: 10 most underrated solos of all time.
they weren’t underrated they were just unheard of!
it was 9 songs I had never heard plus one from soundgarden with a weird solo.
Underrated? it should have been called 10 solos no one listens to!
 

JASIII

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I have yet to have been able to make it through one of his videos



Every time I click on one of his videos and Rhett Shull appears I'm out. That is one guy who has done absolutely zero to make me care what he thinks about anything related to guitar. Same with Chris Buck. Those two guys can go make youtube videos for each other to watch and admire for all I care. Get back to me when you've done something other than make clickbait videos.
 

garywright

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Every time I click on one of his videos and Rhett Shull appears I'm out. That is one guy who has done absolutely zero to make me care what he thinks about anything related to guitar. Same with Chris Buck. Those two guys can go make youtube videos for each other to watch and admire for all I care. Get back to me when you've done something other than make clickbait videos.

:laugh2::salude
 

Mattyboy75

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Out of interest, I play 9’s on my strat as it feels super slinky and when I bought my 2004 Les Paul standard, the little sticker was still on the (unfitted) scratchplate. It said This guitar is fitted with Burstbuckers and 0.9 strings, so Gibson clearly think that is the optimum string or at least they did back then. I have restrung it with 9’s and its pretty good to me. Doesn’t feel as loose as the strat does.
 

LeonC

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I remember watching this video when someone pointed it out on the gear page a while back. I found the premise that skinnier strings produce more low-end, and are therefore more desirable to be kinda weird/misguided. First off...why do "we" need more low end? What if we're happy with our sound?

Moreover, if I need more low end, I'll first be inclined to make sure I'm using the right amp and guitar for the job. Some guitars are more-midrangey or brighter than others, for example. And some cabs/amps just don't produce much low end due to circuit or speaker or cab limitations. So, geeze, first use the right tools for the job! Man...if I need more low end, I'll probably be inclined to turn up the bass on my amp first.

If I'm having a really hard time bending strings on some guitar, then I'll consider using lighter strings on that guitar. Or if my strings don't last long, tend to break or sound dull/lifeless, then I'll consider another brand or type of string...but I don't see string gauges as the most effective way to control my overall tonal balance when there are so many more effective ways.
 

O Riley

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Like most everyone, 10's on the Standards... but 11's on my Gretsch White Falcon.
Works like a charm and they really do last a long time.
 
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