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    String Gauge - What do you use?

    My CU22 came from the factory with 10's and I've left it that way. Lately I've been considering a change to a lighter gauge. I've used a 9.5 set on my Tele that I like. I tried a set on the CU22 but it would require a trem setup to work so I changed back to 10's. I'll be changing pups on the guitar soon so I was thinking about making string gauge change at the same time. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on 9 vs 10 gauge strings.

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    Elixir Nanoweb 10-46. I prefer the feel of 10's to 9's. I like the Elixir 11's as well and use those for Drop C.
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    Ernie Ball Cobalts 9 - 42 on all of my guitars.

    I played Paul's guitar Monday at the Meet & Greet for Paul at my local shop, and it had 10s on it I believe.
    I am use to 9s, so the 10s felt a little strange on it.

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    Elixir Nanos here as well. On my P22 I sub an 11 and 14 for the E and B for a little fatter tone.
    On Fender scale stuff I use a 9-42 set with a 10 and 13 on top.

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    I use the PRS .010s. I like the feel and the tone. I was told they're a pure nickel wrap, maybe that's why.

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    I've stayed with D'Addario 10-46 but recently tried the Elixir Nano's and was very impressed. I've used DR 10's but always had a buzz in the D string, maybe a setup tweak was required. I did like the PRS 10's too but mostly come back to D'Addario. Haven't tried the EB Cobalts although I have used a Slinky 11 set on my Strat tuned down a half step.

    As someone mentioned I was concerned about tone loss dropping to the 9 set.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

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    Ernie Ball Regular Slinkys, 10-46. They sound great and they last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage View Post
    Ernie Ball Regular Slinkys, 10-46. They sound great and they last.
    +1. Most of the time I just change them out of habit rather than need.
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    11-48 or 49 Mangan or D'Addario or sometimes Ball Slinky, depending on if I want to get the best and spend $6 a set or go cheap and buy bulk for $3 a set.

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    D'Addario 10-46
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzedout View Post
    D'Addario 10-46
    Same here, although I'm looking at other options.
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    I use whatever is on hand on my SE One. Right now I am playing 11's on my SE One (I forget the brand). However, on my HB II i play D'Addario jazz light with the wound G.
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    DR Tite fit 10-46 is my string these days
    Used to be a 9s guy until I started on the PRS thing
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    PRS 9s on CE22, Santana SE & SE Semi-Hollow w/Bigsby
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    This really should be a poll.

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    10-52 on stoptail/2 piece bridge guitars, and 11-52 on Trem equipped guitars. The little bit of give on a trem guitar makes the 11s easier to bend and a little extra bite and sustain.

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    I used to user D'Addario 9.5s all the time but they are hard to get over the counter in France so switched back to regular 9s.

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    Love 9.5 Tite Fits on my 25" and 10's on the 24.5". I was playing 9's on my SECU24, and they were super fast, but I was overshooting bends and it sounded a bit thin. Switched to the 9.5's like I'd been using on another PRS and it really fattened up. Going 10's to 9's is a big jump, but 9.5's feel more like a really comfortable set of 10's. Totally hooked on 'em! OP, if you feel like the 10's are fighting you a bit, 9.5's will cure your ills.
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    I played 9's for years but when I started playing A LOT over the past couple of years I found it hard to FEEL the .9' thru the calluses on my finger tips. I so went back to .10's, I can feel them better and it helps me in my attempted to bend to pitch. ...And have considered .11's.
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    Sounds like the 9.5's might be worth the effort to try. I do like them on my Tele, so they should feel really nice on the CU22 trem.

    Good stuff y'all, thanks!

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