9s Or 10s On A Strat?

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9s or 10s on a strat

  1. 9s

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  2. 10s

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  1. Flatline

    Flatline Well-Known Member

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    Been tweaking with my MIA strat and realizing that my lack of bonding with it may be the strings. It's always had 9-42 strings on it. Most of my other guitars have 10s.

    What say you?!
     
  2. jamdogg

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    EB Super Slinky 9s only on a super strat - D'addario pure nickel EPN110s on everything else.

    YMMV.
     
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    I use D'Addario 10-46s on my Strats.
     
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    10-46 for any guitar if i'm in standard tuning

    playing around with different brands at the moment. i played dean markley blue steels for years. recently tried a set of d'addario nyxls and liked them

    just put on a set ernie ball cobalts
     
  5. kungphugrip

    kungphugrip Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    pfft, 9s on everything except PRS 245 and Fender Jaguar.
     
  6. voodoorat

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    i split the difference and put d'addario .0095s on the strat.
     
  7. CyFan4036

    CyFan4036 Well-Known Member

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    GHS Boomers 10-48
     
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    Powertrip240 Well-Known Member

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    I like 9's on everything other than shredders.
     
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    just put a set of each try them out there is enough variance in any line of guitars that you have to test the waters personally I like a hybrid on strats 9-46 but I have been playing 9-42 for about 40 years don't break strings don't go out of tune , but that's me
     
  10. PsychoCid

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    EB slinky 9s downtuned to Eb
    On everything
     
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    stormin1155 Well-Known Member

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    I have one strat with a Kahler trem and locking nut that feels very stiff with 10s, so 9s on that, but 10s on the other six. On some I run 10-52.
     
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    super duper slinkies
     
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    Yeah prezactly. On a Strat of course, and then even slinkier on a Paul!

    And on Strats, you get a floyd, which means a D-tuna to make the low E even slinkier.

    Prime Slink.
     
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    I like 10-38 sets for strat.
     
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    Wow. Didn't see that coming.

    I understand George Lynch uses 10-42 (heavy treble strings, light bass 3).
     
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    Superstrat HH (Ibanez SA220EX)—11-49 or 50 for me, get some heft behind those bends! Elixirs or D'Addario XL Chromes, depending on what I happen to have kickin' around at the moment—a friend gave me a set of half-rounds, might try those next … anybody use Thomastiks?
     
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    I use 9's on everything.
     
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    I usually use 10s but I just don't like the way the high e feels with .09s. Both work just fine.
     
  20. andrewsrea

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    For 2 decades I used 10's. After a hiatus, put 9's on everything to get my fingers back in shape. Been that way for a decade and now am finding my way back to 10's.

    Obviously, my Eb tuned American Standard Strat is 10's and feels great. Contrary to physics and scientific guitar beliefs, my 24.75 scale guitars are feeling tight with 9's and my Affinity Strat at 25.5 scale feels loose with 9's.

    So, I understand your question well. I am thinking you audition different strings on the guitars that don't feel or sound right to you.

    Then leave the others alone. That is key, as I heard a quote the other day from a guitar player said "It wouldn't be the first time I tweaked myself out of a good tone!" I've done this many times.
     
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