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Unread 03-20-2011, 04:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What strings gauge do you use in your les pauls? Do you think 9-42 are too soft for les paul? Do you think 10-46 are better for les paul? Probably bigger gauge gives better tone. What do you think? I heard that jimi page used 9-42 for his les paul. Please, share your opinions
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Unread 03-20-2011, 05:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: strings gauge for les paul

I like 10 to 52 myself, gives you a bit fater gauge for the g, b & e strings. 11 are nice for drop tuning. what do you like>>
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Re: strings gauge for les paul

I kindly suggest doing a search on this subject, rather than trying to start another thread. Honestly, there's at least a million threads you can find.
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Re: strings gauge for les paul

I use Ernie Ball Super Slinky 9-42 on mine and they sound great. Although, they are not the greatest strings for Drop-D but I don't play much Drop-D music. I play mostly Classic and Southern Rock so those strings suite me well.
My suggestion would be to experiment with different gauges and brands to find what you like best.


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Re: strings gauge for les paul

I use Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky's, 9-46....easy bends on the high strings and nice chunk on the lower stings. There are some very well known guitarists that use 8's....
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Re: strings gauge for les paul

I'm a 10-46 guy. They fight back just enough but still allow for easy string vibrato.
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Re: strings gauge for les paul

i use 10-46 they must have had a reason to put them on there to begin with.
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Re: strings gauge for les paul

Personally I've been using 08s after returning to guitar playing with a vengeance after a gap of about 15 years....However, am now thinking of moving to 09s as I'm not sure I'm getting enough 'beef' from the lighter strings - solos and higher note riffs just sound a bit tinny.

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Re: strings gauge for les paul

I have been using ernie ball skinny tops heavy bottoms which are essentially 10s on the G, B, and E strings and are light enough to rip off solos and are 12s on the E, A, and D strings and have a great tone for playing rythme parts...
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Re: strings gauge for les paul

My '94 Std was strung up to .014 Very jazzy... Now I use standard .010 sets on my Custom, she doesn't sound right with extreme gauges. It's a matter of taste, and tolerance to pain ;-)
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I use Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky's, 9-46....easy bends on the high strings and nice chunk on the lower stings. There are some very well known guitarists that use 8's....
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thick enough gauge on the bass strings for good beef and tremolo picking, and thinner gauge on the trebles for full note+ bends. It's perfect for me.
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I like to tune down and these strings don't "flap".

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Re: strings gauge for les paul

Please, just put "string guage" in the search box and you will find more than enough about this subject. FWIW....use whatever guage YOU like, not what Jimmy Page uses or Slash etc!!!
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please, just put "string guage" in the search box and you will find more than enough about this subject. Fwiw....use whatever guage you like, not what jimmy page uses or slash etc!!!
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Please, just put "string guage" in the search box and you will find more than enough about this subject. FWIW....use whatever guage YOU like, not what Jimmy Page uses or Slash etc!!!
No offense by any means, but I think he has the right to start a thread if he wants, why not let a mod decide. I am sure they will close the thread if it is not deemed worthy. Regards
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What strings gauge do you use in your les pauls? Do you think 9-42 are too soft for les paul? Do you think 10-46 are better for les paul? Probably bigger gauge gives better tone. What do you think? I heard that jimi page used 9-42 for his les paul. Please, share your opinions
I believe Pagey used either .008 or .009's. Cheers.
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No offense by any means, but I think he has the right to start a thread if he wants, why not let a mod decide. I am sure they will close the thread if it is not deemed worthy. Regards
No offense either but I never said the OP didn't have "the right" to start a thread. I was actually trying to help the OP as he would get answers to his questions much quicker using the search box rather than waiting for folks to respond to HIS thread.

And yes, it's common courtesy on most forums that if you have a very basic question especially one that's been beaten to death and has more opinions than we have members, that you do a search FIRST using the search box. Odds are your answer is already there. If I'm not mistaken, most forums actually have a tutorial saying exactly that. It's designed for those who are new to forums.

Not to mention, it'll save the OP from getting blasted by some of the "not so tolerant" members.

Now, I also have "the right" to start a thread but do you suggest I start a thread asking....."Which pick is the BEST pick?"...or better yet.... "Do thicker strings give you better tone?"

Again, I was attempting to help the OP.
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I kindly suggest doing a search on this subject, rather than trying to start another thread. Honestly, there's at least a million threads you can find.
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Re: strings gauge for les paul

I bounce between 9's, 10's and hybrids and still can't decide where to settle in. If you are a fairly new player your fingers will appreciate the 9's. I like my action really low and 9's tend to buzz more with low action. If you find that 10's are too stiff when bending and 9's buzz to much on the low strings then try some Hybrid Slinky's.
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Wow, no one here uses 11's?

I was doing some tracking in the studio, and having problems staying in tune (I have a pretty hard attack).

Switched to 11's, and I'll never look back. More work to bend on them, but the tone is great. I feel like the extra tension locks the guitar in tune, and it really "wakes up" the wood too. You can feel the guitar resonate more in your hands.
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Wow, no one here uses 11's?

I was doing some tracking in the studio, and having problems staying in tune (I have a pretty hard attack).

Switched to 11's, and I'll never look back. More work to bend on them, but the tone is great. I feel like the extra tension locks the guitar in tune, and it really "wakes up" the wood too. You can feel the guitar resonate more in your hands.
On a jazz box, maybe. Bending them over one whole step puts too much relief in the neck.

Banjo strings on the top are good enough for Page and Gibbons, they're good enough for me. I use the aforementioned 9-46 hybrids - heavier bottom but NOT for "da tonz", rather they don't go sharp as easily when fretted too hard.
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I use 10-46 on all my guitars. I just switched my PRS over from the factory 9's. 10's are just a good balance for me. They stay in tune well and have a little more beef. It's up to you though.
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Brite Wire .09s for me. On all my Les Pauls. They chime beautifully.
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Wow, no one here uses 11's?

I was doing some tracking in the studio, and having problems staying in tune (I have a pretty hard attack).

Switched to 11's, and I'll never look back. More work to bend on them, but the tone is great. I feel like the extra tension locks the guitar in tune, and it really "wakes up" the wood too. You can feel the guitar resonate more in your hands.
I use 11's. I love GHS Burnish Nickels in 11s and Progressives in 11s. I was using exclusively Infinity Steels until GHS discontinued them, they were the most magnificent set of strings I've ever had to rip at !
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10-46 on all my Les Pauls. Most of my Les Pauls came with this string gauge and I want to keep using this gauge to preserve the same tension on the neck, thus avoiding the potential setback of a neck reset.

The other thing that I insist on (and this is just what I like and not general advice for others) is pure nickel electric guitar stings. The reason I prefer pure nickel is to reduce as much fret wear as possible. Yeah, I know about the tonal debate regarding the composition of metals in the string, but I like what I get out of the pure nickel and I like knowing that my frets will last a little longer. No preference: EB, GHS, Gibson, Fender, DR, D'Addario, etc. are all good to me.

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11's all the way. 10's would be the absolute lowest i'd go.
i wouldn't use 9's even if you were pointing a gun to my face.
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I kindly suggest doing a search on this subject, rather than trying to start another thread. Honestly, there's at least a million threads you can find.
I'm new here and already tired of hearing people telling other people to search before you post , (10-46 De'addario) if you are getting tired of reading the same posts stop reading, I do search the threads but I am not going to spend all day reading a million of them as you have already counted.
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