Back on topic I've been playing 9's for a while now and I think I'm going to go back to 10's. The feel is weird under my fingertips and the bare strings are leaving stinging marks in my tips. My guitar also sounds thin and shrill, so I'm thinking more mass=more bottom toanz... can't hurt! Please don't tell ol rufty-tufty! I don't want a punch inna mouth! I tried it his way, just not workin' out for me. Sorry!