What string gauge on your Tele ?

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  1. C_Becker

    C_Becker Dat Gibson smell Premium Member

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    Just curious, I am using 10-46 at the moment, but I am considering going to 11-49 here as well.
    I always get a bit of buzz when hitting harder, so maybe thicker strings would help instead of raising the action.
     
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    jaycoyoyo Senior Member

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    Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom which are 10-52. Usually my Tele is tuned to open D, and I like thicker strings in that tuning.

    --Jay
     
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    RichBrew Senior Member

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    9-42 of any brand, as with all my electric guitars bar the lap steel.
     
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    efstop Senior Member

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    9-42, but it's my first Tele so I don't know any better.
     
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    10-52 GHS Boomers right now. My Tele is short scale.
     
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    10-46 Ernie Balls
     
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    Al Walker Senior Member

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    9-42 D'Addario on most all my guitars. Although I may try 8s on my Les Paul Tribute. For some reason it plays like a truck (in feel only)
     
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    SpareRibs Senior Member

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    Hello,
    Part of the original sound was produced with heavy gauge strings. I think heavier gauge strings project more volume and tone. It wasn't until very later on that anything other than 12 - 52 sets came along.
    Given that people chase authentic everything on Telecaster guitars, string gauge should be part of that quest.
     
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    I get that perhaps thicker strings could give more volume, all else being equal in terms of signal chain, but how do you get "more tone"? Perhaps a different tone or a thicker tone? How do you quantify tone?
     
  10. C_Becker

    C_Becker Dat Gibson smell Premium Member

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    Tried out 11-49, the unwound strings are a little stiff for my taste.
    After trying out the 10-52 set on my Les Pauls and really liking it, I decided to go with it for the Tele as well.

    The D-string is a little tight maybe, but I'll get used to it. Its not like I do a whole lot of bending on the D-string anyway. Mostly just a little vibrato.
     
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    sonar Senior Member

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    10-52, same as my Jazzmaster, Strat, Les Paul and Coronet.

    I've thought about 9's, but I already have a bunch of different gauges for my guitars. .11's on the Gretsch's, .12 Flats on the Jazz box, .12 Phosphor for the Martin, .15's on the Resonator. As it is the Fender's and Gibson solidbodies are the only two guitar styles that share the same size gauge in the stable.
     
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    D'Addario EXL110 Nickel Wound Regular Light 10-46 on every fiddle since 1979 :)
     
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    I use Ernie Ball Power Slinkys on my Teles and indeed on all my electrics. I tried a set of 10s on a guitar a week ago and they feel odd to me.
     
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    EB 10-46.
     
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    D'Addario 10-46 on all my Fenders. I like the brightness of them for those guitars.
     
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    I just got mine. A 2006 American Deluxe Ash. First Fender since my very first electric guitar. A Fender Lead II. I haven't put new strings on it. The guy who owned it before me, takes really good care of his guitars, has them setup nice, etc. He's a regular buyer/seller.

    I'm guessing, because of the ball ends... hybrids. And I'm assuming NYXL probably 9-42. Same as on my Kramer.

    I might have to try 10s... but I really like the 9s on the Tele. 10s on Gibsons, and Ibanez.
     
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    Been flirting with the hybrid EB set on my strats..the 9-46..but if I had a tele, I'd probably want to try the 10-52 heavy bottom/skinny top set.
     
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    D'Adarrio XL 110w; .010-.046 with a wound G.
     
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    I run 10-46 DR pure blues. I ran the GHS burnished nickles for a while but I've come back around to the pure blues. Love em
     
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    C_Becker Dat Gibson smell Premium Member

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    And back to 11-49 lol.
    I think those are going to stay for a while. I decided to trade off bending for better balance and less buzz.
     

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