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TheHeavy
10-25-2010, 11:22 AM
Any rules too follow?.....
meaning, should be worried about running 11-52's on my VOS, mabe heavier? I got an 08' slash VOS with a short tenon.

Dev...in
10-25-2010, 11:39 AM
i dont think you should worry but I never play anything heavier than 11's in standard tuning

RocksOff
10-25-2010, 04:05 PM
Mine likes 10s.

Guitarworks
10-25-2010, 08:53 PM
They come from the factory with 9s. I like 9s or 10s on a Les Paul, and I think the LP neck likes either one of those gauges best. I once set up a Les Paul with 11s and I found them to be too stiff. The neck on this particular LP needed a considerable amount of backbow to counteract the tension. The truss rod nut was really starting to snug down and I had to tighten it beyond what I felt was a reasonable or safe point. Nothing bad happened. I kept the 11s on for a week then took them off because playing the guitar started feeling like an acoustic workout.

diagrammatiks
10-25-2010, 09:12 PM
you can do thirteens if your action is high enough.

You're pushing the limits of the strings at that point though. You don't really want to go above 23 pounds of tension of an unwound string or 33 for a wound string.

HEY!YOU!
10-25-2010, 09:18 PM
Be like Jimmy, extra super slinky....

Jimmy P
10-25-2010, 09:21 PM
mine likes 10's as well. Nickel round core of course.

djw
10-26-2010, 12:30 AM
My LP Std is perfectly happy with 11s.

zhivago
10-26-2010, 06:31 AM
I'm happy with 10s, at the moment :)

cvansickle
10-26-2010, 06:48 AM
I've used 10s on my Pauls for at least 20 years. But lately I'm more into playing my Strats and super-Strats, and they have 9s. I'm thinking about dropping the Pauls to a 9.5 set. Any thoughts?

MRCHILL4
10-26-2010, 06:49 AM
always used 10's

M@tt C
10-26-2010, 07:22 AM
10's in standard tuning, 11's if I'm tuned down to Eb

Brien
10-26-2010, 09:04 AM
You can use any string gauge you like on a Les Paul-8's to 13's. Truss rod adjustments may be needed. I use 11's on mine, anything lighter feels too loose to me.

BlueHeaven
10-26-2010, 10:14 AM
I use a 10.5 set.

OldSchool
10-26-2010, 10:43 AM
I do a custom slinky set of 11-48. ;):bow

wpod
10-26-2010, 10:48 AM
I use .10's on my Les Paul's and .11's on my Esquires/Tele

hammersig
10-26-2010, 10:49 AM
11-56 in Eb for me. No issues other than setting them up for that guage.

Bluedawg
10-26-2010, 12:02 PM
I do 12s on my "jazz" guitars ...

but I'm beginning to think 9s work best on LPs ... love that spanky splinky slinky sound on an LP

:bonk

theruley
10-26-2010, 12:17 PM
10-52 FTW

JDouglee
10-26-2010, 03:46 PM
I've used 10s on my Pauls for at least 20 years. But lately I'm more into playing my Strats and super-Strats, and they have 9s. I'm thinking about dropping the Pauls to a 9.5 set. Any thoughts?
Love the 9.5 sets, on just about anything. ;)

Metalrulez
10-26-2010, 07:37 PM
9 or 10's. Why put steel cable on a guitar?

Rickfox
10-26-2010, 07:47 PM
9.5s Fo Sho!! Strat styles 9's, LP's 9.5's! I just discovered them as I've been on 9's for 30+ yrs. Always hated the way the high E would slip off the fingerboard! Tried
10's, too stiff...

shredtrash
10-26-2010, 07:48 PM
11's on a LP are perfect for me!

arfalax
10-26-2010, 09:05 PM
10's on my R8 are perfect. Just acquired a R7 that came with Power Slinky's 11-48's. When I went to play it, I thought the guy had changed the strings, the high strings felt like 9's compared to my R8.

SteveGaines
10-26-2010, 09:27 PM
My good friend Tom "TK" Keckler got me to playing 10's on a Strat years ago..He said.."IF YOU CAN PLAY 10'S ON A STRAT..You should play 11's On a Paul"..Shorter Scale..It works for me too..BIGGER FATTER SOUND on both guitars..Plus the way he sets them up, they play like butter...

AJ Love
01-14-2011, 02:26 PM
I've been going back and forth on 9-42's or 10-46's on my Les Paul Traditional. They both have their advantages ...

Hamer95USA
01-14-2011, 04:49 PM
.046-.009 strings for me. The light top/heavy bottom sounds great and feels right to my hands after being a guy who has played .046-.010 for a long time.

Guitar George

Whiskey N Beans
01-14-2011, 05:35 PM
11's on a LP are perfect for me!

This. The 11/52 blue steel strings work great and they come with a choice if a wound .20 or unwound .18 third string. I use the wound one. Sounds/plays great. No stress on the big, beefy, 50's neck on my R4 LP Custom.

wizard333
01-14-2011, 08:15 PM
you can do thirteens if your action is high enough.

You're pushing the limits of the strings at that point though. You don't really want to go above 23 pounds of tension of an unwound string or 33 for a wound string.


Huh?

I use the following sets on my 3 LPs and other guitars of that scale length, all standard pitch, and my action is LOW LOW LOW:

13-17-22p-34-46-62
13-17-22p-36-49-66
14-19-24p-36-49-66
14-19-24p-35flat-48flat-65flat.

You don't want high action with that sort of gauge due to the vector of force on the neck. MY LPs don't come near maxing the truss rod with those gauges, even in a dry winter, although it would take a lot more tightening of the rod to do it if the action were high.

No idea what the poster I quoted was talking about, but it was incorrect.

BigPapiFan
01-15-2011, 08:03 AM
9 - 46 pure nickel on my LP Special. Brands that I like: Curt Mangan, GHS Big Core (actually 9.5 - 48), Gibson Les Paul Signature, SIT Power Groove. I generally use the gauge on all my electrics, except I sometimes use 10 - 46 on my semis.

John C
01-15-2011, 09:05 AM
I used .009-.046 on the last LP had had and I'm using them on my Collings 290 (clost to LP scale; the Collings are 24 7/8" scale). Nice mix of having bendability on the plain strings and power on the wound strings.

However, I'm still looking for the best brand - the shop were I got the guitar put on Ernie Balls, but lately I've tried both GHS Boomers and DRs but will probably go back to EBs. I really don't care for D'Addarios; I haven't used them for years.

EADGBE
01-15-2011, 12:38 PM
...I'm beginning to think 9s work best on LPs ... love that spanky splinky slinky sound on an LP

:bonk

Me too. I use 9s on all of my electrics.

BigPapiFan
01-15-2011, 03:14 PM
I used .009-.046 on the last LP had had and I'm using them on my Collings 290 (clost to LP scale; the Collings are 24 7/8" scale). Nice mix of having bendability on the plain strings and power on the wound strings.

However, I'm still looking for the best brand - the shop were I got the guitar put on Ernie Balls, but lately I've tried both GHS Boomers and DRs but will probably go back to EBs. I really don't care for D'Addarios; I haven't used them for years.


You owe it to yourself to try a set of Curt Mangan's Pure Nickel 9 - 46 or GHS Rene Martinez Big Core 9.5 - 48.

T.L.
01-15-2011, 04:18 PM
009-011-016-026-036-046

felixq78
08-26-2012, 06:23 AM
I've used 10s on my Pauls for at least 20 years. But lately I'm more into playing my Strats and super-Strats, and they have 9s. I'm thinking about dropping the Pauls to a 9.5 set. Any thoughts?
Don't make the disastrous error of using the same gauge on your Les Paul as your Strat or Tele. Les Pauls have a different scale neck so 010s on a LP will feel like 009s on a Strat.
Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster 25.5″ 647.77 mm Gibson Les Paul or SG 24.75″ 628.65 mm

kinmike
08-26-2012, 11:56 AM
Don't make the disastrous error of using the same gauge on your Les Paul as your Strat or Tele. Les Pauls have a different scale neck so 010s on a LP will feel like 009s on a Strat.
Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster 25.5″ 647.77 mm Gibson Les Paul or SG 24.75″ 628.65 mm

Yep. 10's on a Strat equates to 11's on LP scale.

Mike

bluesjuke
08-26-2012, 12:16 PM
10-46 on everything I have, Fenders & Gibsons.
I like the Fender feel like a Fender and the Gibson to feel like a Gibson.

IOW, I appreciate the feels of different scale lengths.

Flyin' Brian
08-26-2012, 12:25 PM
you can do thirteens if your action is high enough.

You're pushing the limits of the strings at that point though. You don't really want to go above 23 pounds of tension of an unwound string or 33 for a wound string.

Why? I know jazz guys who go as high as 16s on hollow body arch tops. Is the Les Paul neck not as strong as an arch top neck?

77custom
08-26-2012, 12:56 PM
They come from the factory with 9s.

No, they come with 10's. Check the site.

majorbanjo
08-26-2012, 01:08 PM
I like DR blues....11's on my LP......I play 10's on my strat....and tele...

korus
08-26-2012, 01:23 PM
10-46 Brite Wires (nickel plated) or Vintage Reissues (pure nickel), both hex core

When gauges are discussed the "fatter strings - fatter tone" gospel is always the only aspect of it being mentioned. It is physics. But there is another "pure physics" aspect to it. Fatter strings require greater tension in order to achieve same pitch. Greater tension has 2 effects :

- strings vibrate for shorter time (less sustain) when plucked with the same force and most players compensate for this by using greater attack - in the end there is a lesser dynamic range being covered

- strings vibrate less freely cause they are more stiff which means that harmonics 'die' faster - the tone has more fundamental and less overtones/harmonics (just compare Page 9s and Kossoff 11s)

IMO it is not only easy bending what made many LP player play lighter gauges. It was and still is mostly richer tone with greater dynamic range.
I've found that 10-46 (standard tuning) is the best compromise on a LP, both tone-wise AND feel-wise, at least for me.