OK, this may have been answered in the past, but fresh information is always better. I think 9 gauge is good but my not shred-friendly maple american deluxe ash strat is kind of asking for 10s. I'm not sure if it makes a difference through the amp, but I think thicker strings will feel a lot better in my hands. I'm talking about expressive playing and a sort of rewarding "resistance" from the strings. I have a 9s equipped Brian Moore for the shredding stuff, so, should I go for it? The only thing that scares me is the nut modification, which I can't do myself. Suggestions?