Comfort vs "Tone"

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  1. rich2k4

    rich2k4 Supporting Member

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    currently, on my fender guitars i use a hybrid set of 9-46

    i used 10-46 for a while, but i didn't like the tension for bending. However the tone was good. I like the 9-46 set because i can do easy bending while the low strings give a good bass. However i miss the feel of 10's when it comes to chords, etc.

    in this situation would you pick comfort (9-46) over tone? (10-46)

    whenever i had 10-46 on fender guitars, it just didn't feel right to me, even though the tone was good.
     
  2. Stratobuc

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    I would use the 10's, as they sound better. You'll get used to bending them. If they feel too tight, you probably need to do some finger strengthening exercises.
     
  3. phoenix 7

    phoenix 7 Silver Supporting Member

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    Tone over comfort. Man up and practice a lot with the 10's! :D
     
  4. Jazzydave

    Jazzydave Seeker Silver Supporting Member

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    Try this - step up to a set of 11s or about a month. When you move to the 10s, it won't seem so bad!

    Seriously though, once you get used to heavier strings, you'll find that you not only have better tone, you'll also have better control over your bends.

    I used 9s in the beginning (by default of course) and about 10 yrs ago, I moved to 11s and haven't ever turned back. In fact, I even use 12s depending on what I'm after.

    Here's one more tip to get you "moved up" - try running your licks on an acoustic when practicing. When I'm woodshedding for a project, I usually build my daily runs on the acoustic. When I turn on the electricity, WOW!
     
  5. dmaji1

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    harden up and use 11's
     
  6. Help!I'maRock!

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    they're 10s. its really not that big a deal.
     
  7. shane88

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    the idea that 10s sound better than 9s is crap > it's a fiction propagated by peeps into pain...

    noted 9 (or less) users inc > page, jimi, billy gibbons, er u get the pic
     
  8. halorealm7

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    10-42's are your answer. Go look at some Curt Mangan's. You can get nickels for about $8.
     
  9. Tone_Terrific

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    If you play better with 9-46 use 9-46.
    Execution rules over tone.
     
  10. Flyin' Brian

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    The tone can be manufactured to an extent, so I agree with the above.

    Or

    Maybe you could try some 9.5s
     
  11. Jim Soloway

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    A guitar is first and foremost tool. It should be used in whatever manner allows you to be most productive.
     
  12. Jef Bardsley

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    You've perhaps heard the expression, "tone is in your fingers"? If you can push 9's around more easily than 10's, you'll have more control and play better.
     
  13. Mark EL

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    Try playing an acoustic with "mediums" for a month or so.....
     
  14. Jazzydave

    Jazzydave Seeker Silver Supporting Member

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    For some people, heavier strings do sound better and even feel better. For me, 9s are like loose rubber bands on the fret board. I also find that the heavier strings stay in tune better for me. The key words there being "for me."

    And the idea that changing strings (regardless of whether its up or down) is as you put it, "crap." I immediately hear the difference when using different strings.

    It sounds like the OP feels the same way...nothing wrong with that!
     
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  15. Kaji13

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    Whatever works best for you. 9's, 10's, 11's...whatever you want. I tend to go lighter for more modern stuff and heavier for more "classic-y" things.
     
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    I use 10s but it's all about comfort for me.
     
  18. kselbee

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    I vote comfort. I've tried heavier strings and while I feel I can really dig in and hit my chords really hard, my lead playing suffers. Maybe you need a guitar for each :)
     
  19. rob2001

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    I think you gotta go with what feels right first. Whats the point of a tonal improvement if you can't play it like you want to?

    I kindof agree with Shane..... In the heat of a performance, I don't notice a big difference at all between 9's and 10's in tone. The difference is the feel, which in turn affects the overall sound.

    However, I recently went to 11's to try it out and I notice better intonation and more equal temperment in tuning up and down the fretboard when chording.

    When I went to 11's, at first it felt different, mostly on bends, but I got used to it and it feels normal now.

    I'll be staying with 11's, not because I think they sound better, not because I can play better, and not because i'm a man....I like the intonation in chording.
     
  20. Stratobuc

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    Yeah, I think I'll drop some 9's on my acoustic - since gauge matters none to tone and they're easier on the fingers.......Thanks for the tip. Do they make 8's or 7's?
     

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