I think that's the bottom line. Nothing more personal than strings and you just need to try a bunch of different sorts. Frankly I find that with each guitar it takes a little bit of experimentation to find the right strings.Nobody can tell you what will work. You just have to experiment.
Interesting observation. I've seen the same thing. I started playing around 1970 and used .008's and .009's. Broke quite a few. When I moved up to .010's I noticed slightly "fatter" sound and a tad more sustain. Also, string breakage stopped. Am using .011's now. All that said, when I was young it was all about volume and distortion. Only hard rock. Strings didn't matter (or so I thought) Now, my band plays 60's classic rock and blues, and it's all about clean tone. Where I'm going with this is as we get older, our tastes seem to become more refined, and we gain experience. Then we get better sounding amps and guitars, and the "little" things like strings start to matter a lot more.D'Addario XL's. I typically setup most guitars with their "Light" set, .10-46. For my personal guitars, I prefer their light top/heavy bottom set, .10-.52. Honestly, I think the bottom is just a touch heavier than it needs to be...feels a bit unbalanced. .10-.50 would be perfect for me, IMHO. I think the GHS Eric Johnson set goes .10-.50. I may try those again, though I tried them once and decided I really liked D'Addarios.
One interesting trend I've noticed over the years is that string preferences appear to be getting heavier. Growing up, it seems like everyone was playing with .009s and even .008s. Now everyone seems to be playing with .010s and .011s. I wonder if that's a general trend, or just a TGP trend?
Same here. Have not changed strings in two months and they still play and sound great. I use the same gage as well. Hate floppy strings 11s don't flop!I use Dean Markley Blue Steel 11-52 on both my Strat and my Daion. Good sustain and tone, and they last a lot longer than others I've used.