Yesterday I picked up a 2005 Gibson SG Faded that is in E standard with Ernie Ball 9-42 strings. I almost never use 9's in standard because they are too floppy, but on this guitar they feel great! The SG plays fantastic. Perfect amount of tension on the picking hand. Not too floppy at all. I am liking the feel of the SG so much that I am trying to setup my Les Paul custom the same way. And I ended up with a 11-48 set of Ernie Ball strings to get in the same ballpark. The Les Paul needs way heavier strings to have the same picking hand feel as the 9's on the SG. Is this normal? I have the stop bar on the Les Paul completely against the body to increase the break angle off of the bridge. The neck angle on the SG looks steeper than the Les Paul so the bridge on the SG is higher, the stop bar is also higher. I set them both to about the same break angle off of the bridge. Anyway just curious if anyone else has noticed this or has some tips on how to get a Les Paul to have more string tension without going to super heavy strings. Eventually I want the Les Paul in D-standard tuning and want to keep the same feel.