Tele string gauge?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by yellowecho, Apr 25, 2008.

What tele string gauge do you use?

  1. 8s

  2. 9s

  3. 10s

  4. 11s

  5. 12s

  6. Other:

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  1. yellowecho

    yellowecho Member

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    What gauge do you put on your tele? I currently have 10s but I feel like I'm fighting the guitar every time I play. I know I need to tighten the 'ol truss rod, but I've been thinking about 9s for awhile now. What do you use?
     
  2. gkoelling

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    I used 9's for over 20 years. During that time I tried 10's a couple times but had the same experience as you.

    I put 10's on again about 8 years ago and for some reason had no problem with them.

    If you're more comfortable with 9's, use 9's.


    EDIT: Before 20 years ago I don't remember what I was using.
     
  3. Third Stone

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    try a 10 set with .012 B string and .016 for the G. Good for bending but you still get the fatter and low strings and the high E doesn't feel like rubber.
     
  4. Dana Olsen

    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    Well, I use 9.5's - on one, 10's on one, and Hybrid 9-46 one another.

    Basically, if it's a Cowboy gig I use the one w/ 9.5's or Hybrids, and for rock or blues gigs I use the one w/ 10's.... unless I feel wimpy, then I go with the thinner ones.

    I don't play much slide, do more bending and behind the nut stuff, so thinner strings help. I really like the 9.5's.

    Dana O.
     
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    i like 11's on all my guitars...err on ym strat and tele :D
     
  6. Sean French

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    10-46 EB's for my Tele with medium high action.
     
  7. Jacobpaul81

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    I have 9-42 EB's on my tele right now. I like everything but the 11. It always feels a bit loose to me.
     
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    11's for me.
     
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    10-52s actually.... If any guitar was made for heavy gauge strings, its a tele.
     
  11. Gas-man

    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    9.5's right now on my tele and esquire.
     
  12. Lucidology

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    Actually think it's the opposite ...
    Just check out string guage in musical history ...
    Albert Lee became famous playing 8's on Teles ...
    As did Jimmy Page, etc ...

    I always end up going back to 9's after up-gauging ...
    There's just something about their cool hi-fi, spanky, quacky tone
    that always seems to dissipate or diminish with thicker strings (IMH0)

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  13. RomanS

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    10-52: light on top for those pedal steel bends, fat on the bottom for the Luther Perkin boom-chicka...
     
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    I voted for 11s, because that's my plain E. however, I use only the top two in the standard gauges for an 11 set, plus a 20 plain G, and heavy flatwounds (32/42/52). so basically an 11-52 flatwound set. this is in an ASAT Classic ash/maple with Muy Grandes.
     
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    10-46 action set pretty high
     
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    Do guys in with the crowd know how many spagetti benders throw away low e and the a move everything up two and use banjo strings for Hi e and b

    James Burton is one, Clarence White, Marty Stewart, its true I kid you not.

    I wonder what guage Roy Buchanan

    9's for me
     
  18. tybone

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    I bought the guitar and the guy who owned it had 11's on it. I kept it that way. 11-52
     
  19. Polynitro

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    What crowd? I use what I like and not what famous people like.
     
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    I heard (read) something about that once ...
    Talk about slinky ... but that's what it takes to get it right in their ears..

    Just more proof how relative string gauge choice is ...
    Light guage strings are just a different tone then heavier ones ...
    Not better or worse either way ...

    "tis all relative ...

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