What string gauge do you use?


#21

Lots of guitars, big variety of gauges. Like the thicker strings for a more pronounced and stately tone, thinner for being practical with bending ease and keeping things easier on my hands. I’ve got some hand problems and I have to play a lot of guitar. So I’d probably like the lead sounds on my strat with 12s or something but I’m not going to torture (and potentially re-injure) myself.


#22

On my 25,5 guitars I use 10-46. I have a sevenstring with 27" scale (hence my username), I use 10-59 on that one (it’s tuned one whole-tone step down).


#23

I use elixir 10-46 for E standard but my D standard guitar uses 11-56 so they are not as floppy. I heard rusty cooley state that he plays closer to the bridge for the fast stuff due to the string not moving as much the closer to the bridge you get.


#24

@Hanky_Pooh Yeah, as low as I can go without buzzing.


#25

Dunlop Heavy Core in Heavy gauge, which is 10-48 (10-13-17-28-38-48), be it on a 24.75in or 25.5 scale length in E standard. I like the slightly thicker strings when I pick while still keeping somewhat flexible high strings without being too thin. I can’t consistently bend 11-48/49 plain strings.


#26

Currently sticking with 11s on all of my guitars. Good for metal, although I never tune down and play a six string exclusively.


#27

I’m only using elixirs these days.
At the moment I have 2 guitars with 10-46 and one with 9-42. All my guitars are 25"5 (one strat, one chapman ML1 and a charvel st dimas pro mod 1), all in standard tuning.


#28

9s or 8s on 25.5", 10s on 24.75", 12s to tune down to C. D’addario NYXL.
12s for acoustic. Phosphor bronze on dreadnaughts. 80/20 bronze on smaller bodies. I recently started using silk & steel for fingerpicking on my parlor guitar.


#29

Elixir user here, as well - 10s on my electrics, and while I’m currently using a, I thiunk, 62 bass string as a low B on my double-locking guitars, I ordered a few of their 10-59 seven string sets to try to see if I get on welll enough with those. 59 seems a hair lighter thann I might prefer, but it’s not THAT far off what I’m using, so… I used to use 11s with a 68 low B, but that got a little too bruising when I hadn’t played much in a couple weeks and went to play some bluesier stuff.

On acoustic, 12s.


#30

8–38, where the thickest four strings are tuned flat a semitone (4ths). I’d prefer to use Elixir, but they don’t make them in my size, so I usually use Ernie Ball.


#31

Fender YJM Bullets 8 - 46 tuned to E flat.
Fender YJM Stratocaster latest model.
Action setup high with bridge floating.


#32

Does Yngwie himself still use 8s tunes down a half step? I know he used to, just not sure about his 2018 gear.


#33

GHS Boomers .010-.046


#34

Ernie Ball slinky .010 on 24 3/4 scale.
And .09 on 25 1/2 scale


#35

I have 2 guitars and I’m using different tunings and string gauges fro each (both of them has the same scale length, 25.5")

I’m using D’addario NYXL 10-52 for E standard (sometimes drop D) and Ernie Ball 12-56 for C standard (sometimes drop A#)


#36

Pretty sure that’s his staple now.


#37

I’m starting to think that I should change all my guitars to 9s… now that I am practicing much more (I blame CTC!) I noticed that my left hand can get sore after a long session with10s (especially if I try to work on bends/vibrato). Why am I working so hard? :smiley:


#38

Don’t bend!

Just shred :wink:


#39

I say go to 9s! I went to 8s for a lot of weeks on my Mayones Hydra due to arthritic pain in my left hand. It settled down and I moved back up to 9s and all is good.


#40

I know what your saying. For grueling, long practices, thicker strings can take their toll… especially when bending a lot.

But I am ok with 11’s. I think I’ve had to spend a bit more time focusing on being more economical with my fretting mechanics… and 11’s now feel like 10’s used to feel.

I am actually considering going up. But where can you go when you’re all the way up to 11?