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9s or 10s on your Les Paul?

LeonC

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Lighter strings do break easily if you're not careful w/ them. I never had that issue cause I keep the bridge & nut lubricated w/ pencil graphite.
I'd used graphite back in the old days but switched to CarMex about 10 of 15 years ago. The issue is always string bends. I'm a boomer and I'm into boomer bends 🤡:eek:🤡! Most of my guitars are set up so I can can get at least a minor third; major 3rd on some and I can actually get 4ths in a few places on one or two of my guitars. The strings break where I'm bending them...not at the nut or bridge.
 

jrgtr42

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Actually, does anyone use .008s anymore? I remember them being popular for a while when I was getting started playing. I tried them too, way back when in the 70s for a while...but ultimately decided they broke too frequently and I liked the sound better with the "heavier" strings.
I break through .009s like nobody's business. I'd probably tear .008s off the first strum I played.
 

SpencerD

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Mar 11, 2016
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Man, I ain't even bullshitting when I tell you I've been thinking about stepping out of my 9 gauge comfort zone on a couple of Les Pauls

😎

Gonna raise the action too! --- Like a fuckin' maniac! 😲
 

Jethro Rocker

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On my shredders I use 9s but 10s on the LPs
I might try skinny top heavy bottoms or the 9.5s.
 

fernieite

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I've tried a few different gauges over the years. (10s, 9.5s, and 8s once) I've settled on 9s on all three of my electric guitars now.

Try a few different gauges for yourself and see what YOU prefer.
 

stxrus

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Mar 21, 2015
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After years and years of exclusively using D’Addario 10s I’ve tried the D’Addario 9 and 9.5s
My old hands really like the smaller strings.

String gauge is a personal matter and the best way is to play different sizes and decide what works best for you and your style of playing

FWIW, I think I like the 9.5s best but they don’t come in a 10 pack so I may go with the 9s
 

freddy78

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Dec 26, 2020
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strings are personal preference, play what ever feels comfortable to you , i tried different gauges and types of strings ( steel ,nickel, hex core , round core ect.. ) over the years ( 11's , 10's ' 9's and some hybrid sets 9-49 , 10-48 , 10-52 ) following my long string quest i settled with Daddario NYXL 10's for LP's and 9's on the strat's
 

KoP

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Ernie Ball Rock n Roll 11-48, because I tune D standard, and sometimes to drop C. 10s were unstable for the lower tension and kept going out of tune.

11s in D feel like 10s in E to me. Not really much of a difference in feel. They’re also a little louder and thicker sounding.
 

Injam

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I have put on a set of sevens using the over the top method of stringing up a Les Paul. Should have done this long ago.
 
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