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9s or 10s on your Les Paul?

Robbo

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When I purchased my 68 Les Paul Standard in 1970 it was fitted with a B3 Bigsby and Gibson E340 strings. This was in Brisbane Australia so the strings were possibly factory fitted. From memory the gauges were 13 to 56. The sound of open chords through my Fender Silverface Twin reverb was like an anvil being hit with a hammer. I did have strong fingers but changed to E340L's later, possibly 11 to 56. Using 10 to 52's on my Gibsons now and 10 to 46 on my Fenders. Re caveat: The sizes could be different to what my memory remembers so would appreciate any confirmation or otherwise.
 

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Azmedian

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Switching over to 8’s from 10’s
EB solid nickel rock and roll 8’s
 

Bryansamui

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Moved from 10s to 8s due to nerve damage.. 8s definitely better sound for the Jimmy Page trip I'm currently on.Tighter in the Bass than 10s

As a side note Tony Iommi probably has the lightest string tension of anyone. Plays 8s when tuned down half step and 9s when tuned down 1 and a half steps to C#... Gets a massive tone.
 

roxrob

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I play mostly acoustic these days using 12-56 Elixirs.......this means when I go to electric for a few "depping" gigs, I have to use at least 10s or they feel too floppy in comparison. In the days when I played with a Free/Bad Company tribute band I used 11 to 54 on my Les Pauls until I ended up with a nasty case of carpel tunnel syndrome from spending too many hours practicing Kossoffs technique, chord shapes and of course his unique vibrato. Surgery ensued, followed by 6 months without playing at all, and my left hand is not as strong as it was. Thick strings ok on acoustic but thinner is now necessary on the electrics for ease of bending.
 
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