Nines, Tens or Elevens? Advice for Noob

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I played 10s for a long time then went to 9s and loved them. The best thing I did for my SG after settling on 9s was having a bone nut and new ABR-1 cut/notched for that string gauge. Intonation and tuning are rock solid.
 

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I've gone back and forth between 9s and 10s several times, 9s feeling a little too slinky and 10s a bit stiff. Came across a set of Ernie Ball 9.5s and my problems were solved. They feel great on any Gibson I've tried them on so far. NYXL 10s are my second favorite.
 

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Whatever you feel like. When I started I used 11s because I heard that they sound better. Once I realised that was bullshlt, I moved down to 10-52s. Then down to 9s which I use now. I used 8s for a while but I tend to wear my strings out quickly so I use Elixir strings which is a brand that doesn't make 8s. If they ever do, I'm moving right back down again
 

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Whatever string feels good to your style. If you're playing Wes Montgomery style, you 'might' want thick strings, but it isn't so important. You can roll down your tone. Just experiment. I played 8s and 9s up until 1990 and switched to 10s thinking it was a fatter sound (plus I never broke any more strings with 10s!). It really makes no difference. Now I play all kinds of different music: Turkish, Middle-Eastern overtones (and corresponding instruments) and they all have thin strings. I now like 9s for the loose feel, and now tune to Eb or D. If you're interested in a decent review of strings, debunking the necessity of changing them for tone. There are many other more in-depth studies on strings. THis one is easily digestable.
 

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Here's another good one that will likely show you that "no, it doesn't matter that much" it's about what is comfortable for you.
 

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The trouble is... you're wrong about that. SOME SGs have come stock with 10s, but certainly not all. I'm not sure when they changed (I've got a 2012 listing saying 10s)*, But all the new SGs I've bought came with 9s - and were listed as such on Gibson's web site. From my 2014 Standard to my 2018 Custom.
Not wrong.

SGs came stock with 10s. You say they have since changed, that may be so; but what I said that the Standard SGs came strung with 10s from the factory is true.

It is beyond Gibson SGs. Every single full scale electric guitar that I have purchased (all new) has come strung with 10s. It seems that Fender Strats are the only ones that come stock with 9s, but my Tele, Gretsches, Epis, Rickenbackers...all strung with 10s.

I suppose 10s is the safest way to go for guitar manufacturers. A new guitar strung with 11s would turn off any new player and a guitar strung with 9s would turn off any veteran player. (9s are just too thin. They work on a Strat for that slinky, funky sound, but on any other guitar, no way.)
 

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Regarding this topic:

String gauge? Come on, that's all about personal feel. A better topic would be roundwounds vs flatwounds. That topic encompasses feel, tone, price, playability, durability.....

It's odd, I never see any discussion on a Gibson site regarding flatwounds. Rickenbackers and Gretsches....much talk and use of flatwounds.
 

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I like 10-46. Nothing to do with tonality, it’s strictly a feel thing.
 
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Regarding this topic:

String gauge? Come on, that's all about personal feel. A better topic would be roundwounds vs flatwounds. That topic encompasses feel, tone, price, playability, durability.....

It's odd, I never see any discussion on a Gibson site regarding flatwounds. Rickenbackers and Gretsches....much talk and use of flatwounds.

Maybe Gretsch players have flat heads?
 

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i recall seeing on the gibson site that some gibson LPs are actually coming from factory with 9 gauge...
anyway, i used to use ernie ball power slinkys 11-48...simply cos they don't flop around so much... which also makes them less prone to slapping against the fretboard during hard / fast picking etc.
so ya, still just a matter of preference :p
 

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i recall seeing on the gibson site that some gibson LPs are actually coming from factory with 9 gauge...

I re-strung a friend's Les Paul recently and he kept telling me to make sure I put 9s on it. I kept telling him I think these guitars are stock with 10s and all the years he's had the guitar he has been playing it with 10s on it. Well, any way I put the 9s on his Les Paul and he hated it. Said something didn't feel right. Duh.

As someone above pointed out, the string gauge really isn't about tone...it's more to do with feel. The various brands and various compositions (nickel, steel, hex core, flatwound…) have more to do with tone than the gauge does.
 

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Not wrong.

SGs came stock with 10s.

Yes, wrong. Repeating yourself changes nothing. Some SGs came with 10s, some with 9s. Saying "Gibson SGs come stock with .10s" is wrong because they don't all come with .10s stock. Simple as that.

As for the context of this thread, you're completely wrong: The OP's 2015 Standard came with 9s, here's the spec from Gibson, still published on their web site:

String Dimensions
E: 1.1684mm / 0.046"
A: 0.9144 mm / 0.036"
D: 0.6604 mm / 0.026"
G: 0.4064mm / 0.016"
B: 0.2794mm / 0.011"
e: 0.2286mm / 0.009"

Simple fact, most Gibson solid body electrics in 2015 (and before and since) came with 9 - 46 strings. Even if you don't like it.
 

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Yes, wrong. Repeating yourself changes nothing. Some SGs came with 10s, some with 9s. Saying "Gibson SGs come stock with .10s" is wrong because they don't all come with .10s stock. Simple as that.

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No, I am not wrong.

Saying, "Gibson SGs come stock with .10s" is not wrong.
Had I said, "All Gibson SGs come stock with 10s," that would be wrong.

Simple as that.
 

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No, I am not wrong.

Saying, "Gibson SGs come stock with .10s" is not wrong.
Had I said, "All Gibson SGs come stock with 10s," that would be wrong.

Simple as that.

'All' is implied, unless you say 'some'.

The OP's 2015 Standard came stock with 9s, so it's also wrong in context too. Context matters.

Sorry, I can't help it if you hate being wrong... :rolleyes:
 

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Well I stand corrected. Thank you.

But before people started their arguments all yours truly did was ask for advice... Should have known better from ANY internet forum I guess :rolleyes:
 

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Well I stand corrected. Thank you.

But before people started their arguments all yours truly did was ask for advice... Should have known better from ANY internet forum I guess :rolleyes:

So far I haven't seen an argument more worthy of the "Who Gives A Sh!t Award 2020", very funny. If you are a noob and you need advice, take this:

- If something doesn't feel right , sound right or look right to you, make it.
- The guitar is your tool and only you can, and has the right, to decide what's right or wrong.
- If you ask for tips, many of them may not be right for you. Just keep trying til YOU get what YOU want out of YOUR guitar.
 

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The OP's 2015 Standard came with 9s, here's the spec from Gibson, still published on their web site:

String Dimensions
E: 1.1684mm / 0.046"
A: 0.9144 mm / 0.036"
D: 0.6604 mm / 0.026"
G: 0.4064mm / 0.016"
B: 0.2794mm / 0.011"
e: 0.2286mm / 0.009"

Simple fact, most Gibson solid body electrics in 2015 (and before and since) came with 9 - 46 strings. Even if you don't like it.

You are correct about the specs on the site.
But just an observation...


9-46 = hybrid set of 9s and 10s.
Top three strings from set of 9s.
Bottom three strings from set of 10s.

9s = 9-42
0.009, 0.011, 0.016, 0.024, 0.032, 0.042

10s = 10-46
0.010, 0.013, 0.017, 0.026, 0.036, 0.046
 
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