I would rather play 9s, but I break too much strings, mostly the D string. So I have to use 10s.
My worst nightmare!! That looks very painful!!been using 10's for 440 for 15 years plus, but I really hate the tension you need for a Floyde Rose with 4 springs. Just found that it was easier to cord without bending out of tune on 10's, not that I'm heavy handed. Three years ago I crushed my left hand in a tree trimming accident and shattered my forth finger tip so 10 are pretty tuff now. Plus with a piezo system as well I don't know I would like 9's. LOL the second photo was a few weeks after when the playing callous peeled off.
He preferred the low end 8's gave him when they compared 10's, 9's and 8's.Any chance of anyone giving a tl:dr version of what Rick was saying? It's like everyone on youtube these days has to stretch a simple 1 or 2 minute point into a full feature length vid.
I had this with the amount of typing I was doing at work and when I went up string gauge and string height, preferred the toneYeah, I'm gonna have to disagree with this. If you use a heavier string, as I do (I like 10s), you need to lower the bass side of your pickups. I used 9s for decades and then switched to 10s when I started the 3-piece band I was in. The fuller low end and less buzz of the 10s was important in that context.
Playing clean or slightly dirty stuff with 9s sounds anemic. Put a set of 10s on and it's powerful and helps fill out the spectrum. The other problem with light strings is when you first hit the strings the thinner strings will deflect more causing fret buzz. The heavier the string the less deflection is needed to cause the same magnetic flux. So I like 10s with high action and big frets. Lots of power and clarity.
Tough on the hands though. Got tendinitis a few times and had to go back to 9s temporarily.
^ This. Like I said, my guitars sounded great before, they sound great now. I might have to change due to the mechanics of getting older one day, but the concept that you’ll cut through better on a recording or stage because you dropped or added .001 to a string is a little silly to me. The thickness of pick you use, or don’t, is likely to have at least as much effect. This is ”getting lost in the weeds.”Some guy on the Internet is making everyone question their preferences! Omg we need to all change!
Exactly. I was actually surprised they chose the 8s as the best sounding on their setup, to my ears they had very little meat to the low end and riffs played on the 6th string. I thought the 10s sounded the best with their settings.My problem with 009s is that I play heavy, and they swing farther out of tune when you bang them. I'll stick with 010s. I'd play 11s if I had the hands. Anyway, the kinds of tonal "issues" we heard in the video are trivial to fix with a Fractal Audio product. In fact, a true apples-to-apples test would be to dial in your best Pre-EQ/Post-EQ for each set of strings then try all string sets on all amp settings.
This. I choose my string gauges based on this and this alone. I fret and pick hard. Yes, I could relearn 30 years of fretting and picking habits, but’s it’s much more easier to just use 10’s. Is there a difference in tone between different gauges? Of course. But it definitely isn’t as obvious on an electric as it is on an acoustic instrument.My problem with 009s is that I play heavy, and they swing farther out of tune when you bang them. I'll stick with 010s.