That's why I practice on 11s and play on 9s.Funny how some guitars love gauges. I've been using 10's for years, and on my LP, they seem hard (not hard per se, just more effort) to play, but on my Silver Sky, 10's are like butter.
All I know is that occasionally when I go back to 9's, I have a 'honeymoon' period where I can do anything...until my fingers adjust and I go back to the piss poor playing I did on 10's.
Yeah, 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.
Makes perfect sense - Gibsons are shorter scale, aka lower tension, so a gauge higher string set roughly balances out.Last year went back to 9's on all my Fender guitars, cant tell you why, just felt right and sounds good. Tried with my Gibson's also but in the end went back to 10's (felt good but wrong all at the same time on the Gibson's). I knows makes no sense but that is the only way to describe it.
However I did like the overall sound.
Just loosen your trem springs (back the screws out)... You just need to rebalance the tension.just switched to 9's on a guitar... because the OP got me thinking. Working out well... on the right guitar...a 24 fret jumbo fret. except it's on a floating trem... and it's been a bitch adjusting everything.. since it was set up for 10's