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  • #16
    I'm pretty much settled in with standard XL 10-46's, but I do play around with the wound G on a couple guitars.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by JMP/HBE View Post

      All of the above. Was E flat and 1/2 & 1/2 for a long time but currently A440 from my last band.
      Oh they can be a pull & i feel it but oh the toans !!!
      When i switch from E flat to standard & vice versa usually requires a truss rod tweak.
      The price of good tone.
      Last for months.
      The only way I can do those on 25.5” in E would be like on my Tele which is pure rhythm. 24.75” and Eb would be very comfortable.

      I’m interested in trying the newer 10-49 sets. 10-52 is a bit too big compared to 10s, but I like more than 46 for the bottom.
      Oh no.....


      Oh Yeah!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by PFDarkside View Post

        The only way I can do those on 25.5” in E would be like on my Tele which is pure rhythm. 24.75” and Eb would be very comfortable.

        I’m interested in trying the newer 10-49 sets. 10-52 is a bit too big compared to 10s, but I like more than 46 for the bottom.
        Last year i tried the orange 10-46 XL's like above cuz the band played A440 standard and i thought i needed it. The tone of the 10-46 was so bad & so different not in a good way that i went back to .011 to .056 and thats where i stay.
        Wasted $75 bucks in strings.
        To be honest the string pull/tension isn't really that different but the tone sure is.
        Having said all that bending the 22nd fret/note with .011's can be murder but i don't play that note much.
        Last edited by JMP/HBE; 03-29-2021, 07:38 AM.

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        • #19
          I like 10-52s on Fender scale instruments - that's as custom as I get. The regular bass strings on 10s just feel too floppy to me, but 11s on a fender in standard tuning are just a little too hard to bend for me. Regular 11s are great for Gibson scale stuff. I ran 11s with a wound third for several years, but bending that G string was a ***** so I gave up.
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          • #20
            I used to, for fun. But these days the standard sets do fine enough for me. It got too fussy to be ordering and storing individual strings and second-guessing my decisions. Nowadays I appreciate the consistency of standard sets. Heck even switching between brands on the same string gauge will give different feels. But do what you want! That's the beauty of this
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            • #21
              Originally posted by JMP/HBE View Post

              Last year i tried the orange 10-46 XL's like above cuz the band played A440 standard and i thought i needed it. The tone of the 10-46 was so bad & so different not in a good way that i went back to .011 to .056 and thats where i stay.
              Wasted $75 bucks in strings.
              To be honest the string pull/tension isn't really that different but the tone sure is.
              Having said all that bending the 22nd fret/note with .011's can be murder but i don't play that note much.
              I usually pay about $5 for XLs.
              "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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              • #22
                Originally posted by JB_From_Hell View Post

                I usually pay about $5 for XLs.
                Just ordered 10 sets of XLs for $40.
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                • #23
                  I get mine from Curt Mangan. I was using 10-48 that was a friend's signature set, but ordered up a few of my own 10-50 for my drop D guitars. Catch them when they have a sale and prices are competitive

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                  • #24
                    I used to use a custom variation on the 11-56 set posted previously (11-15-24w-32-44-56). D'Addario from guitarstringsonline.com.

                    But ever since, I tried Ernie Ball Not Even Slinkies (12-56), and I liked the tone better. I would really prefer if they had a wound 3rd, though. That plain 24 is just stupid-feeling.

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                    • #25
                      When I first started playing when I was a teenager, I forced myself to use Ernie Ball 11-48, for no other reason that I knew they were the strings that Slash uses lmao. When I learned enough to understand the implications of him tuning to Eb, I gave myself permission to drop down to 10-48. Shortly after making the switch I realized that string gauge has way less affect on tone that I initially thought as a total beginner.

                      For a little while on my Les Paul I started to use the treble strings from a set of 11s and the bass strings from a set of 10s, I remember liking it at the time and being really upset that you could only buy hybrid sets with heavier bass strings, when I wanted the opposite, looking back it seems insane to me.
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