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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / 9.5 string gauge anyone

Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
Oct 7th, 2017 07:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use tens on all my guitars but thought I'd try D'addarios 9.5 set only for my Tele as it might be good for my aging fingers. Anyone here use them?

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Too Near Atlanta GA

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Oct 7th, 2017 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've used them now and then over the years, usually on my Tele and Strat though I've gone back to pure nickel wound .010-.046s on those guitars again.


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stigg "Geezer, and still lov'in it"!
Oct 7th, 2017 09:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

I found them to be a nice compromise but eventually went back to tens.

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One foot on the brake, one on the GAS
Oct 7th, 2017 11:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use them on my 25.5" scale guitars. GHS Big Cores.

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Oct 7th, 2017 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

I should order a 9.5 set and see if I like them.

I've beem using 9-42 gauge Ernie Ball strings on Strats and Teles for a long time. The high E and B strings can seem too light at times, depending on what style of music you're playing.

That said, I've been getting physical therapy on my fretting hand this year and I don't want to develop any issues that will hinder my playing.



England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Oct 7th, 2017 01:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I might be interested in a set of 8.5 gauge, if anyone makes them. ;-)

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Cincinnati, Ohio

Oct 7th, 2017 08:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use them on all my Strats and Teles. Sometimes use D'Addario and sometimes GHS. Like both equally well. I find 9's too light and 10's too heavy. As stated by others, a nice compromise.

Guitar Fool
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Sunshine State

Just a pawn in someone else's game
Oct 8th, 2017 07:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

Been using them exclusively on all of my tele's for about 5 years..i discovered them sort of by accident when I was buying strings on ebay, paks of 10 at a time...I'd been using 10's for awhile but noticed due to age my hands would start to hurt after while...

I love them...but who knows as i get older may end up with 9's again....;-0

Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
Oct 9th, 2017 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well I got the strings put them on my tele and I like the feel. Gonna keep 10s on my Gretsch and Taylor solid body but like these on my Fender.

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So. Cal. USA

Oct 9th, 2017 03:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I measure a lot of stings and find a lot of .010 set are .0095 on the high E.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Oct 10th, 2017 04:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

My PRS came with the 9.5's. They are hard to find out here, so when it went to the shop, I had it set up properly with .10's. I'd been using them anyway, but wanted it set up with no issues. I doubt there would have been any even if I didn't get it set up.



Jim O.
Oct 11th, 2017 04:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've used them, they're fine, but I didn't really see a lot of difference from my usual 10s. I use 10s on all my electric guitars; it seems to work.
Flatwound 10s on the Ric.

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

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Oct 11th, 2017 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

I used to order a box (12 sets) of custom gauge strings from Curt Mangan Strings.

My gauges of choice were 46, 36, 26, 16, 12, 9.5 (on 25.5" scale length guitars).

Stringy Linky

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 10:58 PM, Oct 11th, 2017)

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Too Near Atlanta GA

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Oct 11th, 2017 12:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very similar gauges to what I used to special order from SIT Strings...had a whole case of strings with my name on them. :)


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East Tennessee

Oct 12th, 2017 02:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a set of 9.5 NYXL's for my new-to-me strat and as soon as I'm through with the super slinkys on there now I'll let you know how they compare.

Fast Lane Pablo


Nov 4th, 2017 09:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've been using the EXL 120+ set for years on Strats and Teles. I do have a MIM Strat that I use the EXL 125 set and an Esquire that uses Hybrid Slinkies.

A guitar repairman in Tucson years ago suggested the .0095's and I love them. I use .010's on the Gibson scale guitars and .011 on the Gretsch. I find that different guitars like different strings, but as a rule I'll do .0095's on longer scale guitars and .010's on shorter.

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