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62 Strat Man

Jun 30th, 2017 05:39 PM        

which would be more slinky or easier to bend<br /> 10-38<br /> 10,13,15,26,32,38<br /> or 9's<br /> 9,11,16,24,32,42<br /> <br /> on the 9's the G and low E are heavier on the 10-38's the high E, B and D are heavier<br /> thks :)

Mick Reid

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American-made in Oz!!
Jun 30th, 2017 06:18 PM        

Presumably a majority of your bending is on the E,B & G strings, so 9's will be easier imo.<br /> I don't think you'd notice a difference of .001" between the two G strings.<br /> <br /> Also, with the 10-38, I think you'd lose a bit of "fat" on the E6 so that's another reason I'd be inclined to go with the 9-42.<br /> <br /> I'm not a fan of 9's myself (I'm a 10-46 or 52 guy) but as age takes its toll, I may have to reconsider that attitude. :^)<br /> <br /> note: this probably should have gone into Misc.<br />


62 Strat Man

Jun 30th, 2017 06:43 PM        

right ive been a heavy gigging 10-38 guy for decades but im getting older (60) and was wodering if i could go lighter. I dont realy want to go to 8's but Billy Gibbons uses 7's and tunes down a whole step


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New Jersey

I'm back with the otters again
Jul 3rd, 2017 03:17 PM        

Heavier strings require less distance in the bend across the fretboard to reach a desired pitch -- they react quicker. The question then becomes, which is more difficult for the individual player..., the tension needed for bending or the distance you need to travel across the fretboard to achieve your desired pitch...

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