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Re: Heavy Gauge strings

Postby Music Wolf » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:08 pm

I’ve recently dropped from 10s to 9s on a number of guitars. I can’t say that I’ve noticed a significant loss of tone. Once set up I just find the 9s easier to play but I need to take care not to over bend the note.
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Re: Heavy Gauge strings

Postby The Bunk » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:29 pm

Well maybe just a final word on my "experiment". It's been horrible. And tonight I attempted another play which involved tuning the "A" up to "B"; I could somehow just feel the guitar didn't fancy it, despite having succeeded on previous attempts, and the "A" snapped. Thank Gawd for that!!
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Re: Heavy Gauge strings

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:13 pm

I'm still using 10s on the P90 Strat, 11s on the '61 and have just tuned the D45 clone (fitted with 13s to tune two half steps down) up to standard pitch. Different playing styles/genres work better with different gauges (shred just ain't gonna happen with 13s, nor a Jazz arch top player with 8s). Acoustic guitars usually sound better with heavier strings (the D45 sound amazing with the 13s but I ain't bending anything) but too heavy can 'choke' the top.
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Re: Heavy Gauge strings

Postby djangodeadman » Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:00 am

Dick Dale used extremely heavy strings. 16-60. That puts the rest of this thread into perspective.
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Re: Heavy Gauge strings

Postby Wonks » Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:45 am

I bet he didn't try bending them with his fingers though.
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Re: Heavy Gauge strings

Postby Hewesy » Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:57 pm

Mr Dale just stared at them and they bent up a semitone.

Even Chuck Norris was impressed.

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Re: Heavy Gauge strings

Postby djangodeadman » Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:58 pm

Wonks wrote:I bet he didn't try bending them with his fingers though.

Not really a significant part of his playing style.
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Re: Heavy Gauge strings

Postby CS70 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:33 pm

Hewesy wrote:Mr Dale just stared at them and they bent up a semitone.

Even Chuck Norris was impressed.

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Re: Heavy Gauge strings

Postby The Bunk » Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:39 pm

I would love to have heard Uri Geller have a play then...
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Re: Heavy Gauge strings

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:50 pm

Uri wasn't a great guitar player though, his main instrument was spoons......
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Re: Heavy Gauge strings

Postby Wonks » Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:51 pm

It was a sad day for Sam when Uri came to Manchester.
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Re: Heavy Gauge strings

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:01 am

Actually I had always admired his virtuosity so the opportunity to meet the master was something not to be taken lightly (I even adopted the stage name "Relleg Iru" in his honour for a brief period) but that all stopped when I discovered he had gone over to the dark side and started communing with forks......
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Re: Heavy Gauge strings

Postby The Bunk » Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:22 am

Wonks wrote:It was a sad day for Sam when Uri came to Manchester.

I didn’t realise he’d played for United but I guess, knowing what he could do with a spoon, his free-kicks must have been unstoppable. Although “Bend it Like Geller” doesn’t quite have the right ring to it.
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Re: Heavy Gauge strings

Postby Wonks » Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:24 am

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Re: Heavy Gauge strings

Postby Hewesy » Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:55 pm

The Bunk wrote:I would love to have heard Uri Geller have a play then...

You really wouldn't. He's a little highly strung...

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