View Poll Results: What gauge strings on your archtop?

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  • 10

    27 3.86%
  • 11

    138 19.74%
  • 12

    339 48.50%
  • 13

    177 25.32%
  • other

    50 7.15%
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  1. #251

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    Not too many of the 130 of us who use 11's are posting :-) I just bought my first archtop and am switching from 12's to 11s, which is what I use on all my other electric guitars (12 on acoustic). I'm trying out the d'Addario Pure Nickel.

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  3. #252

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    I have 11-50 on my solid body guitars. Archtops have 12 or 13 to 52 or 54. But my 335 style (Polytone Improv II) is back to Ernie Ball 10-46 gauge.

    I have to play carefully with a light grip to keep intonation good. It facilitates some stuff, but impedes other stuff.

  4. #253

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlyacht
    Not too many of the 130 of us who use 11's are posting :-) I just bought my first archtop and am switching from 12's to 11s, which is what I use on all my other electric guitars (12 on acoustic). I'm trying out the d'Addario Pure Nickel.
    I use 11s on my archtop. Sometimes I like to use a bit of vibrato on chords or single notes, and heavier string gauges make that more difficult. Vibrato is more important to my sound than any improvement I might get from heavier strings.

    My flattop, on the other hand, sounds much better with 12s.

  5. #254

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    I'm also partial to vibrato and even bending. I come from a blues/rock background and I'm now "re-engineering" my playing. I started out long ago using 8's when I was a kid (just like my hero Jimmy Page ) and gradually increased to 11's and I clearly saw the benefit. OTOH, 11 may be my limit.

  6. #255

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    I use both 11s and 12s. I find the 11s work well on my Johnny Smith while the 12s feel better on my Wes Mo and L5 P. For the past six months, I've been using GHS pure nickel and really enjoy the fit, feel and sound.

  7. #256

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    I have sone flatwounds, they already were on guitar when I bought it used.

    I think it is 11, or 12 set.

    I never gave it much thought, untill one day that top E snapped, so I replaced it with gauge 12 I had on hand. Looks like almost the same gauge as the B.
    It is possible, however, that once I changed B with something lighter, but cannot really remember.

    Lower four strings I never changed. They serve me for about 10 years now, plus I do not know how many with previous owner.


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  8. #257

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    I use Thomastik Infeld Swings(Flatwound) 13's on my Guild X-175.

  9. #258

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vladan
    I have sone flatwounds, they already were on guitar when I bought it used.

    I think it is 11, or 12 set.

    I never gave it much thought, untill one day that top E snapped, so I replaced it with gauge 12 I had on hand. Looks like almost the same gauge as the B.
    It is possible, however, that once I changed B with something lighter, but cannot really remember.

    Lower four strings I never changed. They serve me for about 10 years now, plus I do not know how many with previous owner.


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    Vladan,
    I use same set TI 12 swing flatwound on my hollow-body over 3 years...only 1st string I've changed.
    Kris

  10. #259

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    Right now I am using TI Jazz Swing 11s with an Ernie Ball 13 and 17 on top for most of my electric guitars.

  11. #260
    I use TI JS 13s. On my solid bodies, I use Dean Markley Signature Series 10-46, with 10-52 on one of my Les Pauls.

  12. #261

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris
    Vladan,
    I use same set TI 12 swing flatwound on my hollow-body over 3 years...only 1st string I've changed.
    Kris
    Wound strings are virtually indestructible. I mean, they can snap under circumstances, but as far as intonation and sound, it feels like they can serve forever. Thicker and heavier, the better.

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  13. #262

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    I am using TI 13 Jazz Swing on my D`Angelico EXL 1 (Korean) and change them every 12 months. It is incredible how long these strings maintain their quality. Actually, I could leave them on the guitar longer, but I think changing them only once a year tells you how first class these strings are.