View Poll Results: What gauge strings on your archtop?

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  • 10

    27 4.00%
  • 11

    134 19.85%
  • 12

    324 48.00%
  • 13

    171 25.33%
  • other

    50 7.41%
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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.