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Re: what string gauge should I use?
4/14/2001 8:26 AM
Stefan Leonhardt (11530) wrote:
Yes, a lighter string gauge could lead to more fret buzz. In any way, I guess if you change the gauge of the strings, you'll need a setup (action and intonation).
I can't answer your question if you should change to light gauge if you can afford sacrificing tone in order to play more easily. That's up to you to decide. Most players I know have switched to heavier gauge after playing a while. It also depends on what gauge you're using now (are we talking electric or acoustic - I base my answer on electric!).
If you're using .10s, I guess you could move back to .09s, but if you're already using .09s, I would not go back to .08s.
If you've just started with guitar, don't be so quick to switch to lighter strings in order to play better - if you keep on practising, everything will improve on its own.
String gauge only is one factor for tone. Tone "monsters" like Brian May, Steve Lukather and Santana use light gauge (.09s). But if everything else remains the same, your tone is likely to improve with a heavier gauge.