Well this is unexpected. Lots of you surprising me with your 10s or lower. it's making me wonder if perhaps I just need to get used to them
I'll probably pop some 11s on this weekend...give it a quick try out, but you've all given me a little more confidence in 10s being acceptable.
Everyone's using a wound G string, yeah?
What does the wound G give you? Do you get more solid intonation? Or do you prefer the tone?There was a string gauge versus tension thread a few days ago. I posted that I play 10’s with a wound G on all my guitars, Annie, SG, two Strats and a Telecaster. They just feel right and I’ve learned to play in tune on all of them. I don’t suppose I’d use different strings on a Jet.
I play mostly finger style using the pads of my fingers. The timbre of the wound and unwound strings is different when I pluck them with my long fingers making the plain strings sound louder. They’re not really louder but the difference in timbre makes them cut more than the wound strings. Adjusting pole pieces doesn’t affect timbre. There is less of a timbre difference when played with my thumb but I rarely play the G string with my thumb except in a single note solo. I don’t hear a difference between wound and unwound strings in the few songs where I use a pick. The intonation difference with the Space Control bridge on my 6118T Annie is less than the normal imprecision in intonation of a fretted instrument and all my other electrics have saddles that can be adjusted for intonation.What does the wound G give you? Do you get more solid intonation? Or do you prefer the tone?
My CLFG Jet came from the factory with flat-wound 11s and I've continued that. Its bridge is intonated for a wound 3rd. If I were to change to round-wounds I'd almost certainly choose the same D'Addario 10.5 - 48 that I use on my 335 but with a substituted wound 3rd. On 24.75" and 24.6" scale guitars 10.5s are a great compromise between 10s and 11s.10 round wound on the Tele, 10.5 round wound on the 335 and 11 flat wound on the Jet.
This is the way.So I whipped the 10s off the Jet and put 11-48s on. For me it's so much better.
It feels and plays superbly now, the slinkiness is gone and the bending is more controllable. Chords and arpeggios all sounding tighter. It seems perfectly set up for running 11s...which makes me even more surprised it had 10s on. That Stern guy eh...what does he know?!