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Real Live Bleeding Fingers......Broken Guitar Strings


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Friday afternoon I swapped strings on my two gigging guitars, and when I finished, I realized that I had bought 11's instead of my regular 10's. Yeah they're harder to bend, but oh my God the difference in the response, tone, and vibe. They rang alot more to my ears, and the bottom was more present. Ten points to anyone who knows who sang that line in my topic........

Who else uses 11's....and DOESN'T tune down?

Down like a dollar comin up against a yen, doin pretty good for the shape I'm in
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I use gauge 11's, and I've never tuned down. They're DR strings which are slightly heavier too, but they're compressed or something similar. You won't be able to go back Geenard, bad news is, I still broke E and A strings, even when I tried 12's!

On my Les Paul I don't notice them, but the swap to the longer scale Tele reminds me that they are heavy strings, but they are worth the extra effort, as they give so much more punch and sustain.

Are you still breaking strings with the 11's? Best Wishes, Tea.

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Well thats part of my whole style, doing pedal steel licks, blues licks, banjo rolls, ect. So yeah it was a bit different, but rewarding. Actually my fingers didn't suffer at all, I figured they would be chewed up...but no.
Down like a dollar comin up against a yen, doin pretty good for the shape I'm in
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i have also played around with "light top heavy bottom" strings, which is basically a hybrid set of 11's low E through D, then 10's G through high E. i think the GHS model is TNT (thick 'n thin?). kind of a best of both worlds deal. pretty cool if you do a lot of bending but want that thick twang on the E 'n A strings.
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Don't you think that the heavier-gauge plain-strings give you a fatter, fuller, rounder, longer sustaining tone that makes those faux pedal-steel licks sound even better, more bell-like? I love that! Same goes for Bluesy licks and "woman-tone" stuff. And the difference for slide!!


I play without a pick, kinda my own bastardized fingerstyle, and I've noticed that my picking hand seems to like the .011's, tuned to standard, even more than my fretting hand! Much better responsiveness there.


I also swear by DR .011 through .050 sets, my preference being the "Pure Blues" pure nickel wrap tuned to standard pitch. On all of the DR round-wound strings, they use a round core instead of a hex core, and this, along with their compression winding, is key to their excellent feel and tone.


Daklander and Teahead and James_Italy and I are sorta in a "DR" club here, even if they don't respond to their customer's e-mails! :mad::confused: Oh, well!


Take the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 6th strings from a set of DR "Pure Blues" .012's, and the 4th and 5th strings from a set of DR "Pure Blues" .011's; throw'em on a good Les Paul or similar, 24 & 3/4" scaled axe, and tune up to open-D (D-A-D-F#-A-D, low to high). Adjust the action and truss-rod accordingly. Begin playing your favorite "Live at the Fillmore"-type slide licks, and just love that tone and response!


Yeah, they're particularly sweet on a Les Paul, and I've also used .011's on a Strat-style axe. That extra clarity and punch and zing when they're tuned to straight A-440 is worth the small amount of extra work, for sure!


As to the topic title line: I can't put my finger onnit, Geenard, but I'm sure that I'll go "D'oh!!" and slap my pointy little head when the answer's revealed! If I could only hear the melody with it, I think that I could name that tune!

Ask yourself- What Would Ren and Stimpy Do?


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Lucinda Williams:

see below



You've got a sense of humor

You're a mystery

I heard a rumor

You're making history


Photographic dialogues

Beneath your skin

Pornographic episodes

Screaming sin


'Til its real live bleeding fingers

broken guitar strings


You are my Prince Charming

Draped in velvet robes

of all that's alarming

Raw and exposed


Shattered nerves

Itchy skin

Dirty words

and heroin


Better real live bleeding fingers

Broken guitar strings




I climbed all the way inside

Your tragedy

I got behind

The majesty


Of the different shaps

In every note

the endless tapes

of every word you wrote


With real live bleeding fingers

broken guitar strings (x2)

Lynn G
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I use 10's and 12's. The 12's are nice and chewy sounding, but I really don't like the midrange that I'm getting out of my mahogany bodied guitar with them, so I may just go 10's on everything.

Hey you white boy there

Go play that funky music

"ok...what's it pay?"


first smoke, then silence

your very expensive rig

dies so gracefully

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I just recently made the step up from 10's to 11's too. Love the sound. Much better tone, and I've already strengthened my fingers enough so that my bends are almost back to the level they were at with 10's. Playing on a Strat, by the way.


I don't think I'll ever go back. :thu:

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