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Offline AXEL

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« on: February 20, 2008, 10:45:51 AM »
I have a 2000 Fly Classic. I use .009's on all my other guitars (strats, LP, Explorer, 335, etc) but I'm thinking the Fly might need a little more "resistance" string gauge wise. I know I can adjust the bridge or change springs but if I can get away with a thicker gauge of strings I'd rather go that way. I'm just not up to wasting $12 on a new set of strings (.010's)only to have to replace them with the original .009's if I don't like it.

So what do you guys use on your Flys (string gauge and corresponding trem spring gauge)?

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2008, 11:00:46 AM »
I am using D'Addario XL120+ (.0095-.044) on my Mojo Nitefly. It's a nice compromise between a bigger sound and easy string bending. I didn't have to do anything to the nut, either. All it needs is a little lube on the nut at string changes.

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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2008, 11:25:56 AM »
I'm using GHS Boomers Light (.010, .013, .017, .026w, .036w, .046w) on both my '07 NiteFly and '97 Fly.

I had the same impression of the Fly - need a tad bit more tension to give you the feel of a .009 set of strings on a normal guitar - and that is exactly right IMO. I also got a lot better action and the tone is awesome on the Fly as a result too - no thinness in that sound at all. Seems like a set of 10's on a Fly will give you the feel of 9's on a Strat. The 10's on my Fly just seem to play better than 9's.

The NiteFly is a little different - 10's on a NiteFly are much easier to work and give you a little fatter tone on a NF vs. a Strat/LP, but on a NiteFly the 9's or 10's seemed quite natural to me. I stuck with the 10's for now though: I play a lot of scales and stuff, which would be a little easier with 9's, but I still like the tone of the 10's and with single coil pickups string pull and intonation is more managable with 10's.
 

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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2008, 12:34:18 PM »
Personally, I'm a big fan of 9-46 on my nitefly, I get the easy of playing on my lighter strings, but still get a nice, beefier rhythm on my bigger strings.

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2008, 12:47:45 PM »
I've been experimenting with custom gage sets. And I like what I am feeling. All along the lines of the light top heavy bottoms. My current favorite is 9,12,16,24,34,48 The thinking about a set like this is that it is graduated the string tension goes up as the gage goes up. Some factory gage sets actually have the B string with less tension then the high E string which I realize doesn't feel right. You can find all the tension numbers for different gage strings on the Daddario web site or down load the PDF here.
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2008, 12:52:49 PM »
I'm diggin' the 10-52s.  I like the way they chew at my fingers...makes me feel like I really have to dig in & go for it.



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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2008, 01:15:52 PM »
i normally use 10s, sometimes ill do a heavier low e and a lighter high e.  but tension wise it will be the same amount of tension on the neck.

Occasionally 9s if im gunna be playing fast at shows and i know i need to.

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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2008, 01:40:59 PM »
9's on my nitefly. Sometimes I feel as if the high e is a little too thin, though. I'm currently looking for a pack of 9's with a slightly heavier high e string. If anyone comes across it, shout my way?
 

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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2008, 01:55:08 PM »
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9's on my nitefly. Sometimes I feel as if the high e is a little too thin, though. I'm currently looking for a pack of 9's with a slightly heavier high e string. If anyone comes across it, shout my way?
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I think you mean heavier low E string right? The Snake Oil Brand Alex uses I believe have such a set! I've been thinking about trying them. I've always been privy to heavy bottom, light top sets. I use to make them up myself to get the gauges I wanted. Now most music stores only sell sets in my area. [8)]

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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2008, 02:20:19 PM »
You can order custom gage sets from SOB. You have to wait a couple weeks but they cost no more than the regular sets.

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« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2008, 02:32:03 PM »
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Originally posted by cmpkllyrslf96

9's on my nitefly. Sometimes I feel as if the high e is a little too thin, though. I'm currently looking for a pack of 9's with a slightly heavier high e string. If anyone comes across it, shout my way?



These custom sets are very common, Daddario, GHS Boomers, Fender, Erine Ball, etc, all make them. I believe they are .009 - 052. You should be able to buy them at any GC or Sam Ash. I use them on my 335 and Malmsteen strat (scalloped).
 

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« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2008, 02:35:36 PM »
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Originally posted by mojotron

I'm using GHS Boomers Light (.010, .013, .017, .026w, .036w, .046w) on both my '07 NiteFly and '97 Fly.
I had the same impression of the Fly - need a tad bit more tension to give you the feel of a .009 set of strings on a normal guitar - and that is exactly right IMO. I also got a lot better action and the tone is awesome on the Fly as a result too - no thinness in that sound at all. Seems like a set of 10's on a Fly will give you the feel of 9's on a Strat. The 10's on my Fly just seem to play better than 9's.



This is exactly how I feel, I'm glad to hear your conformation. I'm going to try and pickup a set of .010's tonight on the way home and check them out. I'll post the results.
 

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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2008, 08:15:10 PM »
I have used '9s since buying my Classic in '99. I have them on my Mojo now and they work fine. I'm thinking of setting up the Mojo for downtuning to eflat if I do, I might go to 10s.
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« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2008, 08:26:46 PM »
I am totally backwards. A lot of jazz guys bump up the treble strings one or two sizes to fatten the high end. That works for me. My favorite set is a 9-42 set with a 10 and 12 on the top.
Right now though I am using straight 9-42 Elixirs as the plated trebles seem to be a little warmer than most.


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« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2008, 09:14:46 PM »
No, I meant the high E [:D]. I couldn't use a 10 on the top...that's where it's thick enough for me. Thanks for the heads up on SOB strings...I wasn't aware they did custom orders. I'll definitely give it a shot.

   On the archie, it's a different story. My new fave is La Bella Black Nylon tape wound strings. 12s. Every string except the high e and b have this awesome black nylon tape on it that feels great and sounds great. I prefer them to regular flatwound strings.