6120 String Gauge preferences please..

Discussion in 'Guitar & Gear Reviews' started by slickfaster, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. slickfaster

    slickfaster Country Gent

    Dec 29, 2009
    Been playing a Country Club since 06 and running 10s since then. My new #1 is a 6120. The 10s feel almost too slinky but I like the ease of Bends. When rolling open runs or playing licks around a barred open A my wrist is more perpendicular to the neck due to shorter scale and stronger..With all this my once chronic wrist pain has subsided!!
    Setzer uses 10s..
    Tavo uses 11s...
    I believe Gretsch ships with 11s??
    Since my bridge is pinned I’m not concerned with it slipping due to the lower tension strings. But...
    *Are 11s the ticket for the shorter scale with added sustain and volume or do ya think 10s are the way to go on a 6120??
    Think I’m sticking with the 10s...
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  2. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    My 6120SSU has 10's and feels great to me. I do play one of my Jets (just to be different) with 11's but everything else has 10's.
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  3. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    There are Solomon strings, too: 10.5.
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  4. Gewdkharma

    Gewdkharma Gretschie

    Jan 14, 2018
    Gig Harbor, WA
    Bought my 6120 brand new and it came with 11s. After a while switched to tens as I don't have the biggest or strongest hands and fingers. However, the 10s never felt right and I switched back to 11s. But switched to pure nickel and now it feels, sounds and plays great. Intonates a bit better with the 11s as well.
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  5. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    All my Gretsch guitars are 24.6" scale. I use D'Addario NYXL 10-46BT (balanced tension) on all of them.
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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    When I was into photography we had a saying .." film is cheap , use it " ....
    I say the same thing about strings sometimes . " Strings are cheap , try them "
    So in other words , I just re-strung my 6120-1959 last night . I always use D'Addario EXL115W ( 11's ) . There $4.89 a pack at SweetWater . My advice ... try a set of 11's , if you don't like them , chalk it up to experience
  7. DennisC

    DennisC Country Gent

    May 11, 2017
    I agree with thunder here, try some!

    Try different brands, too. Some feel very different.

    Anyway - 10s on both. Same scale.
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  8. Zeek

    Zeek Country Gent

    May 29, 2016
    Illinois USA
    I use Ernie Balls 10's on everything ..... Well I did.... I put them on my Gretschs and found they didn't work for me.

    I went with D'Addario EXL115W with a wound third and could tell a difference. As far as bends I've never noticed any difference or had a problem they bend as easy as 9's for me.

    I do run 9's on my HATE/love Strat.
  9. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    On the shorter scale guitars, 11's for me. I might go back and try 10s again some day, but I liked the output a little better with 11s.
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  10. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Back in old, old days I used Ernie Balls on everything, then got away from them and haven't used them in decades. Then last year I got a couple Rics and they came with EB's and by god, they're damn near perfect! Unconvinced, I swapped them out for D'Addarios, but not as good, went back to the EB's. So now, I keep some EB's on hand just for those Rics. Kinda weird, but you use what works.

    Also a big fan of wound 3rds, especially on anything with a Bigsby. On my 6120, 10-46, always with the wound 3rd.
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  11. r0de0

    r0de0 Synchromatic

    Jul 7, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    My 6120EC Signature Edition scale length 24.6 came with D'Addario® EXL115 Nickel Plated Steel (.011-.049 Gauges) with unwound G as per Eddie Cochran himself.
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  12. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Been using 11-49's forever on my short and long scale Gretsches.

    I tried some 10-46's on both scales, and just love them now. D'Addario nickel wound XL have been my preference.

    Not saying that I won't ever go back to 11's, but I've been liking the feel and sound of the 10's.

    Never hurts to try different brands and gages. Like thunfer 58 said, strings are cheap, try several.
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  13. Zeek

    Zeek Country Gent

    May 29, 2016
    Illinois USA
    Also a big fan of wound 3rds, especially on anything with a Bigsby. On my 6120, 10-46, always with the wound 3rd.[/QUOTE]

    I bought some packs of 10's with a wound 3rd also, I usually buy multiple packs when I buy strings.

    If you call and talk to the people they will almost always come down on price. no matter what it is. Some are a lil tighter then others and on some stuff not very flexible, I have found zZounds to be the most flex, they comes down a lil on eveything. A $1.00 a pack on strings when I buy them.

    My theory is ask, the worst they can say is no.
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  14. Rob_Brindley

    Rob_Brindley Gretschie

    Jul 22, 2019
    Stoke-On-Trent, England
    I have both 10s and 11s across our different 6120s depending on what sound I want. I don't want to get into the whole string gauge/tone debate but, for me atleast, I certainly play differently depending on the strings... 11-56 most common for me, but I do have 10-48 on some
  15. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    I've been hearing good things about them lately , and there only about a 40 minute drive from me . Too bad they don't have a showroom .
    FYI - Zzounds and American Musical Supply are the same thing / same building / same address
  16. Zeek

    Zeek Country Gent

    May 29, 2016
    Illinois USA
    Yes Sir,
    They are but they are not as flexable as zZounds. I just bought 2 Celestion G12M Greenback at zZounds for $110.00 apiece AMS wouldnt come off $125.00 (redoing another cab )
    Keepin with the string theme I picked these up also with a 22w
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  17. Rock Lajoint

    Rock Lajoint Synchromatic

    Nov 16, 2014
    Sussex, England
    I've got GHS Burnished Nickel Rockers on my 6120DSW that I like. I've been trialing D'addario 10.5's on my 2420 and I like the tension but prefer the burnished feel.
    So, I'm in a quandary.
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  18. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    Whatever gauge feels good for you.
    Gretsch guitars will easily function even with a light 009. set.
    Tested it. Works great.
    There is no dogma when it comes to string gauges.
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  19. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Agreed. Get the guitar to play comfortably, and go from there. You'll play it more.
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  20. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Tell me more about these "BT's"

    Never knew or really looked that closely to all the D'Addario offerings.

    Do they really feel "better"?
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