I am curious as to the 900,000 varieties of guitar strings out there, for different makes models, hollow body, solid body, humbuckers, single coil, etc... I have always played .010's on my Strat and .011's on my Gretsch 5122. D'Addario and Ernie Ball, with the edge going to Ernie Ball Slinkys. I have stuck with Ernie Ball for a number of years. Anyway, you all know I ordered that beautiful brand new black Strat from Sweetwater a week or two ago, taking advantage of those insane "Black Friday Sales". Well, the new Strat is absolutely perfect! It plays like a dream, but what is rather odd is that is came stock with .009's which are very light to me. I mean, it's great and the guitar stays in tune, it's intonated, neck is fine, action is fine, etc... So, I will leave it with .009's I guess, but I just roll the tone pot down to "8" to take the bite off the bridge pickup and bridge/middle pickup setting. 1995 Fender Standard Strat --- Open G, action raised up for slide. Ernie Ball Slinky's .010 - .046 2011 Gretsch 5122 --- Regular tuning, gorgeous guitar! Ernie Ball Power Slinky's .011 - .048 2021 Fender Player Strat --- Regular tuning, amazing guitar, just like Clapton's "Blackie". Came stock with Fender 250L crappy strings, .009 - .042 straight from the factory. Getting to the point: I am wondering about changing to an easier string gauge, like .010's on my Gretsch 5122. Don't Gretsch's come factory stocked with .010's originally, or do they come with .011's? I find myself liking .009's on a Strat with the tone rolled off a hair, and I can do incredible string bends and literally FLY all up and down the neck! My Gretsch 5122 has a stock unpinned bridge with the awful TOM bridge saddles, held in place by Blue Loctite. Would .010's be a bit light for it, to where I cranked out Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold" on my Gretsch on the high gain channel, I'd end up moving the whole entire bridge? What do you think? What gauge do you prefer on your Gretsch?