What gauge strings do you use on your hollow body?

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  1. Gregor

    Gregor Country Gent

    10s for me and although I bend a lot especially country and blues, I don't often do more than a full step bend...hey, I'm 79 folks.
  2. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    I tend to use 11-48, but I do say that the 10-46 work just fine for me and easier on my old hands...
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  3. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    11-49 on everything including my 6120 and my 6136, and 12-52 on my Esquire.
    Bending the G is my only trick so I have to be able to do it on all my guitars.
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  4. The Eastman AR610, which is a acoustic hollow body , came with 12’s. I stuck with them a long time as you need them to shake that top and push air. But when i had the Barberra transducer installed, i went down to 11’s. I can play 12’s, but my fingers prefer 11. My hotrod now has 10’s, because it has pickups and is not meant for acoustic volume. As does my guild Stratford . Another guild i have has 11’s, which i deal with. When i got my takamine acoustic years ago, i always used 10’s. But one day i put on 11’s and the volume jumped. Not enough to make me go to 12, so 11 is the mid point for me. I know some archtop players using 13, and I believe i have seen thicker sets than that. Not sure how one plays 14’s and bends. I am guessing its for when you go back in time and play in a swing band before amps.
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  5. juks

    juks Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    9/10/11. If the guitar has no nut issues, I just replace the same gauge it came with. All those work for me.
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  6. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    I'm not a string snob... Any set of 10s is fine. Currently using Brite Wires...
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  7. Pine Apple Slim

    Pine Apple Slim Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2011
    North Alabama
    Been using D'Addario Nickelwound XLs since forever mainly cause I can always go to Just Strings and order some up right quickly and they seem to do the job just fine. Plus just about any music store sells them. Back in the day I was a GHS Nickelwound Boomers guy but those got hard to find. The D'Addarios were commonplace so I switched.
    I pretty much run 10-46 on all my electric guitars, solid, semi, or hollow, with a few exceptions. For the Pro Jet 10s are just a bit slinkier than on the Telecaster, not a big deal to me. For stability with the Bigsby I kept 11-49s on the 24.75ish scale 5120(now moved on), and am currently running 10.5-48s on the 25.5 scale White Falcon. But I'm going back to 10-46s next time. With the pinned bridge I think it will be fine.

    Flat top acoustics I like Elixer Nanowebs. Usually reg 12 light ga. unless I'm stringing up my D28 for a serious bluegrass situation, then I might go with 13s. They sound pretty good, they are consistent, and they last a long time. Didn't like the D'Addario coated ones. They sound harsh to me and didn't feel as nice, but their reg phosphor bronze is fine.
    For flatwounds, I really like the Tomastick Infied Jazz Swings.
    My bass has Labella Deep Talking Flats, love em.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2021
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  8. oneforsorrow

    oneforsorrow Synchromatic

    May 15, 2020
    I bend but not those big Tele country licks. Usually limited to 1/2 step on all but the first and second where I might occasionally go a full step. I use custom gauge pure nickel round cores by Curt Mangan (11-15-22w-30-42-50). They’re the longest lasting, most stable strings I’ve found for my taste. Great feel and tone. And they hold their pitch. Love them!
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  9. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    Right now my Tele’s get 9’s. I like to bend more than ever these days on Tele’s. All other guitars get 10s EXCEPT Gretsch guitars and any other hollow bodies. Those get 11’s, and currently the only fully hollow body in my stable sports 11 gauge flats.
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  10. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
    11s up to 13s depending on which archtop guitar. My 50xx and 60xx Gretsch's get 11 to 50s, currently i like the DR pure blues.
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  11. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    There are some exceptions (a couple w/ NYXL .011-.049, a couple w/ TI flats .011-47) but mostly NYXL .010-.046. I still sub in an NYXL .018W for the 3rd string on a few of the Gretsches wearing bar bridges cut for them, but mostly just stick w/ the unwound 3rd from the pack otherwise.
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  12. MikeSchindler

    MikeSchindler Synchromatic

    Feb 3, 2014
    11s Daddario on Gretsch 6122-62-

    10s Daddario on 6120 sslvo and 5420

    10s on Fender Strat Roadworn 60s

    9-46 custom set on Les Paul
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  13. MichaelRopp

    MichaelRopp Electromatic

    Jan 20, 2021
    I use Labella Jazz Flats. I have an Epiphone Joe Pass strung with 12's, and a G6120T Setzer Nashville strung with 11's. I've used D'Addario Chromes often as well and really like those.
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  14. juks

    juks Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    In my active bass playing days I was picky though. I used Maxima Gold Strings. Don't know if they still exist.

    They were bit more expensive as they were indeed gold plated. But they lasted way longer than normal strings. At least for Ric bass played with pick that brightness is something you want.
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  15. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    10's on acoustic electrics and 9's on my Jets. That just seems right to me;)
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  16. Naveall

    Naveall Electromatic

    Jul 29, 2021
    St John, WA
    Where do get flat wounds at best kind I use darreo (spelt wrong) on all mine
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  17. pete12string

    pete12string Electromatic

    Aug 7, 2021
    New Jersey
    Not sure if you are asking where to get flat wounds, but if you are, here you go:
  18. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    I use the bottom three from this set with a .010”, .013” and .017” D’Addario plain steel singles up top. I use Strings By Mail and with Thomastiks there is no price penalty for buying individual strings.
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  19. bhatta

    bhatta Gretschie

    Jun 29, 2020
    Hybrid Slinkies in all electrics...

    D'addario flatwound on Gretsch. This one:

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  20. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Generally a gauge heavier than the solid bodies, 11 or even 12s.
    I figure the top has to move to sound like a hollow body. Also I wanted the strings to act as a deterrent for frivolous and unnecessary(my middle name) bends. Kinda works. Of course I stopped playing hollow bodies altogether. :rolleyes:
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