On your journey toward your ideal guitar tone, one aspect you don't want to overlook is your string gauge.
String gauge refers to the thickness of the strings, measured in thousandths of an inch. Thus, a set of "9s" has a top E string measuring .009in thick.
Here are some quick points to consider about lighter and heavier string gauges for you to consider.
In my experience, string gauge has more to do with feel than tone. Yes, I can hear a difference in tone when I go from a set of 9s to a set of 11s...but the difference in feel is massive, especially for my picking hand.
Also, consider this. It's been said that Billy Gibbons, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, Duane Allman and John Petrucci all play (or played) on lighter gauge strings. I don't think I'd accuse any of those guys of having a thin or weak tone.
What are your thoughts on string gauges? What do you prefer? Can you hear a big difference between gauges?
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