What electric guitar string gauge is the best for soloing?

Hey everyone, ive been playing guitar for about 6 months now and im just wondering which gauge string is the best for nailing solos. Right now im using 11’s. Thanks!

Chosen Answer:

It depends on your finger strength. If your finger can handle it, heavier string rewards you with more sustain and thicker tone.
Thicker string like 0.11 also feels better for the picking hand, if you play a lot of fast picking it may help you feel which note you are on.
I used to play with 0.11 for a few months until yesterday (18-12-2011). The tone is great, but I’m learning a song right now which incorporate a lot of full step bending, and wider than usual vibrato, OUCH!!!
Now I use 0.10s. Much better, it feels really light. I might switch back to 0.11 later though.
Your vibrato will also suffer if using thick strings and your finger arent strong enough!
So the answer is: it really depends on you.
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on: 25th December 11

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5 Responses to What electric guitar string gauge is the best for soloing?

  1. evan says:

    Custom light. 10-46.

  2. OU812 says:

    All up to the individual. There is no best for everyone. Billy Gibbons makes 8’s sound good. I personally use 9’s on Fender scale guitars and 10’s on Gibson scale guitars. If you do drop tuning you will most likely want heavier strings.

  3. Prabowo says:

    It depends on your finger strength. If your finger can handle it, heavier string rewards you with more sustain and thicker tone.
    Thicker string like 0.11 also feels better for the picking hand, if you play a lot of fast picking it may help you feel which note you are on.
    I used to play with 0.11 for a few months until yesterday (18-12-2011). The tone is great, but I’m learning a song right now which incorporate a lot of full step bending, and wider than usual vibrato, OUCH!!!
    Now I use 0.10s. Much better, it feels really light. I might switch back to 0.11 later though.
    Your vibrato will also suffer if using thick strings and your finger arent strong enough!
    So the answer is: it really depends on you.

  4. gordo says:

    9 thru 42 is the best for soloing as they allow for easier bending. I have been playing for 51 years and teaching for 47 years and have observed students having difficulty doing bending when the gauge is heavier than than 9 thru 42.

  5. andre says:

    Ernie Ball Skinny top Heavy bottom.

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