So I'm watching these "gurus" on the internet that say that string gauge doesn't make much difference in the sound of a guitar. Well, that's what I thought... until last week.
I took my blue MIM Strat with Dimarzios to my guitar lesson. Teacher has a 75 Strat with Lindy Fralin pickups. Great sounding guitar. My Strat sounded ok, but the sound paled in comparison to his. I asked him to play my guitar thru his amp and asked him what he thought. He said the sound was a bit thin, and the sustain wasn't quite there as the action was probably a bit low and hard to get hold of for bending. He asked me what strings I had on there. "Ernie Ball hybrids" (9-46), I replied. He said he had Ernie Ball Heavy Top/Light bottom (10-52).
My MIM Strat was always a bit "quacky" and even more so after I put the Dimarzio pickups on. I tried calming the quackiness with 7-way switching, dual tone and .47UF capacitors. All helped a bit. But the most dramatic change came when I put the same Heavy Top/Light bottom strings on as my instructor had. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!! Up until then I thought I preferred my Squier Strat, but after the string change there is no contest. The clarity and pure crystalline sound that I get is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Still hate the color, but couldn't ask for a nicer Strat sound.
Just thought I'd share my experience.
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