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NickNihil

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I'd been rocking 11-50's on my OG STV, AL HH, and STV Goldie but missed playing on 12's as I did with my old Jazzmaster (standard tuning). So a couple months ago I started experimenting with with a Stringjoy custom set of 12-52's

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Kind of a mild heavier top/lighter bottom setup. Love it. I'd feared from some past experiences that the low end would overwhelm some of the darker, thicker minihumbuckers/humbuckers but nope, I was probably just an idiot (as I often am). Lots of bold punch and body, still maintains clarity. Perhaps I'm among the last of a dying breed or just opting for a more jazz-like setup on guitars meant aimed at rock n' rollers, but I love it and highly recommend it.
 

Lucien2

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interesting. Conversely I've been getting lighter, moving from 11 to 10 and now 9. Tone hasn't suffered, bending is way easier. If I didn't rely on bends so much (especially the G string) I'd be tempted to try 12 just to hear what's on offer
 

St_G

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I run 12s on my hollowbody, because the (cheap) Bigsby on there seems to like a lot of tension in order to maintain tuning stability, but otherwise I tend to run 11s on my 24.75" scale instruments and 10s on my 25.5" ones.
 

Vadauco

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Meanwhile I'm playing 7's and loving it. Endless bends for hours, zero fatigue.
 

Astrofreq

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I've been loving 9's since I started playing guitar. I've tried 10's & 11's from time to time, but really hated my inability to bend like crazy with my small hands. That being said, glad you are digging 12's, so more power to you.

I do have 11's on my 20" mini electric, but that's because it needs the tension. :)
 
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