Anyone using 10’s?



  • MikeKMikeK Asheville, NCNew Altamira M-30, Altamira M-10
    Posts: 389

    Looks like I'm the "odd man out" here. I use Argie 11's (from Michael), but the .11 is too thin-sounding/thin-feeling for me, especially when soloing. So I disregard the .11 and put on a D'addario .13 in its place. To my ear and hands, that makes a perfect feel & sound. When I play friends' GJ guitars with .10's, I can feel it right away and it seems to lack the power I seek in tone and feel that I perceive from heavier strings. But hey, if .10's were good enough for Django, that should settle it, right?

  • lukejazzlukejazz Natchitoches, Louisiana✭✭✭ Dunn Belleville, Dupont MD50
    Posts: 39

    Interesting comments! I tried putting 10’s on my MD50 but got mostly rattles. I’m seeing some fret wear on a couple of the lower position frets under the treble strings so maybe it’s time for new frets/setup.

  • wimwim ChicagoModerator Barault #503 replica
    Posts: 1,459

    If 11's became available in Django's years, I'll bet he'd have switched in a heartbeat.

  • jonpowljonpowl Hercules, CA✭✭✭ Dupont MD-100, Altamira M01F
    Posts: 707

    10's and 11's are very close in size. I wonder if we could identily extra light and light in a blindfold test?


    1610 Extra Light Ball End - 10 14 22 28 36 45

    1610MF Light Ball End - 11 15 23 29 37 46

    1510 Extra Light Loop End 10 14 22 28 36 45

    1510MF Light Loop End - 11 15 23 29 37 46

  • DoubleWhiskyDoubleWhisky Upper FranconiaNew Dupont MD60, 1940s Castelluccia
    edited September 2022 Posts: 144

    Just out of interest, how can you tell string gauge from watching Youtube videos? If I take for example Savarez .11 and .10 Galli Silk and Steel, the colour of the winding at the end of the bridge is the same (red), so what are other anchors for judging?

  • JSantaJSanta NY✭✭✭ Dupont, Gaffiero, AJL
    Posts: 272

    I've got one my guitars strung up with my hybrid set, and another one with the 11 Saverez strings. The 10s are much less stiff compared to the 10s (referencing the wound strings specifically). That being said, one of the Gaffiero's is Selmer scale (the one with 11s), and the other is a Busato scale (hybrid set). The strings feel like night and day.

    It sounds really silly considering how close the sets really are, but I have found that by switching to the lighter gauge, the guitar is not stiff or fighting me. I can be more expressive and the bass tones are not as heavy sounding.

  • pdgpdg ✭✭
    Posts: 473

    Oh, good point, Tchangovidal, I think I just saw the red and assumed Argentine.

  • juandererjuanderer New ALD Original, Manouche Latcho Drom Djangology Koa, Caro y Topete AR 740 O
    Posts: 205

    I use 10s from time to time on my main guitar (especially in Winter). My name is pretty long.

  • Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
    Posts: 1,858

    That top .10 string gets way too plinky for me. Gotta have an .11

    The rest I don’t care.

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  • pdgpdg ✭✭
    Posts: 473

    I've mentioned before that you can easily buy "10 1/2" gauge strings (.0105"). Surprising that not a single person seems to prefer that gauge, what with all the discussion of 10s vs. 11s!

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