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What Gauge is Jimmy's High "E" String?


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not sure, im pretty sure it was a 9 though. but he did have a different in his G and B strings. He replaced his standard G string with an unwound B string, so it would be easier to bend. the high E was then used for the B. not sure if this is 100% true. pretty sure it is but he had a High A string from a tenor banjo replaced the high e. not sure bout the last part

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not sure, im pretty sure it was a 9 though. but he did have a different in his G and B strings. He replaced his standard G string with an unwound B string, so it would be easier to bend. the high E was then used for the B. not sure if this is 100% true. pretty sure it is but he had a High A string from a tenor banjo replaced the high e. not sure bout the last part

9's AFAIK.

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Jimmy Page currently uses (and since the beginning of Zep) Ernie Ball Extra Slinky Strings. (.08 - .38)

Wow! I never even heard or seen of "Extra Slinkys". Crazy.

On the DVD version of "It Might Get Loud" one of the extras was a conversation about the strings they use. Mainly a back and forth between Jack White and the Edge. Jimmy didn't really indicate one way or the other what he was using.

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Wow! I never even heard or seen of "Extra Slinkys". Crazy.

On the DVD version of "It Might Get Loud" one of the extras was a conversation about the strings they use. Mainly a back and forth between Jack White and the Edge. Jimmy didn't really indicate one way or the other what he was using.

Actually,in a 1977 interview,Jimmy stated that he used Ernie Ball SUPER SLINKY strings.

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Actually,in a 1977 interview,Jimmy stated that he used Ernie Ball SUPER SLINKY strings.

Yea thats what I heard (apart from my story). cause if he used Extra Slinky im gonna have to change my guitar gauge to match him once again.

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Heres a few usefull links I found concerning Jimmy and his strings

http://www.ernieball...jimmy-page.html

this says something else: http://wiki.answers...._jimmy_page_use

i still think he uses SUPER SLINKY which is the type i use

EDIT #2:

i also have read that he used SUPER SLINKY but for his high "e" used an 8 gauge

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He has changed his string gague in the past, but always seems to go back to the really light ones:

Guitarist magazine July 2003:

JP: "As a rule the Les Paul was always strung with an .008. Later on, you know how people in the 1980s made strange decisions - how they looked, what music they played? (Laughs) I don't think I looked too bad in the 80's but I definitely changed my strings because of the heavy sets that were around then. But I forgot that the really good guitar sounds had been done with all this quite light stringing."

When he mentions "heavy" strings I think I remember him advertising EB .010s back then, so that only "heavy" for someone used to .008s! And he's since gone back to advertising EBs in the lighter gague.

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I think that Jimmy used both 9's and 8's. I would do the same thing, you know. Change gauges.

Also, referring to the heartbreaker solo once, he said something about "terribly light gauge strings," or something like that, and i don't think he meant 9's.

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