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I use D’Addario XL110 10-gauge electric guitar strings. Ideally you have an electric guitar tuner and a string winder. I don’t recommend cell phone tuner apps – they suck!! Get a basic Korg (or whatever brand) chromatic tuner and you’re good to go for life. Mine is 20 years old and still fine.
First, I walk you through the restringing process. Then, I walk you through the fastest method for breaking in your new strings. With some practice, you can change your strings and break in the new strings in about 20-30 minutes. The string change itself takes 5 minutes, and the break-in takes 15-25 minutes if done patiently. Then let the guitar sit for an hour, retune and your good to for practice and rehearsal. I consider it gig-ready the next day, after everything settles overnight.
The sweet spot for strings is the second gig or second long rehearsal, or I guess day 2-3 after heavy play. Day one they will always be very bright and “new” sounding.
I recommend tuning the guitar From ‘Outside to Inside’ with new strings:
(6E 1e) (5A 2B) (4D 3G)
This will especially help if your strat style bridge is floating (trem bridge floats off the body instead of locked down)