Originally Posted by Leon
When I was in high school and college, I used super heavy gauge strings, but nowadays the gauges I use are pretty average (I use 10 gauge for E and even sometimes a 9 gauge for E. In high school and college, I usually used wound G strings, but I haven't used a wound G string in 16+ years). You often hear about the "light top, heavy bottom." Mine are more like "average top, slightly heavy bottom." I mean, a 59 gauge in B is still less tension than a 48 in E, after all.
I don't exactly want high-tension wires as strings, but I've had a lot of experience with light gauges for lower tunings and I've never really been a fan.
But like I've said (and others too), it really does come down to taste and playing style. Some people can pull off playing styles in certain gauges that other people couldn't pull off simply because the way they play is too different.
And in regards to the subject of this thread, Slipknot's sound is neither the high-tension sound of a baritone guitar or a standard scale guitar with super heavy gauge strings nor the super low-tension sound of a standard-scale guitar with light gauge strings in B. It's definitely more of a standard-scale guitar with a string gauge "typical" for B - 56 to 64 apparently being the range of gauges for B used throughout the 20+ years of the band.