1 ThePolecats 7 months ago I use string gauges that come in pacts of strings and don't customize them at all. On Strats I prefer .10s so I use usually Fender pure nickel Bullet end strings. On my 1965 Country Club I use .10s which are usually D'Addario pure nickel. If I change brands due to availability or not then I just use the same gauge even if the low string is different gauge since different brands may have a different low string. I was at Guitar Center and I tried a used Dean Palomino. I recall when these came out I saw them in a guitar magazine, in fact a green kind of like surf green was the one in the magazine and when I was at GC I saw a used Palomino with 3 P90s in green just like I saw in the magazine yeas ago. I liked the guitar. I like the giant body but wish they had dog ears rather than soap bars. I know at the GDP this guitar got mixed reviews. One person said it was stiff and lifeless like many other low budget hollow bodies but to me I liked it. Didn't buy it as I have many a hollow body now. Well I asked the tech there if he'd be so kind to tell me what gauge the strings are. He took out the caliper and measured and figured out it was a .11 set but the 1st string was not an .11 but was a .14 and so was the second string. I forgot the low number. I thought the .14 on the E along with the B was a pretty good set actually and never thought of doing that. I probably won't do that but thought it was good.Do any of you make your own custom set of strings? I mean not from scratch obviously but I mean mix and match different string sets to make your own?