Very interesting, Flyer91. I've heard about Gibbons use of EQ and preference for thin string gauges. I agree, do what you want with your guitar. All this talk about bridges, design, intention and execution is supposed to help those looking for their own aesthetic and preference. For example, I now prefer 10s on almost all my guitars but run 11s on shorter scales and 1 of my Jazzmasters. I like offset trems, its one of my favorite to play with--and I like both designs (floating/pinned bridge). I use Mastery, Staytrem, and stock JM bridges--they all work well for their intended design. I dislike Buzzstops and TOMs with vibrato units--mainly because of my experience with the Bigsby B5 and Gretsch bridges (solid rocking bars and high-quality rollers are all I use). Besides the Buzzstop 'killing' all that smooth trem action, I dislike the appearance. I'm happy with my setups and prefs, they suit ME well, but it's not the same for everyone. Unlike Gibbons, Flyer91, or the OP, I don't like 9s in any context, because I have a heavy picking hand and also fingerpick with a thumb pick. My fingers will snap the string out of tune at speed with 9 gauge. It's also crazy to me about EQ-ing so many guitars to the same curve--I play different guitars for different sounds, traditional or not. I want spikey treble from 1 meg pots sometimes, or muted underwater sounds from a rolled back tone control. I'm not annoyed to adjust my amp tone controls either. But thats the point, we can do whatever we want with our gear and that is OK. I rather focus on pragmatic solutions and the pluses/minuses of each to help other players for their given needs. In other words, just make it your own and then play it. I don't think it would kill ya' if you put 10s on that Jag either!