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the numbers on strings are the string gauges:
for electric there is gauge 9, 10, 11, and12. The number of the gauge is judged by how thick the higher-sounding E string is, .009in, .010in, .011in, and .012in. the thicknesses of the other strings go up also:
e-.009in/.23mm, B-.011in/.28mm, G-.016in/.41mm, D-.024in/.61mm, A-.032in./.81mm, E-.042in/1.07mm
e-.010/.25, B-.013/.33 G-.017/.43 D-.026/.66 A-.036/.91 E-.046/1.17
i dont know what 11 or 12 are but theres that. Higher gauge= the better sound, less chance of breaking, but harder to use. i used to use gauge 9 d'addario's when i started, but they were breaking so i switched to gauge 10 d'addario's. i didnt like the bright sound so i switched to ernie ball 10's. they're my preference now and sound and feel perfect. hope that wasn't too confusing