Questions tagged [string-gauge]

Gauge is the diameter of a string, a synonym for string-weight.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
19 votes
6 answers
101k views

Do I need to have my guitar re-set up if I change the string gauge

I'm a newbie transitioning to intermediate and I have a rather nice strat with 11 gauge strings. I'd like to try lighter strings but someone told me changing gauge will require the guitar to be re-set ...
Kevin Lawrence's user avatar
14 votes
10 answers
49k views

What type of strings to use for easier bending in fast solos?

I'm getting better at playing that legendary Enter Sandman solo by Kirk Hammett, and I'm getting the speed part almost covered. What I'm struggling with is hitting the target note when bending that ...
Eran Medan's user avatar
11 votes
3 answers
8k views

Can I re-string my 12 string guitar with strings of different octaves?

I have an Ibanez 12-string guitar. I’ve been thinking of changing strings, but instead of simply replacing the octave strings, I would like to put on pairs of the same strings. So my question is: What ...
user27272's user avatar
  • 111
11 votes
3 answers
5k views

Restringing a 12-string guitar with heavier strings - is it possible?

I'm considering using a 12-string guitar I don't play all that much as a testbed: Is it possible to restring an acoustic guitar as a baritone guitar, or even just string it so I can tune it down a few ...
Goodbye Stack Exchange's user avatar
8 votes
6 answers
53k views

Upgrading from 0.009 to 0.010 string gauge. Do I have to do a guitar setup?

I usually use the lightest gauge d'Addario's. And I've been thinking about trying out slinky 10 gauge strings on my guitar. I understand the differences in sound and playability about installing ...
user3789596's user avatar
8 votes
3 answers
5k views

When decreasing string gauge on a bass guitar, will I need to adjust the truss rod?

I'm planning to make some changes to my bass guitar. I'd like to: Moving from heavy to medium strings From flatwound to roundwound strings Lower the action Obviously, the guitar will need a new ...
Goodbye Stack Exchange's user avatar
7 votes
2 answers
87k views

Standard guitar string gauge?

I was reading this article: http://www.epiphone.com/news-features/features/2013/care-and-maintenance-of-your-epiphone.aspx And partway down, it states: An intonation adjustment is usually only ...
tarun's user avatar
  • 2,259
7 votes
5 answers
41k views

What are the repercussions of using really thick gauge strings on my electric guitar?

I have a Jackson King V JS32T electric guitar in blue, see the linked text for specs and the look of it. Anyway, it came with 0.09-0.42 strings and I've been using 0.13-0.56's on it for a little while,...
Dwayne Charrington's user avatar
7 votes
2 answers
1k views

My guitar's high E string keeps snapping at the tuning peg

My guitar's high E string has broken eight times just this month. I never overtune or do really high bends. It always breaks around the tuning peg. There was no rust; it was still new. I even tried to ...
Malu Bulul's user avatar
7 votes
2 answers
2k views

With a Floyd Rose bridge, how big of a difference in string gauge will require a new set-up?

I have a new Schecter Hellraiser Extreme that came with stock 10-46's. I prefer a hybrid 9-46 (only the thinnest 3 strings are different guage) -to bend a bit better.... Is that minor enough change ...
TheAxxe's user avatar
  • 151
6 votes
4 answers
31k views

Switching my strings from 10's to 9's - am I in for more fret buzz?

So, I'm playing an Agile 200 Les Paul copy (tune o matic bridge). I've had 10's on it and sadly it has some fret buzz. I recently got it set up to eliminate the buzz and the tech got it pretty close. ...
user avatar
6 votes
2 answers
528 views

Going to lighter string gauge and bending in tune

I usually play on electric guitar with strings that are marked as '10 in gauge. I learned to play bends in tune (most of the time) and recently I bought a new (electric) guitar that's also set up to '...
Snaz's user avatar
  • 71
6 votes
2 answers
2k views

Can I use one string gauge for standard D and drop B tuning?

I've been using 10 - 48 gauge strings for standard E tuning for 3 years, but I want to change to standard D tuning. I read somewhere that I should use 11 - 58 or 10 - 58 gauge strings for this tuning; ...
amir mehr's user avatar
6 votes
1 answer
2k views

Is it OK to replace a harp string with an adjacent string?

I'm trying to fix up my girlfriend's Salvi concert harp, but just as I finally got the whole thing stringed and tuned, another string broke, and sadly, we did not have this specific string in stock. ...
Sanchises's user avatar
  • 345
6 votes
1 answer
225 views

Restringing a 7 string bass: Considerations

I'm considering buying a 7 string bass which is currently strung in standard tuning (B-F in 4ths). I would like to restring it from F# to C, and drop the F# down a step to E. I'm aware of the tonal ...
David's user avatar
  • 61
5 votes
6 answers
752 views

Moving short violin bridge towards fingerboard

My violin bridge is slightly too short; if I place it between the f-hole notches as it should be, action becomes too low. I normally use heavy gauge strings to partially compensate for lost tension. ...
WantsToLearn's user avatar
5 votes
4 answers
2k views

Can a 12 gauge string cause the neck of a guitar to bend over time?

I've have Epiphone Dove pro acoustic guitar, the most expensive I've ever bought. Around over 500 dollars. And recently I've been told that 12 gauge strings can cause the guitar's neck to bend over ...
Shahzad Rahim's user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
3k views

Floyd Rose in Standard Tuning with .011 gauge strings

I have always played with medium to heavy gauge strings in standard tuning. I got used to that feel while in school for Jazz Studies and have stuck with it ever since. I'm interested in learning ...
Joe Cannatti's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
5k views

What string gauge should I use for my 7th string on a guitar

As per this question, I bought myself a very nice Ibanez 7 string which I have tuned as A-D-A-D-G-B-E (giving a very nice fat sound which works with the kind of music the band plays) I didn't think ...
Doktor Mayhem's user avatar
  • 36.9k
4 votes
2 answers
2k views

How does the violin strings' gauge affect the instrument's functionality

There are several gauges in violin string, heavy, medium, thin etc. I know the heavier the strings the louder the tone, but Does it affect the richness (complexity of overtones etc.) of the tone? ...
Shimmy Weitzhandler's user avatar
4 votes
0 answers
58 views

Silk classical guitar string gauge is too big for bridge holes

My classical guitar has a plastic bridge with pre-drilled or precast holes gauged for standard nylon classical strings. I got some silk strings which are a bit higher gauge and don’t all fit by just ...
Alistair Rio's user avatar
3 votes
3 answers
3k views

How far can 9's be tuned down?

Apologies if this question has been answered elsewhere, but before I commit to getting my guitars set-up, I was wondering if anyone has had any trouble using 9–42 tuned down a half-step (I currently ...
Pietro Paparella's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
435 views

Which type of guitar string is most durable?

I just broke another guitar string while tuning. I realize there are many different types of strings to choose from and for this reason wished to ask: which type of steel strings for an acoustic ...
aitía's user avatar
  • 183
3 votes
3 answers
5k views

Optimal string gauge for beginner electric guitar

I'm currently learning guitar and started out with an electric guitar that came pre-strung with .010's. I'm wondering if learning with .009's is much easier to learn chords. Is there a benefit to ...
Megatron's user avatar
  • 269
3 votes
2 answers
2k views

What is the correct string gauge for an Alvarez LJ2E acoustic guitar?

I am going to change the strings on this guitar for the first time. A google search brings up one website that says that it uses 13-56 strings, but this is not mentioned on the official Alvarez ...
InvalidBrainException's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
57 views

Trying to lower string gauge - how to measure what I have now?

I've been playing shows at a local theatre for the past several years and when our April show was cancelled, they paid everyone anyway. So I'm planning to invest it in my kit. For the past few shows, ...
luser droog's user avatar
  • 15.1k
3 votes
1 answer
5k views

Tension for nylon strings on Lyre

I'm currently in the process of restoring my [alto] Lyre, and I was wondering if there would be implications from using nylon strings instead of steel. There would be two reasons to use nylon over ...
Max Chuquimia's user avatar
3 votes
3 answers
8k views

String gauge for playing on Drop G# on a 25.5 scale 7 string guitar

I recently bought an Ibanez RG7421, which is a 7 string guitar with a 25.5 scale. It came tuned in standard tuning (from 1st to 7th: E B G D A E B). I want to tune it to drop G# (D# C F# C# G# D# G#) ...
Juan Pablo Mendez Nogales's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
94 views

looking for the best string gauge to play drop tunings from drop c to drop A [closed]

I have found some 12-60's in DR brand and was curious what the highest tuning they could reach and the lowest tuning they could reach with no issues my current plan as far as playing setup is to have ...
George Gordon's user avatar
2 votes
5 answers
4k views

Are there guitar strings thinner than .009's?

I'm a beginner on electric guitar. My current strings are 9-42 gauge nickel plated and I'm having a hard time bending them plus my hands get tired easily. I've been looking at coated and lighter ...
Alan sparks's user avatar
2 votes
3 answers
852 views

How much can we lower the tuning on a classical guitar?

I'm wondering if the following tuning can be used in a regular classical guitar A3 E3 C3 G2 D2 A1 and if so, what set of strings could be used? I'm worried maybe the tension would be too much, but ...
P. C. Spaniel's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
134 views

guitar, six string, steel strings, what gauge will provide noticeably lighter action?

My strings are old and don't remember their gauge. Either standard or on the heavy side as I like the tone of heavier gauge. Anyway, now I want to restring the guitar for my son who is just beginning....
Michael Curtis's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
547 views

Is there a chance for heavy violin strings to harm the instrument?

Is there anything like that that heavy or other kinds of violin-strings should break down the instrument?
Shimmy Weitzhandler's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
61 views

How do I keep my guitar in tune with out affecting the action?

I recently changed the strings on my strat from 9s to 10s. I play with my fingers and not a pick, so lighter gauge strings for me are hard to pluck because they bend so easily when I pull on them, ...
Adrian nunez's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
337 views

Hard String Tension on a short neck (Change Gauge?)

I have an Ibanez 1570 (24 Frets) and love the tension and an EVH Wolfgang Special. I always use Gauge: 9 to 42 The wolfgang special has a shorter neck but the tension is really hard. Why? I've ...
Steven's user avatar
  • 395
2 votes
3 answers
2k views

Strat tuned to C standard with 13-56 strings - intonation problems

I play a hardtail stratocaster with the following set of strings: 13, 17, W26, W36, W44, W56 (W means wound) and tuned to C standard: C F Bb Eb G C. Since all the time now I have intonation issues. ...
Falco's user avatar
  • 21
2 votes
3 answers
567 views

12 String guitar going out of tune around the 8th fret on the high e, b and g

I just bought my 12 string guitar and the g,b and high e string go out of tune when i play it around the 8th fret i'm really getting worried. I'm wondering if its a problem with the type of strings it ...
Jose galvan's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
98 views

Query about setting up a guitar

I have recently bought LTD AC 10E left handed. It came with a set of 10s and it is tuned half step down. Now I mostly tune standard B or C and use a higher gauge. So if I put a set of 12s on this ...
Kazi Ayon's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
333 views

Will different gauges resolve my sound/distortion problem?

So, i have a cheap electric stratocaster with cheap pickups and a cheap ampli, now, at start i had 09-11-16-24-32-42 strings on, it was too buzzy when distorted on G/B/E but preatty nice sound on e/A/...
Xandru's user avatar
  • 917
2 votes
3 answers
284 views

Jazz guitar: thin tone on strings 1-2

Hi jazz guitar experts - I'm able to get a nice warm, muted, jazzy tone on strings 3-6, but not 1-2. This persists across different guitars, amps, and tone settings. For example, I've tried Heritage ...
user2556667's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
1k views

Can you move the strings on 3/4 size electric guitar to get better tuning?

I’m currently working with a ¾ size electric guitar for my daughter. The problem I have is putting the right strings on it to get a stable standard E tuning (EADGBE). The person I bought it off said ...
swampf0etus's user avatar
2 votes
3 answers
804 views

New strings to fix acoustic intonation issue?

I have just purchased a second hand acoustic guitar: a Sigma 000MC-15E. The strings it came with tune fine but the high e string sounds noticeably out of tune even when played just at the third fret! ...
Freddie Thompson's user avatar
1 vote
3 answers
118 views

Thicker string gauge

I'm a beginner and im thinking of getting thicker gauge strings and a guitar store employee told me that if the thicker string doesn't fit around the nut I'll have to go and get my guitar a setup. If ...
Jinxed's user avatar
  • 287
1 vote
2 answers
4k views

new strings being too stiff to bend on electric guitar

I recently (10 day) changed my electric guitar's strings (Ibanez rg with zero-edge2 bridge). The stock strings with it was Daddario but i didn't know the string gauge of them so after deciding to ...
sajjad fereshteh'hush's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
447 views

Tension/gauge less prone to buzzing

Is there a type of string (high tension or low tension) that is less prone to generate buzzing on the acoustic guitar ? I've mainly heard these few arguments so far : high tension strings are larger,...
021's user avatar
  • 645
1 vote
4 answers
603 views

Which acoustic guitar string gauge to buy as a beginner ({.009-.045},{.010-.050},{.011-.052})

As I started to learn to play acoustic guitar, I broke 1st string e 2 times straight in a week. Can anybody tell me which string is best for a beginner (by best expectation from the string is to be ...
Ashwani Singh's user avatar
1 vote
3 answers
235 views

Question about string gauges!

Hey guys I'm very new to guitar as in like I need to restring my old guitars that I got years ago but never even bothered to learn before I can actually start to learn. My question is what gauge ...
jayme belonge's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
387 views

Stringing an acoustic for down-tuning

Any acoustic guitar experts willing to help me out with some info? I would like to have an acoustic guitar tuned down a step and a half (C#F#BEG#C#, and at times open Bsus2 BF#BEbF#C#) for a big warm ...
Jake James's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
942 views

Do I need to adjust the truss rod when I change string gauge [duplicate]

I am changing the string gauge of my electric guitar from 9's to 10's, will I need to adjust the truss rod, if so could anyone recommend tutorials ?
jaden-lesuk's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
565 views

Is there an advantage to medium gauge over light if I'm not adding tension?

I recently got a 12 string acoustic, and due to availability, put a set of D'addario mediums on (they had light, the store owner recommended meduim). It sounded great, however that's my first time ...
Brydon Gibson's user avatar