12 votes

Moving short violin bridge towards fingerboard

Optimum bridge position is all tied up with the position of the sound post (which can be moved) and the bass bar (which can't). There's also the matter of getting used to playing a fiddle with non-...
Laurence's user avatar
  • 93k
12 votes

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

Any change in string gauge will cause a neck to move over time, unless you adjust the truss rod to compensate. Movement would be expected to have stopped & settled to its newly-balanced position ...
Tetsujin's user avatar
  • 27.8k
10 votes

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

Seems like the hole the string goes through has sharp edges. Use a tool which is designed to create chamfers for screws, to smooth the rough edges - (a countersinker). Use 3-4 turns of string around ...
Tim's user avatar
  • 193k
8 votes
Accepted

How far can 9's be tuned down?

There are two limiting factors: the lower string tension the more likely they are to buzz on the frets. You can: raise action play lighter, using a softer pick ignore/tolerate it the lower the ...
user1079505's user avatar
  • 16.7k
7 votes

Are there guitar strings thinner than .009's?

It's more common to bend each of the top three - E, B and G -strings, so maybe you could consider keeping the lower three. There are sets out there with something like 'top skinny' as a guide. ...
Tim's user avatar
  • 193k
7 votes

Going to lighter string gauge and bending in tune

There's little difference, and always the possibility that the two guitars aren't the same scale length exactly anyway. You won't have to bend quite so much to get the same semitone/tone bend, and ...
Tim's user avatar
  • 193k
6 votes

Floyd Rose in Standard Tuning with .011 gauge strings

Any vibrato is set up as a balance between the strings and the springs. So once that balance is achieved, it shouldn't make much if any difference whether they're .008s or .013s. Obviously the ...
Tim's user avatar
  • 193k
5 votes

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

I personally would not try it. I think it's a bad idea for several reasons. Reason One - Doubling the 4 wound (fattest strings) might put more tension on the neck than the guitar is built to ...
Rockin Cowboy's user avatar
5 votes

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

I agree with what you heard that if you drop all the strings two frets you want to go up at least one step in string gauge. Perhaps two. I played two frets down in one band and I ended up stringing ...
Todd Wilcox's user avatar
  • 56.8k
5 votes
Accepted

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

There is no correct gauge - for any guitar. There is a manufacturer's recommended gauge, but most players will have their own favourite gauge - I have for 50 odd years - based on playability, tone, ...
Tim's user avatar
  • 193k
4 votes

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

This is extremely common in Mexican music, the artist will use pairs of the same strings and take off the 2nd low E string and play with 11 strings, of course, if you do this you will still need to ...
Aura 's user avatar
  • 41
4 votes
Accepted

Optimal string gauge for beginner electric guitar

It is true that lighter strings will require less finger strength and less exertion to press the strings down onto the frets. If you are struggling with barre chords to get enough pressure on the ...
Rockin Cowboy's user avatar
4 votes

Optimal string gauge for beginner electric guitar

Lost count of the students that I changed strings from .010 to .009 and even .008. But that's not the whole solution. There's the action, which may need tweaking, even (especially) on a new guitar. ...
Tim's user avatar
  • 193k
4 votes

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

Aquila has a "low A" string set for baritone ADGCEA tuning, and even a "low E" set for EADGBE - one octave lower than standard (same as Bass VI tuning). Both are intended for ...
Azarien's user avatar
  • 41
4 votes
Accepted

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

Unfortunately upright bass strings don’t typically give diameter measurements like electric bass strings do. Instead they are usually identified by gauge or tension, light, medium and heavy. This ...
John Belzaguy's user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

Is it possible to find strings in any integer size?

Yes, you can find string gauges in the odd sizes, depending on the manufacturer. I've filled odd sets by pulling from a couple different makers. You can check with Dunlop and D'Addario. As mentioned ...
Alphonso Balvenie's user avatar
3 votes

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

It's all but impossible to play 12 strings in tune. The problem is usually the intonation. Each string needs to be a subtly different length - even on a humble 6 string, you'll notice each saddle is ...
Tim's user avatar
  • 193k
3 votes

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

A few ideas... Pitch: Play the correct pitch with a non-bent 'reference' note and then compare your bent note to that. Do this over and over attempting to match the pitch as closely as possible. For ...
Henry's user avatar
  • 161
3 votes
Accepted

new strings being too stiff to bend on electric guitar

I don't think there's any secret aspect of guitar setup that can make strings seem less stiff, but for general ease of playing with stiffer strings it's worth checking that the action of your guitar ...
Нет войне's user avatar
3 votes

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

You don't say what the guitar is - Les Paul versus Strat means different tensions for the same string gauge and tuning, so it's not that straightforward. It makes sense that whatever tension you are ...
Tim's user avatar
  • 193k
3 votes

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

You can usually step an acoustic guitar down to a lighter gauge of strings without causing too much trouble. The overall tension that the strings put on the guitar will drop, and you should have a ...
whofferbert's user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

Floyd Rose in Standard Tuning with .011 gauge strings

Moving from light gauge strings to heavier gauge stings on a Floyd Rose style bridge will cause you problems; unless you take care to set the bridge up properly, or have a shop or someone set it up ...
whofferbert's user avatar
3 votes

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

I've been told that 12 gauge strings can cause the guitar's neck to bend over time Nor really - a change in string gauge will cause the forces on the neck to be different, and if not compensated for,...
Нет войне's user avatar
3 votes

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

The action and keeping in tune are not particularly related. You could adjust the springs that balance the string tension, but it seems like the problem is more to do with the strings binding at the ...
Tim's user avatar
  • 193k
3 votes

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

Also agree with Tim. If you can't find a champher drill bit, if you can see a sharp edge, use a fractional drill bit and by hand use it to remove any sharp edges and deburr. Also are you using a known ...
F. Hababorbitz's user avatar
2 votes

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

For those wanting easier bending, try Roto strings (Pink if you use .09s) These strings are comparatively more elastic than any others Im aware of, presumably due to lower density alloy. They are also ...
Paka's user avatar
  • 21
2 votes

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

Some very good tips, but one thing that I couldn't see mentioned is scale length and the relationship between string gauge and minimum action. There is no set scale length for guitars, but the most ...
Dave Halsall's user avatar
2 votes

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

If you currently play .010s, I'd go with the Ernie Ball set. I pretty much swear by them for my normally fretted 7-strings and they are fine even down to a weird low-G based tuning I have dabbled with....
Doktor Mayhem's user avatar
  • 36.9k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible