Re: Recommended string gauge
- From: "RichL" <rpleavitt@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 21:13:05 GMT
ARLOWE <ARLOWE@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Box Monster brought next idea :
I'm thinking of getting my guitar restrung because these strings are
getting kind of old. But, I haven't been able to decide on a string
gauge. I know that lighter gauge strings make fretting, sliding, and
bending easier, which is good since I'm a soloist. On the other hand,
lower gauge strings have a better tone and are less prone to
breakage. I'm torn.
Just from my own limited experience.
Larger strings are louder... but have a bit less sustain. It's really
noticable on the low E. I find that larger unwound strings seem to
sound a bit better when playing slurs.
Hammer ons and flick offs seem to take more effort, but you get a
payoff with a higher volume that I didn't get with lighter strings.
The big problem I have with bigger strings is bending....it really is
hard to do full step bends...unless you like pain.
Practice them! You'll get used to it in time.
I'm not what you'd call a muscular type at all (think science nerd), but
I can do two-full-step bends on a 10-52 string set without a problem.
But it took years to get to that point.
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