SE Paul's Guitar questions

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Voxen, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. Voxen

    Voxen New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi there,

    I've purchased my first PRS guitar, its an SE Paul's Guitar fire red.
    Already in love with it :)

    I'd like to know what strings are recommended for this guitar?
    It's not listed in the specs.

    I'm using Ernie Ball regular slinky (10-46) on my LP. Would they fit on the PRS without adjusting the nut?

    Thanks!
     
  2. colinkanders

    colinkanders Compulsive Noodler

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2017
    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    119
    If I remember correctly, SEs come with 9-42 strings. Going up to 10-46 shouldn't require a nut adjustment, but if it does, it would be very minor.
     
  3. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2018
    Messages:
    2,349
    Likes Received:
    3,853
    Yep, comes with PRS 9s
     
  4. Shawn@PRS

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 1985
    Messages:
    6,884
    Likes Received:
    17,184
    Howdy - While most of the SE line is strung with 9-42 gauge strings, the Paul's SE is strung with 10-46 gauge strings.
     
  5. Voxen

    Voxen New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks!

    I’d like to try 9-42 strings, will that require a nut adjustment?
     
  6. colinkanders

    colinkanders Compulsive Noodler

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2017
    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    119
    I stand corrected!
     
    [email protected] likes this.
  7. grausch

    grausch New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2016
    Messages:
    494
    Likes Received:
    697
    No, you would only file the nut slots if you increase the string gauge.
     
    bodia likes this.
  8. Voxen

    Voxen New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sorry I meant the neck... not the nut.
     
  9. Shawn@PRS

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 1985
    Messages:
    6,884
    Likes Received:
    17,184
    For optimum feel and tone, it's always best to dial-in the guitar for the string gauge being used. This means it might require a slight truss rod tweak and a slight adjustment to the intonation and claw screws, if you had a trem equipped guitar.
     
    g.wizz and bodia like this.
  10. Victek

    Victek New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2013
    Messages:
    237
    Likes Received:
    125
    The 9-42 set will put a little less tension on the neck, so the action might be a bit lower. I would just try it and see.
     
  11. CyFan4036

    CyFan4036 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2018
    Messages:
    292
    Likes Received:
    236
    Man, you can set up a guitar to use whatever string gauge you want. This is guitar 101 stuff that every guitarist should know and be able to do.
     
  12. Tim S

    Tim S King of the barre chord

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2018
    Messages:
    541
    Likes Received:
    1,180
    Everyone starts from the same place. Patience is a virtue.
     
  13. Macallan18

    Macallan18 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2020
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi,

    sorry for digging out this old thread, but I just purchased an SE Paul's Guitar Fire Red just like the OP. I wonder if 10-46 is still recommended because the PRS website states


    I'm not supposed to post any links because I'm a new user but it's the first result when searching for "changing string gauges" at prsguitars.com. For now I'd like to stick with the original gauges because I'm not familiar with adjusting stoptail bridges yet. Can you please advise?

    Thanks a lot!
     
  14. Victek

    Victek New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2013
    Messages:
    237
    Likes Received:
    125
    If you're comfortable playing the 10-46 string set and you like the sound you're good to go.
     
  15. Draconomics

    Draconomics Celebrating 15 years of bad tone

    Joined:
    May 27, 2020
    Messages:
    755
    Likes Received:
    1,469
    I use a set of 8s on mine, but it did end up requiring a new nut. I wpuld add you might want to consider swapping the nut out anyway, even if you don't plan to use any different string gauges. I thought the stock nut was a bit too soft.
     
  16. Macallan18

    Macallan18 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2020
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks for your quick replies. I think my question was a bit ambiguous. I bought the guitar recently and have no idea what strings what it was factory set-up with. According to the PRS website it should be 9-42, but according to Shawn's posting it should be 10-46. I'm perfectly fine with the strings I'm using right now and have no intention to change gauges, but I don't know what to buy when they need to be replaced. The ball ends are colorful, so I suppose it could be D'addarios, but 9-42 or 10-46? Thanks again!
     
  17. Draconomics

    Draconomics Celebrating 15 years of bad tone

    Joined:
    May 27, 2020
    Messages:
    755
    Likes Received:
    1,469
    Ah I see. So they do come with D'addarios. I'm not sure if they use regular D'addarios or the PRS branded ones. When it comes to string brands, it's good to experiment and try different ones to see what you like. I still use D'addarios to this day.
     
  18. grausch

    grausch New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2016
    Messages:
    494
    Likes Received:
    697
    Not all SEs come with 9-42s. Some of them, like the Bernie and the Paul’s come stock with 10-46s.
     
  19. Macallan18

    Macallan18 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2020
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks everybody!
     
  20. morscherszenasi

    morscherszenasi New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2020
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    19
    In Les Pauls i also use a 10-46 but in my Pul’s SE i’m using 9-42 becouse of the different mensure.It works well to me.I’ve tried with both and the 10s are hard to me more than i like.I’m also using EB strings.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice