String gauges

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Andrew Paul, Jan 28, 2020.

  1. Timmy

    Timmy New Member

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    Hey Pete, that was my initial thought too when I ordered the 8-40s, maybe too slinky.
    The 9-42s on the 594 are pretty slinky on the bass strings, but I'm getting used to 'em.
    We'll see how the 40's feel on the CU24.
     
  2. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I'm a 9 guy. Find them perfect for the 594.
     
  3. grausch

    grausch New Member

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    Try some of the 9-46 sets if 42s are too slinky on the bass strings. I really like these “hybrid” sets as a lot of the stuff I play requires fast palm muted power chords. I find that having less flop on the bass strings makes it easier to get those rhythms right.
     
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  4. Timmy

    Timmy New Member

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    Hey Grausch, ya I was using 9-46, gone down to 9-42.
    I'm really liking the feel, but it definitely takes some getting used to.
     
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  5. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    anyone else here switch to a bass vi after hearing the weak tone in that one video? HEAVY EYELINER
     
  6. Mark Maxwell

    Mark Maxwell Dead Souls Waiting Room

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    Hi there, I am used to 9's and am thinking of changing the standard 10's on my new PRS CE. May I ask? Will I have to have my guitar set up when I change strings? Thanks. :)
     
  7. stratlanta

    stratlanta How do brushstroke birds fly?

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    Hi there! Hard to say for sure but I doubt that a full setup will be required. I've moved all of my PRS to 9's over the last few weeks and haven't had any real issues. The only thing you may have to do is adjust the trem springs in the back of the guitar - you may have to loosen them a bit to compensate for the lower string tension and to keep the trem flat/parallel to the body. Of course every guitar is different and a setup never hurts when making changes. Some necks move more than others but so far most of mine have been very stable. If all else fails you can go back to 10s. ;-)
     
  8. Timmy

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    On the 549 going from 10s to 9-46 I didn't have to do anything.
    9-42 got a slight TR adjustment, 8-40 got another slight TR adjustment and
    a slight intonation adjustment.

    Neck got a slight adjustment and the springs got a turn on the CU24 after
    going to 9-42.
     
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  9. Micky!

    Micky! Dragon trainer

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    Same for me. I am just lost with low tuning. I use my CE-22 in D standard, it was sounding good with 10, but it was missing some tension. I put some 11 on it and now it way too fat... I think I will go back to 10 even for D... I will maybe try the same trick that I use on my LP custom that I tune in drop D, I use 10 with a 50 low E string.
     
  10. Bob Hundemer

    Bob Hundemer New Member

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    I just got a 2020 594 and I believe it came with 10s. For the time being I'll keep them on mainly because they feel ok. The rest of my guitars all have 9s. Including my 98 McCarty.
     
  11. Timmy

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    It's taken awhile to lighten up on both hands, but the more I play the 8-40s, the more
    I'm likin' em...
     
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  12. Rider1260

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    I can play on 9s but I need more girth to feel comfortable so 10s on my 25" scale and 9.5s on my 25.5"
    If I was to get a 594 I would try 11s fo a bit. I really liked the one DGT I played will 11s so much control when you play hard.
    When I was young I always played 11s with a wound 3rd on my Strats , ate frets and twisted that old 3 bolt neck but sounded great.
     
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