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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-08-2010, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Herman Li EGEN18 String Gauges / Brand

Does anyone know the string gauge / brand of strings that come stock on the Herman Li EGEN18 (Purple Model)? I just purchased this guitar, and really love the feel / tone on these strings and wanted to get exact replacements.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-08-2010, 10:27 AM
 
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Re: Herman Li EGEN18 String Gauges / Brand

Probably Daddario 9 to 42
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-08-2010, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks! That's actually what I thought as well.

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Re: Herman Li EGEN18 String Gauges / Brand

doesn't all ibanez guitars come with d'addario 9-42s? except for the RGDs
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-07-2010, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Herman Li EGEN18 String Gauges / Brand

So I purchased D'Addario Super Light EXL120 strings that go from 009 - 042 and put them on the EGEN18 - it was the first time I changed strings from the factory strings.

The EXL120 strings were DEFINITELY lighter than what was on there. I was confused initially before realizing that they were lighter because I could not get the guitar to tune correctly even changing the strings one at a time as normal. I subsequently had to loosen the string tension somewhat significantly to get the guitar in tune - I couldn't understand why until I started playing the guitar and realized the the strings were definitely lighter, especially noticeable on the wound strings.

So either the strings in the sealed EXL120 package were mistakenly replace with 8's at the factory (highly unlikely since the inside package was marked as EXL120) or the EGEN18 comes with a custom gauge with heavy strings on top than the standard set. Note that I also had a set of Ernie Ball 9-42 strings and the 42 E string looks and feels (by touch) similar to the D'Addario's. Note also that I had already thrown out the replaced strings so I can't directly compare thicknesses directly.

Where can I find this out officially?

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-08-2010, 01:02 PM
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Re: Herman Li EGEN18 String Gauges / Brand

Herman pops up here occasionally. Perhaps he can answer this question.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-08-2010, 01:32 PM
 
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Re: Herman Li EGEN18 String Gauges / Brand

well, D'Addario site says they us 10-59 on 7 strings, I would guess 10-48's

edit: this little site here says 9-54's which is a little strange if you ask me, but what do I know.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-12-2010, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Herman Li EGEN18 String Gauges / Brand

I think the original set might just have been a standard 10 set, because the top strings now feel lighter as well. You'd think this would be officially documented somewhere - eh? Come on Ibanez - this should be listed somewhere!

I don't think the E string was as heavy as a 54. Plus, I don't think Ibanez would put a custom sized set on a floating bridge guitar and then not tell anybody what the custom gauge was. At least I'd hope not.

Before I purchased this guitar, I usually played with 9's but for some reason on this guitar they feel too light. It might be because I got used to playing with the heavier set (whatever they were). Or could it be a string tension thing, since I had to significantly loosen the string tension to get it in tune with the bridge straight?

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-13-2010, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Herman Li EGEN18 String Gauges / Brand

Let me ask this another way - has anyone else actually PURCHASED this guitar and changed the strings with 9s and NOT had the problem I'm describing?

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Re: Herman Li EGEN18 String Gauges / Brand

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. . . You'd think this would be officially documented somewhere - eh? Come on Ibanez - this should be listed somewhere!
. . .
You'll never believe this, but some dude on the official Ibanez forum had this exact same question confirmed three times in the thread below by an employee of Hoshino USA.

http://forum.ibanez.com/Default.aspx?g=posts&t=80885

Peace

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