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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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Heavy strings damagin a neck?

I bought a set of Elixir 12-52's to put on my Tele (Warmoth neck, blocked Lo-Pro bridge, non-locking nut). The strings have to be wound so tight to get to standard tuning that the bridge (which is usually held in place by 3 fully tightened springs) starts pulling forward, and will need to be properly blocked.

Will putting this much tension across the neck of a guitar put excess strain onto it and possibly cause damage to it or am I worrying unnecessarily?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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Re: Heavy strings damagin a neck?

Why do you need 12s in a tele to play in STANDARD TUNING?! I'd just go for 9s or 10s for standard tuning, and 11s and 12s for D or C standard.
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Why do you need 12s in a tele to play in STANDARD TUNING?! I'd just go for 9s or 10s for standard tuning, and 11s and 12s for D or C standard.
Mostly because I want to see what it's like I'd be interested to see how it affects bending. I have considered tuning down, but that seems a bit pointless on a tele...
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Re: Heavy strings damagin a neck?

As long as the neck has a truss rod, the strings will fail from high tension long before the neck will. Besides, 12s are hardly an outrageously heavy gauge to be using, even in standard tuning. It's all about what works for you, and I wouldn't worry about damaging the guitar.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 02:35 PM
 
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Re: Heavy strings damagin a neck?

If anything you'll notice fretwear sooner with a heavier gauge string.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 05:41 PM
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Re: Heavy strings damagin a neck?

12 to 52 should be no problem. I heard that Stevie Ray Vaughan used 18 as a High Eb at worst
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12 to 52 should be no problem. I heard that Stevie Ray Vaughan used 18 as a High Eb at worst
18!! Oh my word, I'd love to feel what that's like... I tuned two steps down down from standard tuning last night, and it actually sounds awesome! Drop tuned single coils are a new experience
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-07-2010, 07:10 AM
 
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Re: Heavy strings damagin a neck?

I use .013/.056 for B tuning. Feels like having .010 tuned in E.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-07-2010, 10:22 AM
 
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Re: Heavy strings damagin a neck?

One point worth mentioning is to make sure the nut is cut wide enough to accommodate the thicker low E - I cracked off the edge of my nut by not doing this.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-09-2010, 06:43 AM
 
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Re: Heavy strings damagin a neck?

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Why do you need 12s in a tele to play in STANDARD TUNING?! I'd just go for 9s or 10s for standard tuning, and 11s and 12s for D or C standard.
Absolutely nothing wrong with using super thick strings in standard.

In fact, I recommend it more than playing light guage strings. Heavy guage strings describe much less of an arc when you hit them, sound more full, and thus you can set the action lower with them. I have an RG strung with 9's, an S with 10s, an S7 with 10s and a super beefy low B, and I have a Viper 400 LTD strung with 12-56.

Out of all of them, I prefer the play of the 7 the most, but thats because the strings and bridge are further apart and lower to the body, rather than making me 'eagle claw' over the body.

HOWEVER, the action and 'direct' feel of the heavier strings on the viper have me seriously wishing my ZR7 could handle slightly thicker guages.
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-11-2010, 02:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Heavy strings damagin a neck?

Strangely, I've found myself playing the Tele more than ever now that it is downtuned. The thicker guage strings hurt at first, but the feeling is worth it. I feel more in control with more string width to work with. Strange stuff hmmm?
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-11-2010, 03:00 AM
 
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Re: Heavy strings damagin a neck?

Yeah man, people have done some really crazy **** with string gauges so you really shouldn't worry too much about damaging your guitar. I like the heavier gauge stings too, but 10's or 11's at high e are my limit. I prefer the really heavy bottom stuff like 52's and 54's because I hate it when a fretted low E string makes a dull "thunk" sound, It makes my ears bleed. Whereas the thicker gauge sounds much more organic and full. So man, don't sweat the gauge, just be careful not to bust your nuts. lol

If you don't like 12 on the high e i'd recommend some Eric Johnson nickel rockers 11-52. Best sounding strings I've ever used, but they are damn hard to find.
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