Heavier gauges and wrist problems - Is there a strong correlation?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by AznCaster, Jun 13, 2021.

  1. Nashkat

    Nashkat Strat-Talk Member

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    Yup, you need to file the nut, otherwise the string will just sit on top and ppp out from time to time.
     
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  2. Roger66

    Roger66 Senior Stratmaster Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    I really dont think 11's will hurt you. They are only 10% bigger than 10's. When I was a kid, I wanted to use 11's because of SRV but they were too hard on my fingers. I settled on 10's for decades. My earlier experience might be due to high action on a crappy Memphis Strat. I think I have strong hands, but lately playing 10's all day makes my fingers tired. I was reluctantly thinking of going to 9's. But hearing from all you 11 users makes me think that if I lowered my action, I might be able to use 11's. Correct me if I am wrong, but I was thinking that heavier strings would buzz less and allow me to lower the action a bit more.
    I think that proper exercise and even stretching your fingers might actually make a big difference. (things I never did) I think that you should go for it. You can always switch back.
     
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    Roger66 Senior Stratmaster Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Superglue is very handy if you cut your fingertip before a gig. It Will get you through a few songs, but then you have to re-apply it to make it through a few more. I, myself, dont get callusses anymore. My fingertips are soft but strong. Sometimes I overdo it and get blood blisters on them, but within a couple days they are better and stronger, but still soft. But I'm lucky. I can always switch to keys.
     
  4. thegrasshopper

    thegrasshopper Strat-Talk Member

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    When I changed from 10s to 11s I noticed the differences on my wrist... anyway, sometimes, I even suffered some pain with 10s. I think It has a lot of to do with erogonomics (how you hanlde the guitar, your body position, if you play stansing, how long your strap is...)
     
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    I feel the difference between 9s and 10s. After I made the full switch to 9s, I tried my daughter's guitar with tens on it and immediately started to feel why I went to 9s.
     
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    I have used superglue on fingertips before - it works... but for other reasons
     
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    After he stopped doing drugs, I said to him, "You're playing 11's now. What happened to the big strings?" And he (SRV) said, "I stopped doing cocaine, so I can't do that anymore-I can actually feel my fingers now!"

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