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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by marshallb461, Oct 27, 2017.
Would it be bad for the guitar if I played a set of 11’s in standard?
Some guy played 13s, you will never believe what they did to his sunburst strat.
Nope, it's just going to need a full setup if you're going up from 9s or 10's
No problem-o, a Strat is pretty tough, but like mentioned above, the setup will change a lot and need adjustments.
You may need to widen the nut slots for the heavier gauge strings also.
i love bending 1-1/2 on 10,s... 11,s forget it... enjoy
I use 11s in standard tuning. The nut will likely need work. It's not bad for the guitar, but big bends will be tough at first on your hand. Now 10s feel light to me.
Short answer, no.
Just did this a couple of weeks ago but tuned down a whole step instead. I read that Robin Trower uses heavy strings tuned down show he can still bend and have his vibrato technique. Being tuned down, bends were not much extra effort. I think at standard tuning it'll be a workout for a while. You will probably need to open the nut slots a little and do a full set up.
Took me 2 years but I've moved up to 11s and can play them pretty comfortably now whereas I couldn't before. My hands aren't particularly strong or nimble. I played acoustic years ago so my right hand is not very subtle and overplays, so I was getting a lot of slappiness out of 10s. A good setup and taller frets helps play them, too. A few months ago I tried to strength train myself with some 12s but that was a nonstarter and they weren't on the guitar for very long. They do make 10.5 sets. You could work your way up.
I tend to be very heavy handed so I've thought of trying heavier gauges. I play on 10's now.