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Discussion in 'Acoustic Soundboard' started by Antstrat, Feb 22, 2020.
Get yer weenie outa there!!!
I’m in the weenie club. Nothing but 10s on mine. I tried 11 & 12 several times and the bigger tone is not worth the loss of playability. But yes, the better tone is there with the bigger wire.
I've used electric strings on acoustic for 45 years. Jim Croce's guitarist used them. Listen to the solo on I Got A Name. You'll hear it.
It ain't being a weenie to be comfortable, Ant. If someone says different, then they're goobers.
I put 9s on mine, I couldn't play it otherwise. What's the point in having a guitar that you can't play?
I love the old bluesy sound I get with electric strings on my acoustic .
I use EB Xtra slinky 8s. People act like you offended em and go
I just go ....
I put 10s on my acoustic and am happy - only thing is, one of the reasons I did was to be able to more easily bend the 3rd string... and the pack I got (actually for a 12-string... didn't notice when I ordered ) - has the exact same gauge for the 3 string as the one in my pack of 11s... oh well.
I used to have an inferiority complex. My uncle would come over to play guitar and he was like 12s those are wimpy and have no tone you need to play 13s on acoustic. Now after reading this thread I feel like a rockstar.
On my acoustic I use 10s but I tune to e flat, feels much easier , old 12 string trick.
I spend 90 % of my time on my electrics which are 9s, so I like a similar feel when I play acoustic.
Capo on first fret when needed, and it feels even better.
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Yeah, 10's here too.
I definitely hear a difference, even when compared to 11's, but my old, girly fingers handle the 10's easier.
While I find 9s on electrics nice to play, using much less force on string bends really adds precision, I can't play 10s on an acoustic, 11s or 12s work much better for me. I play 12 gauge flat wounds on my Jazz box, so maybe that helps. I only ever do half step bends on my acoustic and hollowbody, and the heavier gauge really adds more oomph, especially on a rosewood dreadnought.
I guess I'm an outlier. Been using these for the last 18 years or so.
I do tune down a half step though. So string tension is in the medium range.
I've had them on my '81 Yamaha FG335 for 4 years now and it has handled them just fine. Turned it into a canon and it pizzes off a friend who drops by to jam. It's louder and sounds better than his D-18 Martin lol
There are some guitars that I would not use them on. Some builders state a max gauge. Taylor may be one of them.
You're a better man that I, Gunga Din. I've been putting EJ-16's on my Martin for a long time.