what will make the guitar easy on the fingers??

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  1. dirocyn

    dirocyn Most Honored Senior Member

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    BB King played heavy bottom 10s. He told us so himself. He may well have asked "why you workin' so hard?" like in the Billy Gibbons story. But BB was playing 10s.

    Billy Gibbons plays 7s or 8s, with distortion and multi-tracking to thicken up the sound. I agree he has great tone in that context.
     
  2. Richard McKay

    Richard McKay Strat-Talker

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    Drop your songs to Eb tuning and play 9s or lighter. Also, try taller frets or a scalloped neck. your fingers don't need to touch wood to sound the notes. Experiment with how little pressure you can use and still sound the note.
     
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    bbarott Most Honored Senior Member

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    ^^^ This. Practice.
     
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  4. FluffyDog6

    FluffyDog6 Strat-Talk Member

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    Different brands of strings have different flexibility.

    I use Fender Pure Nickle 150's (10-46) on my strat, and they feel smooth and seem to have a "soft" feel. Vintage warm tone too - which may or may not be to your liking.

    Give it a try -- $6 may solve your problem.
     
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  5. eclecticsynergy

    eclecticsynergy Senior Stratmaster

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    You might also consider a 24¾" scale conversion neck.
    Scale length makes a huge difference in feel.
     
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    I have a cruel guitar I tune down a semitone and capo the first fret. Much easier on the digits!
     
  8. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    I just slap 8-38s on and go from there.

    Except on the bass and cheesegraters.
     
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    Yinzer Strat-Talk Member

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    It would take longer to drive my guitar to a tech than it would to set up myself... Depends on where you live. That being said, going up or down a single string gauge makes very little difference. I wouldn't do a full set up afterwards unless something felt/sounded off.
     
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    I string 010 on Tele and Les Paul without tremolo and 009 on Strat with tremolo. 20210423_230749.jpg
     
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    SalvorHardin Strat-O-Master

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    Careful with the potassium. Too much or too little can stop your heart. (kidney patient).
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    I use 008-038 strings. I have no problems with my hands but can't see a reason why I should work harder than necessary.
     
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    ‘I don’t know why I didn’t think of this earlier, but do you have a two way truss rod? What is the make and model of the guitar in question?
     
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    siegeld Strat-Talk Member

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    Try some antiinflamatories and some Delta 8,9 or 10 along with an ice cold beer.
     
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    Kimex Strat-Talk Member Silver Member

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    I started playing bass, in a band, a few years ago. I got wrist issues. I focused on my thumb.
    Do not push the thumb more than necessary. It helped both against the pain and my technique.
     
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    Shouldn’t be a problem, especially with an electric and 10’s. I’m 73 and been retired for over 13 years. Play 5 or 6 hours a day (nearly every day) mainly on acoustics with 12’s with no sore fingers or hands. Makes my electrics with 10’s and 11’s seem really easy.
     
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    RudyTardy Strat-Talk Member

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    My Curt Mangan strings smell ok. :D
     
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    Lower action, lower gauges, or lower tuning, always.

    If you need the saddles high for your preferred action, try loosening the claw on your trem. The Trem will float (instead of being flush) over the body and the saddles will be higher than they were; you can then lower them to the your previous, preferred height while decreasing the string break angle, and therefore string tension.

    In my experience, truss rod adjustments doesn't affect string tension. If anything, loosening the truss rod (adding relief) gets you more higher and more uneven action and the further you have to press down on a string the more tension you add. It's slight but noticeable.
     
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    It should have said Slinkiest
     
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    rikbigcat Strat-Talker

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    My fingers/joints have always developed aches and pains over the three decades I've started and stopped guitar, but recently I got the generic equivalent of OTC Valtaren and after a couple weeks all pain has disappeared and stayed away. It's been months and they still feel fine.