Has changing string gauges upset my bridge?

Asked by: Christine Foster

What happens if you change guitar string gauge?

Yes, If you change the gauge of the strings the tension on the neck will be different resulting in your guitar falling and staying out of tune. Take it in to a shop and that will show you what they are doing (try and find a local shop). The cost is generally not that bad and you will make sure it was done right.

Does string gauge affect playability?

The type of string gauge you use makes a massive difference in how your guitar feels to play. While string gauge does impact tone in a very minor way, it makes a huge difference in playability. Even changing from a pack of 10s to a pack of 11s can feel very different.

Does changing string gauge affect intonation?

Yes, string gauge DOES affect intonation. If your bridge saddles are as far back as they can go (or a fixed bridge) and your intonation is still a couple of cents sharp, use a . 001 or . 002 Thinner gauge string to flatten the intonation.

Does changing string gauge affect truss rod?

The truss rod is adjusted to counteract that tension and keep the neck more or less straight. Increasing string gauge probably means more tension which can translate to a more bowed neck. Decreasing gauge, means less tension and the rod can compensate too much, maybe even back-bowing the neck.

Can I mix string gauges?

For the most part, it’s fine to mix different brands of strings. Strings will affect the tone of your instrument, and if you’re mixing old and new strings, this will be more noticeable. If you’re going to be mixing different gauges or types of strings, then make sure you know what you’re doing.

Can I put heavier gauge strings on my guitar?

Heavier gauge strings naturally have more tension in them when they are tuned to pitch. This means greater effort is required to play them in the form of fretting and bending, but it’s not just the player that feels the extra strain, the guitar is affected by the heavier gauge too.

Can you change string gauge from 10s to 9s?

Short answer: Yes, you’re in for more fret buzz, and the solution will require a truss rod adjustment. Long answer: The 10’s have more string tension than 9’s will have.

Do higher gauge strings stay in tune better?

So generally speaking, if all other factors are the same in terms of how the strings are made, how they were stored, how long they’ve been on your guitar, how heavily they’ve been played—all that sort of stuff—heavier gauge strings are going to hold their tune a little bit better than lighter gauge strings.

Can I get lower action with heavier strings?

Yes. More tension, narrower vibration so heavier strings will let you get lower action.

What string gauge does Matt Bellamy use?

Matt Bellamy (Muse) is an extreme case, who uses medium 10-46 gauges combined with a low . 60 for his 6th string.

Can you mix nylon and steel strings on a guitar?

Yes, you can put nylon strings on a steel-string acoustic guitar, but you will run into a number of issues, from tuning stability, to tension issues, to the lack of a ball end. Nylon and steel strings may not be as divergent as night and day, but they are sufficiently distinct.

Does it matter what strings you put on a guitar?

While string gauge is very much a matter of personal preference based on tone and feel, most manufacturers recommend string gauge based on body size. This is primarily due to the amount of tension exerted on the guitar top by the strings. In general, the larger the body, the more tension they can withstand.

Are lighter gauge strings easier to play?

Lighter gauge strings are easier to play since they hold less tension, require less pressure to fret, produce less friction against the fingers, and offer less resistance to bending and vibrato. However, seasoned players may find them loose, flimsy and easier to break, making them “harder” to play.

Do heavier gauge strings sound better?

Thicker strings will be louder than thinner strings without an amplifier because they have more mass, But that does not necessarily mean they sound better. Thinner strings make guitar soloing easier and are actually preferred by some of the heaviest sounding famous guitar players.

What is the best gauge for acoustic guitar strings?

12 gauge

Most acoustic guitars will come standard with 12 gauge strings. While 12’s are a great choice, you always have the option to go with a heavier string like 13’s or a lighter string such as 11’s.

What gauge strings do most guitarists use?

On electric guitars, the most common string set is a 9-gauge set also know as a 0.009-0.042″ set. This is often referred to as a “light set” but is considered the average gauge, with many brands such as Fender, supplying their guitars with a 9-gauge string set.

Does string gauge matter acoustic?

The lighter gauge sounded better. Yeah i definitely performed better on the tens. Because it's more way more comfortable. Yeah account for the tonal differences with with eq. And production.