Upgrading from 0.009 to 0.010 string gauge. Do I have to do a guitar setup?



Asked by: Loys Coffield

Upgrading to a slightly heavier string gauge (as you have proposed) will not always necessitate a new set up. Upgrading to a much heaver gauge will increase the likelihood that adjustments will be needed.

Do I need to adjust truss rod if I change string gauge?





When the neck needs adjusting. With a truss rod that is functioning properly, there are only two things that might require the neck to be adjusted: A change in string gauge (higher or lower tension) or. A change in weather humidity (which can cause the neck to expand or contract).

What happens if you change 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.

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.

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.

Can you change string gauge without setup?





It’s very good idea to experiment with different gauging – but it’s essential that you prepare your instrument’s setup before changing your gauge. Many players switching extreme string gauge forget that the slots on their instrument’s nut have been cut to a specific width.

How do you adjust guitar strings when changing gauges?


Down there when you change your gauge you're always gonna be pulling around the intonation just slightly. And honestly even when you're switching between different manufacturers.

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 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.

Does string gauge affect fret buzz?

This isn’t necessarily a “technique” flaw, but changing the gauge of your guitar strings can most certainly contribute to strings buzzing and fret buzz. Lighter gauge strings require less tension when wound, so if you’re switching from, let’s say, a .



Do thinner strings buzz less?

Back to the topic; heavier gauge strings require more tension to tune them to pitch, so they don’t flop around as much and therefore buzz less.

What gauge strings do the pros use?

What Gauge String Do Tennis Pros Use?

Player Mains Crosses
Roger Federer Babolat VS 16 Luxilon ALU Rough 16L
Rafael Nadal Babolat RPM Blast 15L Babolat RPM Blast 15L
Novak Djokovic Babolat VS 16 Luxilon ALU Power 16L
Daniil Medvedev Tecnifibre ATP Razor Code 17 Tecnifibre ATP Razor Code 17

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 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.

Are thinner guitar strings easier to play?

Thinner strings are easier to bend on an electric, but they tend to sound brighter, and they are also susceptible to breaking easier. Thicker strings will put more tension on your guitar’s neck due to the extra tension needed to bring the thicker material up to pitch.