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  • Change string gauge??

    If a guitar ships from the factory with a specific string gauge e.g. light gauge-should you stick with the same gauge for the long haul??

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    No, it's not necessary. Generally, steel string guitars ship with mediums or lights. Most new guitars will handle anything up to mediums at concert pitch with no trouble. Strings are very much a matter of personal preference and guitar makers know that. They sometimes have recommendations but by and large they're not carved in stone. If you're not sure, contact the manufacturer.
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      Quote Originally Posted by DeepEnd
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      No, it's not necessary. Generally, steel string guitars ship with mediums or lights. Most new guitars will handle anything up to mediums at concert pitch with no trouble. Strings are very much a matter of personal preference and guitar makers know that. They sometimes have recommendations but by and large they're not carved in stone. If you're not sure, contact the manufacturer.




      I can't add much to this ^^^^ excellent advice. It's well worth experimenting with different gauges (and makes) of string until you find ones that suit your guitar and personal preference.
      Howard

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      • #4
        Can string size void a warranty?

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        • #5






          Quote Originally Posted by roughtrade
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          Can string size void a warranty?




          Yes.
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          • #6
            Only use mediums. Brand is not important.



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            • #7
              Only use bluegrass strings, and brand IS important.
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              • #8
                Only use lights. Brand might not be important!
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                • #9






                  Quote Originally Posted by roughtrade
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                  Can string size void a warranty?






                  Quote Originally Posted by FretFiend.
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                  Yes.








                  The long version of this is, if you use heavier strings than the guitar is built for and you have issues (say, you put heavy gauge strings on a parlor built for lights and end up with a bellied top or pulled bridge), it's your fault and not covered under warranty.
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                  • #10
                    Taylor suggests that putting mediums on those guitars which are designed for lights, will put added pressure on the top, restricting it's ability to vibrate as freely.



                    Last week, I was evaluating for possible purchase a 2006 514ce. It was lacking in bottom-end, so we replaced the lights with mediums. That was a no-go. It made things worse, so we went back to lights.



                    FWIW, I generally prefer and use mediums on my dreads and jumbo's.
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