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AngusYoung01

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Going to heavier gauges
« on: December 08, 2007, 11:18:11 PM »
I usually use 10's, but recently bought some EB skinny top heavy bottoms, and I dont want to downtune, I just want thicker bottom strings. What will I need to do to gear my guitar up forthem - the low E is going from 46 to 52.

Obviously intonation, but will I have to arse around with action and truss rod?

Cheers, all help appreciated and sorry for a n00b question  :D
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Re: Going to heavier gauges
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2007, 12:21:24 AM »
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I usually use 10's, but recently bought some EB skinny top heavy bottoms, and I dont want to downtune, I just want thicker bottom strings. What will I need to do to gear my guitar up forthem - the low E is going from 46 to 52.

Obviously intonation, but will I have to arse around with action and truss rod?

Cheers, all help appreciated and sorry for a n00b question  :D


I doubt your action or intonation will change that much at all - never bothers me.  when changing between standard D-Addarios 11s and drop-tuning 11s.

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Re: Going to heavier gauges
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2007, 12:23:34 AM »
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I usually use 10's, but recently bought some EB skinny top heavy bottoms, and I dont want to downtune, I just want thicker bottom strings. What will I need to do to gear my guitar up forthem - the low E is going from 46 to 52.

Obviously intonation, but will I have to arse around with action and truss rod?

Cheers, all help appreciated and sorry for a n00b question  :D


Not always said that you need to adjust intonation. But I could imagine those bass strings create a lot of tension, so I would expect a truss rod adjustment. Just take it easy, adjust in quarter turns and don't use overly strong force, as you might damage the TR.

So turn it clock wise by 1/4 turn, retune, wait an hour or so that it settles, retune, check and if needed repeat the process until you're happy with the neck bow.
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2007, 05:38:00 PM »
Thanks guys, the pressure/ tension was what I was worried about. Obviously I'd check intonation anyway, but the truss adjustment worries me... I've always sucked at it. Whe you say loosen, it should be easier to turn yah?
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2007, 08:29:36 PM »
I put some EB 'beefy slinky' "optimal for detuning" 11-54 strings on my Edwards and all that needed changing was the intonation. These strings own my fingers, but i do like a lot of tension! Standard tuning is where it's at too
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2007, 09:15:15 PM »
Lol, do strings that thick cost more :O

I'm on 10-52 as well, best mix I find, the GBe string are the same as standard 10s I think too, the truss rod should be fine with that change methinks, mine didn't need much change in action going from 10-60 to my current 10-52

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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2007, 10:23:50 PM »
10-60  :o

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