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Lite vs medium strings. Go!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike on Saturday. 19 Replies

Ok so im 3 strings and im gdg. Scale length 25.5". I'm using lite strings at the moment and I'm happy with the tension and sustain on the 2nd & 3rd, but the first string, tuned correctly, seems…Continue

 

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Mike replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"I think you're right. And like you say, strings are relatively cheap so experimentation is a must. Cheers"
Saturday
Grandpa replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"Chordgen.rattree.co.uk String tension calculators that I recently wiled away an hour on. I build 25" scale gits, GDg, .042/.032/.022.I've tried different high g strings...010, .013, etc., but I like the heavier wound .022. Anyway, I was…"
Friday
Kigar replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"I had the same problem with my 2x4 guitar, same scale length.  I started with the 3/4/5 strings as usual (in this case an acoustic set 25/32/42) and couldn't get the low string to come into tune, it was super tight and still a note…"
Jun 17
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"Hey chicken bone. Along the same lines, ie, string tension and playability. What is your favourite scale length for cbg's? I made my first one 25.5" and I love it but I've got so much to learn. I've got 3 necks on the go atm and…"
Jun 16
Jim Morris replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"If I'd only had that reference before many years of trial and error!"
Jun 15
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"I shall reference that reference. Thanks LJ."
Jun 15
JL replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"Please Forgive the soapbox moment that follows: to clarify that light/medium/heavy is the TENSION that the package is put together for intended use. A medium tension #6 E string is about the same gauge as a light tension #5 A string just tuned…"
Jun 15
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"Thanks JL. Yeah, I've tried a #2 @ .014. Seems much better."
Jun 14
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"Thanks. It does help. Being an absolute beginner I didn't know what to think. You and the others contributers help alot. Thank you."
Jun 14
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"Hey chicken bone. Im a big fan of your work, you've helped alot through your yt Videos. I tried the .026 from the medium set I had and didn't like it much. Too much tension. I found a set of steel acoustic strings and put the .014 unwound…"
Jun 14
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"Me too. I found a steel acoustic set and put the .014 on. Much better."
Jun 14
Erasmo Coco replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
".040, .030 - unwound .014-.018 .  I like the unwound high string ,"
Jun 14
Jim Morris replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"I rarely look at if the pack says light or medium because the string gauges vary quite a bit from one brand to another and from electric to acoustic. I always look at the actual gauge of the strings. The ones mentioned by CB John are perfect for GDg…"
Jun 14
JL replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"so you used the #5, #4, and #1 strings from a pack...with the #1 drop tuned a Major 6th to get the higher G note, yes it will feel floppy. 1) try the #3 string instead for the octave G 2) or the #2 string since its only a major 2nd drop tuning…"
Jun 14
ChickenboneJohn replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"Those gauges are way out of whack - .042 and .030 are OK but you want anything between .020w and .024w on the top. You can go plain gauge, but I find them rather stiff and dead sounding compared to a wound of the same gauge. We produce various sets,…"
Jun 14
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Lite vs medium strings. Go!
"Well that's an eye opener for me. Sounds good. I've already bought "medium" strings and the first string jumps in diameter from the lite I'm using now @ .009 plain steel to the medium first @ .026 nickel wound. I would have…"
Jun 14

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Noticed a cbg on a woodworking site. Hooked
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Building my first.
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I like rule #1. There are no rules. I play harmonica and love the blues. I'm a cabinet maker (semi retired). I can't think of anything better to keep me occupied. Loving it!

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I just dealt with the nicest guy buying boxes. He's in Bundoora in Victoria. I bought 10 boxes from him all good sizes. $8 for dress boxes (Romeo y julieta etc) and $10 for solid cedar raw or lacquer finish. I'm in sydney and he went to some trouble to keep the postage costs down. $25 for all 10 boxes. Cant speak highly enough about how ready he was to help and give me options on the type of stock I was looking for. I told him how happy I was and that I'd give a rap on this site. Drop him an… Continue
 
 
 

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