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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Jaguars & Jazzmasters / Lucky or Unlucky 13s ?

sewkid

Kokomo, Indiana, USA

Mar 29th, 2013 12:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My vintage Jazzmaster came with a set of 12s and wound 3rd when I bought it new. I have been thinking about switching to a set of D’Addario 13-56 just to see what it sounds like. Has anyone tried this? I’m not that fond of high pitch treble notes, so I am thinking the bass sound would be more appealing to my ears. I know, everyone is using 10s and 9s but I only play for my own enjoyment. Any thoughts on installing 13s?

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Mar 29th, 2013 01:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I only play for my own enjoyment"

Are really going to enjoy pushing and pulling those 13's around??

I'm perfectly fine with the 11's that I run on my JM. I can't imagine using anything heavier.

I did change the pots from the stock 1M to 250K's and that took away the spikey highs.
Although, truthfully, that could've been done by simply turning the tone knob a bit. I actually changed the pots to get the tone to balance a bit better with the rhythm circuit - which it did.
But then I completely bypassed the rhythm circuit, anyway (straight to the output jack - no vol/tone pots at all), so the 250K change kinda became moot. But I'm happy with the current set up, so no more changes for me.

Sorry, I guess I sort of rambled on there a bit...

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Mar 29th, 2013 01:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played 13's - and heavier - on lots of Fenders for quite a while. The nut will need re-slotting. The neck will need quite a bit more relief. Heck of a sound, but some work and tough on fingers & hands to play.

If you're like me & play like an ape, give it a try! The pluses are the sound, tuning stability (can't push 'em out of tune), and you'll lop off a digit before you break a string.

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Mar 29th, 2013 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used to play 12's on all of my guitars when I gigged. Once I stopped playing as often, I guess my hands weren't as strong and I went doen to 10-52's, then tried 9-46 before ultimately going back to 10-52.

I think I would not tolerate 12's well anymore.

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Mar 29th, 2013 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bow to the mighty hands of Dolemite.

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back breaker

eureka, usa

Mar 30th, 2013 11:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

i go with the heavies as well. 13's sound great on a jag.... as thick as the fog in these here parts, the sound. i am not a big bender so i like it a lot. i have been going with the set that came with my thinskin for some time now so i am actually feeling a little weird about the way it feels... next set up i am going heavier (13s again most likely).




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older,better
Mar 30th, 2013 05:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

13's on a jag maybe

13's on a jazzmaster? have you got a case of SRV's ?

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Mar 30th, 2013 05:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tried 13s for a while years ago, but unlike SRV, I didn't tune down. Murder on your fingers if you ever do bends, but a great sound if you don't.

I've since gone to 12s and I use Thomastik Infeld strings which have lower tension, so they feel like a lighter gauge. Using big strings has lead me to doing a lot more sliding and moving horizontally around the fretboard. I don't bend all that much anymore and frankly don't miss it. It's a totally different style and sound.

Give it a shot, it can't hurt (well, maybe a little). If you're used to 12s, it's really not going to be that big a change compared to someone going from 9s/10s to 13s.

back breaker

eureka, usa

Mar 31st, 2013 09:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

it has been suggested that heavy strings are a way to cut back on buzz and slippage with floating bridges of the jags and jazzmasters... flat and heavy- don't make me get dirty about that one.

(This message was last edited by back breaker at 10:01 AM, Apr 1st, 2013)

MLC
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Mar 31st, 2013 01:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"If you're used to 12s, it's really not going to be that big a change..."

This is true.

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older,better
Mar 31st, 2013 06:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Back breaker is right again

The guitars were designed for heavier strings than are commonly used today. That may reduce some the issues people have.



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