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Jake The Loafer

B'ham, Alabama

"Uhh Yahwww, I'll Get Around To It"
Sep 14th, 2014 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Finally got my neck I ordered for my '65 Reissue Jaguar body What a long wait! 24" scale, 7.25 neck radius w/ orignal fret wire & bone nut. The body came w/ all original '65 hardware, pups, etc.

I know Hammond 101 said he used 12 flats. I don't want know skinny butt strings. What do ya'll Jag owners use? Flats or Original Round Strings & what size? I have my Guild Jazz boxes w/ Flats either 12 or 13. I like the way they feel & they don't sound bad either. I'm gonna take this to a skilled Luthier hopefully this week & let hin cut my nut ( OUCH) for me. lol I guess he will need to cut it for the size strings so I'm thinking 11s or 12s I could probably use the same nut cut for either but if I did use 13s I may bind up.

Anyway, I just kinda of wanted to get a feel of what string size & type some of ya'll use. If I keep the bridge & saddles which I plan to, do you think I should get him to notch the saddles a bit to keep them in & from slipping out? Hammond also recommened to have the neck angle shimmed some at the body end. How many of ya'll does that & if so, what do you use, a plastic pick?

Piece,
Jake



reverendrob
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Sep 14th, 2014 06:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use stainless 10s on EVERYTHING. Man, woman, child, 24", 25.5", doesn't matter.

I used to use 12s and 13s on Kahler Flyers and trem setup etc was a pain in the ass.

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Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Sep 14th, 2014 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My'65 Jag gets Thomastik-Infeld Jazz .011-.047. They feel like 10s on the short scale.

Jake The Loafer

B'ham, Alabama

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Sep 15th, 2014 02:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Doc, those are Flat Wounds right? I have some TIs around here & not sure if they are George Benson's or not. The guitars of mine that have flats are several of my Guilds; X-180 X170T & they both are 24.75 scale. The X-180 strings are the ones from when I bought it on Ebay longer than I'd like to admit. I think my X-170T came w/ Bronze Accoustic strings. I purchased it around 2001 & played around w/ it for awhile. I put Flats on it & went up to a 13 & they did not bother me. I also have a pack of Pyramids Flats 12s sitting around. I'm really not a string bender to speak of. I probably w/ pull out a pack of one brand of Flat 12s & put them on. Should not be a problem w/ the 24" scale.

Thanks for you input. I'd like to hear a few more people chime in also. I'd like to hear what my Tele & Strat sound like w/ Flats.

Peace,
Jake


Cordylou

USA

Oct 27th, 2014 10:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

D'Addario Chromes. Love 'em. I swap out a plain G for the wound on the XL's, and a GHS .095 for the E, but I play a lot of bends and they really work well for me on my Blacktop with the P90's.

surfdog

Lakeside, CA

Jim
Oct 29th, 2014 07:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

D'Addario 10-52 Light top/ Heavy bottom. Great strings for this guitar. Round wound, bright tone, plain 3rd, and nickel wound. Exl140.

60CycleHum

USA

Oct 31st, 2014 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use D'Addario 10's on my Jaguar and Jazzmaster. Weird thing about the Jaguar is i got it used (65 vint reissue) and it wouldn't stay in tune and rattled until i put a fresh set of strings on. The dealer had what seemed like a new set on. I might try DR 11's next.

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older,better
Nov 1st, 2014 04:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

10-46 D'Addarios mainly

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Nov 4th, 2014 06:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just put a set of Fender Stainless Flats on my Jazzmaster (11-50).

They actually came with the guitar - as part of the case candy. Funny, since it was strung with round wounds from the factory.
Anyway, I've never used flats, so they sat in the case. Decided to give 'em a try this weekend and, so far, I really like them.

Of course, now I can't find this gauge of flats anywhere....figures. (;^P)

back breaker

eureka, usa

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Nov 12th, 2014 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Think it is a standard set minus one string- which you just purchase separately. Fender sells them as that package... just weigh the cost of doing it either way

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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Feb 27th, 2015 12:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

TI George Benson flat's .012 (size stayed in tune better using whammy bar)and easy on fingers. Killer tone!

back breaker

eureka, usa

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Mar 2nd, 2015 05:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

good to know. I might go that route when restringing next.

MrP22

United Kingdom

Mar 2nd, 2015 08:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've always used D'Addario 11's the 'Blues/Jazz' blue packet on Jags. The tension is good and I've never had any buzz problems. I personally wouldn't go lighter.

Rob Jai

Calif Cap City

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Mar 2nd, 2015 09:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just put D'Addario Chrome flat wound 10s on my Johnny Marr Jag but the jury is still out on whether I'll keep them on. They seem dull compared to round wounds. They feel good on the fingers but good tone is more important to me. I'll give them a little time.

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Mar 3rd, 2015 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When it came time to replace the strings on my JM, I went with D'Addario Chromes. I got the 11's, but I also added a plain G string (.022).

I like 'em!!

Rob - I thought the flats sounded dull at first, at least unplugged. But as soon as I plugged in, I thought they were fine. My JM is fairly bright anyway, so the mellower flats are working perfectly.
Plus, they're great for slide!

Also - the flats seem to last and hold their tone a lot longer than round wounds.

Jake The Loafer
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B'ham, Alabama

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Jun 3rd, 2015 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Since I started this question last Sept., I'll tell ya'll what I ended up using. I had several packs of flats laying around. One pack of TI George Benson flat 12s & a set of Pyramids Gold flats 12s. Never played either so I went for the Pyramids w/ a wound G. Plugged in to a SVPR & the strings are bright & all sounds great. I don't know if the TI GBs would have less tension & feel a bit lighter.

Not sure what I'll use when I change but I hate to change strings & many of my guitars have strings on them that I'm embarrassed to say how old they may be. I may go down to some 11s but I think I'll use flats on this one.

Any thoughts of the string tension between the GBs & the Pyramids.

Peace,
Jake



surfdog

Lakeside, CA

Jim
Jun 3rd, 2015 06:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just tried a set of D'Addario NYXL. These are premium strings that are a relatively new release.. About $12 a set at GC. Really like them. They are brighter, stay in tune much better, and are easier to bend. I'm still using 10-52 light top / heavy bottom. These are supposed to last longer too.

reverendrob
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When I sin

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Jun 4th, 2015 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The NYXL's aren't bad, I've been using a set for a while and they haven't died with my corrosive chemistry which normally trash non-stainless strings. Not sure they're worth what they're asking over my usual stainless 10s...but they did stabilize tuning-wise very fast.

If I was still playing live, it might be worth it to keep a set or two in the bag for swaps before gigs/sets if something broke.

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