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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Bigby's and string gauge

jhawkr
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Jun 7th, 2019 05:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a couple Bigsby (licensed) equipped guitars, a Gretsch G5422t and a Guild Capri. Both guitars came shipped with 11's which are way too stout for my feeble old hands. I have a very difficult time bending 11's. 10's are not that easy either. 9's are what I use on most of my guitars. I wonder about tuning stability though. Anyone use light gauge strings on a Bigsby equipped guitar?

littleuch
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Jun 7th, 2019 06:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I would also wonder about the nut slot depth for a guitar originally setup for 11's.

It's got a bigsby, just wiggle and leave the bending for your other guitars. ;-)



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Jun 7th, 2019 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

My Reverend came from the factory with 9s. I string it with 10s, no issues with stability. Same for my father’s 335 with a Bigsby and 9s.

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Jun 7th, 2019 08:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

My 5422T also came with 11s. On a Gibson scale like this, I like 10s (and am leaning towards 9s). I tried 10s and with the truss rod loose, had not enough relief. Had to go with a skinny high, heavy bottom (10-52) which is ok. Bigsby works great and stays in tune.

Maybe I should mention I have installed a soft spring from Reverend; it is recommended.

(This message was last edited by RDR at 11:01 PM, Jun 7th, 2019)

jhawkr
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Jun 8th, 2019 04:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I made a rare visit to Guitar Center yesterday and found a couple interesting sets by Ernie Ball. Hybrid Slinky's which are 9-46 and Ultra Slinky's which are 10-48. I whipped out the gift card I've been hording for a couple years and bought 2 sets of each. I'll try the Hybrid's 1st and will take the Ultra's back and exchange if the Hybrid's work.

5Strats
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GospelBilly!
Jun 8th, 2019 09:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Brain Setzer uses a 10 set on his Gretsch guitars.

Doc Sarvis
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Jun 8th, 2019 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

I prefer 10s on my Gretsch 6128T but I've never tried standard 9s. The hybrids sound interesting. Perhaps try some D'Addario Super Lights (9.5 - 44).

(This message was last edited by Doc Sarvis at 11:58 AM, Jun 8th, 2019)

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Jun 8th, 2019 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Billy Gibbons uses 7s on his guitars...some of which have Bigsbys.

It all depends on the setup.

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Jun 8th, 2019 07:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh man, if you are a bender, there isn't any reason not to use 9s man. A good tech can set it up for anything.

I once heard a tech at a GC say to a guy "Strat's don't really like anything above 10's"

I was a bit perplexed at that, as they shipped with 12's in their inception. Some players even used 13s. That's what all those extra spring hooks are for in the back...

Anyway. If 9s are too much, try 8s, and so on. Nothing wrong with that. It's a balancing act between what your left hand can do and how heavy your right hand is, and the sound you want. Of course, sometimes the sound you WANT is 9s, and then it all works out :-)

(This message was last edited by Achase4u at 09:03 PM, Jun 8th, 2019)

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Jun 9th, 2019 08:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't have a guitar with a Bigsby but I do have a Tele with a B-bender. I use 10's but it was hard getting used to them Of course, the B-bender helps bend that 13 B string.
I'm thinking about going to 9.5's the next time I change strings on my other guitars (not the B-bender).

RicOkc

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Aug 6th, 2019 04:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use 9's on my Fender Custom Telecaster w/ Bigsby.

No issues with tuning stability.

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