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Tony Salieri



Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Sep 8th, 2016 10:09 AM        

"..<br /> Hate to sound picky, but this will probably be the last acoustic I'll ever buy and really want it to be a little better quality.<br /> ..."<br /> <br /> You don't sound picky at all; you sound like a guitar player wanting a guitar that meets your expectations.<br /> <br /> Are you in area where you could try-before-you-buy, or make a trip to do so? A road trip to visit as many guitar stores as possible might be worth the effort if you're looking A Real Keeper.



Foggy1

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Murrells Inlet, SC

Big Joe Walsh fan.
Sep 8th, 2016 02:18 PM        

Thanks all, my Sweetwater sales guy was really cool about the return. He's sending out the Taylor as soon as he receives the Tak back. Even though the special financing deal is up, he's still honoring the same deal, because it is a return.<br /> <br /> Helps with the payments now that the Taylor almost double the cost of the Tak.<br /> <br /> I have played that Taylor about a year ago at my local music store, so i should be happy with the quality.



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Sep 8th, 2016 02:31 PM        

Sorry the Tak didn't work out but we wants what we wants and that's a good thing. I've very interested to hear how you like the Taylor when it arrives.



Foggy1

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Murrells Inlet, SC

Big Joe Walsh fan.
Sep 16th, 2016 06:00 AM        

It will be here this afternoon Hammond, I'll let you know after it arrives.



Foggy1

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Murrells Inlet, SC

Sep 16th, 2016 03:29 PM        

It's here and it's beautiful. Sounds really great, been playing it for about a half hour unplugged. Haven't tried it into the amp yet.<br /> <br /> Quality is what i expected and it's way better than the G series Tak, but it's supposed to be.



Foggy1

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Murrells Inlet, SC

Sep 16th, 2016 03:53 PM        

Only thing is i have to get those 13s off of there. I know Taylor doesn't recommend changing string gauges on their guitars, but i have to get 11s on there. 13s Yuk!<br /> <br /> Has anyone had a problem with their Taylor after changing gauges? Seems to me, going lighter should not be a problem.



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Enjoy Every Popsicle
Sep 16th, 2016 04:19 PM        

Perhaps, just few a little while, you could tune down a half-step.... just to ease the tension just a bit.



twangdoodles



michigan usa

Sep 16th, 2016 08:29 PM        

I think the opposite is true sandbagger. Foggy may have to loosen the truss rod a bit, maybe not.



SandBagger

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Enjoy Every Popsicle
Sep 16th, 2016 08:32 PM        

Yeah, perhaps.<br /> <br /> I'm not a luthier, but I play one on TV.



jhawkr

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It's all gravy from here on...
Sep 17th, 2016 05:25 AM        

You will almost certainly have to adjust the truss rod. Capo at 1st fret hold high E down at 14th and measure gap at 7th fret. Use this number when adjusting for reduced tension of the 11s. I just did this on my Taylor T5z Pro.



jhawkr

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Sep 17th, 2016 05:25 AM        

You will almost certainly have to adjust the truss rod. Capo at 1st fret hold high E down at 14th and measure gap at 7th fret. Use this number when adjusting for reduced tension of the 11s. I just did this on my Taylor T5z Pro.



Foggy1

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Murrells Inlet, SC

Sep 17th, 2016 01:57 PM        

Thanks, I figured i would have to adjust the rod.<br /> <br /> Thanks everyone.



Viera

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Santee CA

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Sep 17th, 2016 02:12 PM        

You might consider going with 12s rather than 11s. That Taylor dreadnaught, as are most dreadnaughts, is DESIGNED for heavier strings. The idea is to get the top moving. You would be defeating the purpose of the design by going with 11s or lighter. <br /> <br /> But hey, it's your guitar. Do what you want and enjoy it.



jhawkr

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Sep 17th, 2016 06:33 PM        

I use 10's on my Martin 00028EC and Gibson J-45 and there is no issue getting the top moving. If your strings are heavy and you won't play it, what good are the heavy strings doing for you?



Foggy1

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Murrells Inlet, SC

Sep 19th, 2016 02:18 PM        

I ordered the 1/4 inch Taylor truss wrench today for $4.00. My PRS wrench is a 7mm and the only one i have. I'm going with the string change later this week, thanks jhawkr.<br /> <br /> Those 13s i just cant play.



Viera

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Sep 19th, 2016 02:34 PM        

jhawkr: Sure, 10s will move the top on those guitars enough to get a nice sound. <br /> <br /> I used 11s with an unwound G on a Martin 000 24.9" scale (David Gray model) for a couple of years. It was my designated blues/rock acoustic. I then went back to 12s (what is was designed for). It was like night and day as far as the quality of sound. Simple matter of the laws of physics. I had to work a little harder, but it was well worth it. <br /> <br /> Think of it this way: Would you get a Mustang GT and then swap the engine for a 4 banger?<br /> <br /> That said, the day may soon come where I have medical and/or old age issues with my fretting hand. At that point I may be the one using 11s or 10s on my acoustics.<br /> <br /> Foggy1, please forgive me if it seems like I might be raining on your parade. I'm just trying to help, speaking from experience. If 13s don't work for you by all means go with something lighter. It's still a darned nice guitar that should give you years of pleasure. If you will primarily be playing it plugged in, then string gauge shouldn't matter much.



Foggy1

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Murrells Inlet, SC

Sep 19th, 2016 04:09 PM        

Thanks for the input Viera. I understand what you're saying, but i have to try the 11s. If the guitar doesn't like them I'll try 12s, but i just can't deal with the 13s.<br /> <br /> I just play at home with it and mostly unplugged. I'll get it figured out what's best for me eventually.<br /> <br /> I've only had two cheap acoustic's before this one and had 11s on both, they were both Dreds, but cheap Washburn Oscar Schmidt's and they didn't sound bad at all for $100 guitars.



jhawkr

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Sep 20th, 2016 07:55 AM        

A lot depends on how you play the acoustic. If you bend strings, you need to either drop the tuning or go to lighter strings unless you have gorilla fingers. If arthritis is affecting you, heavy strings should not be considered as you are likely doing more damage to your joints. Even SRV, noted for using heavy strings, tuned down at least a half step. If you are playing rhythm, without much bending, you can get away with heavier strings.



Foggy1

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Murrells Inlet, SC

Sep 22nd, 2016 12:24 PM        

Ok. Got the 11s on there and only had to tighten the truss rod maybe a 1/4 turn or less, to get the same string height at the 7th as the 13s. No fret buzz and like the strings better.<br /> <br /> Did notice the sound difference right away, I have 3 more sets of 11s to burn through, then i may get some 12s and try tuning down a half step with those.<br /> <br /> Guitar is beautiful and i don't have to worry about hurting it with adjustments.<br /> <br /> Thanks for all the help everyone. Much appreciated.<br /> <br /> Foggy.



tuninguitars



Indiana

lets take it apart
Sep 27th, 2016 08:21 AM        

It will make a difference what brand 11s you put on <br /> I prefer D'Addario EJ26 on my Martin and Yamahas and others<br /> <br /> It seems to me with a lot less tension on top it seems to resonate better than with heavy strings<br />



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