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String Gauges


How many string gauges could you go up or down without the intonation changing. Such as going from 10-14-22w-30-38-49 to 10-13-18w-26-36-46. Would this change the intonation or cause any problems. Thanks
October 31, 2010 @01:55am
R Whittington

Any change in string gauge will result in a change in intonation. The question is would it necessarily require an adjustment? Even if changing only a few strings like your example...Personally for me...yes. And likely a minor truss rod adjustment as well.
November 1, 2010 @12:57pm

Thanks for the Info....I could do the intone, but not sure I would want to try the truss rod adjustment.
November 1, 2010 @02:17pm

truss rods are easy :D
good site for some info
January 4, 2011 @09:30pm

Changing string gauges normally shouldn't effect the neck if it was set up correctly unless you release all the strings and left it unstrung for an extended period
December 10, 2011 @01:50pm

Different string gauge results in different tension on the neck. The truss rod pressure counters thr string tension it's kind of a balance. So unless you have an usual neck your going to have to adjust for different string gauges.
December 10, 2011 @10:53pm

Even different tunes change the action on the neck of a guitar.
December 10, 2011 @10:55pm

Sometimes you don't even need to mess with the truss rod. If your guitar is setup with 10-46 in standard tuning you can go down to a 11-49 set in Eb without anything more than maybe a minor intonation tweak. 10s in standard and 11s in Eb tuning have the same amount if string tension.
March 30, 2012 @09:27pm