0% Interest for 24 Months! Learn more »
(800) 222-4700
  • Español: (800) 222-4701
Cart
Microphone Month

Sweetwater Forums [Archived]

After 15 years of great discussions, the Sweetwater Forums are now closed and preserved as a "read-only" resource. For discussions about current gear, check us out on Facebook, YouTube, inSync, and our Knowledge Base.

String Gauges

fenderbinder409

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
fenderbinder409

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
nomad100

truss rods are easy :D
good site for some info
http://mysite.verizon.net/jazz.guitar/guitarsetup.htm
January 4, 2011 @09:30pm
livingwater

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
nomad100

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
nomad100

Even different tunes change the action on the neck of a guitar.
December 10, 2011 @10:55pm
brandon555

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