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    I’ve always been a 13-56 acoustic string user. Occasionally I’d try the poorly named Bluegrass sets (12-56), but always went back to 13s.

    I decided to try 11-52 on my 60-something Gibson SJ, and really wanted to love them. I guess they’re a *little* easier to bend, but A LOT less in overall sound. It’s less dynamic, less full sounding, and just overall worse. Pretty bad overall trade off for being slightly easier to play.

    The funny part is, the guitar isn’t hard to play with mediums. Yeah, minor third bends are questionable, but the action is reasonable low, and sounds awesome. Slide playing is obviously infinitely better, too, unless you like that all buzz kind of sound.
    "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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    100% agree. I hate the rattly tin can sound of an acoustic with strings that are too light. I’ve found for my specific guitar, “bluegrass gauge” is ok (12-56) but I really think everyone needs to try their acoustic with the string gauge it was designed for.

    If all you are going to do is plug an ovation in and use the piezo lighter gauge is fine but the sound of an appropriately strung traditional acoustic is glorious!
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    • #3
      I'm usually 13, tuning is more reliable, sound is slightly bolder acoustically, harmonics and character of the frets is livelier and most important for me -I like the "bounce" from stiff stings returning from hammer ons etc... the instrument "bounces" more which is way more fun to play -especially if you are doing Leo Kottke type bluegrass playin.

      -It's actually similar to playing a Chris Squire bassline on a 4001 versus a Pbass -the Ric's scale and tension is just more natural for that type of hammer on/bouncing rhythmic playing.
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      • #4
        I like the smaller extra light 10_46 sets on acoustic

        12s are just too much for me
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        • #5
          Originally posted by ehdwuld View Post
          I like the smaller extra light 10_46 sets on acoustic

          12s are just too much for me
          Is your guitar setup properly? For whatever reason, lots of people think mile high action is necessary. I haven’t measured it, but mine doesn’t feel that much higher than my electrics.
          "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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          • #6
            It is amazing how much difference a gauge change can make on an acoustic. I like the 13's and at times tune down a step or half step (all strings equally). I could live with 12's if I had to but anything less for me doesn't sound or feel right.
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            • #7
              I honestly don't mind lighter strings, especially since most of the time playing, the guitar is plugged it. I am hearing the pickup system more than the guitar at that point.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mincer View Post
                I honestly don't mind lighter strings, especially since most of the time playing, the guitar is plugged it. I am hearing the pickup system more than the guitar at that point.
                When I play acoustic it's usually late at night And I just want a softer sound anyways

                I just put the pickup in my only acoustic without it
                And if I play out, like you said, it won't matter

                when I got my hummingbird it came with 12s
                The action was taller
                it was much louder.
                sounded great. But was hard to play

                When I put the 10s on the action went down to where my electric guitars sit

                And it plays effortless

                I like it
                EHD
                Just here surfing Guitar Pron
                RG2EX1 w/ SD hot-rodded pickups / RG4EXFM1 w/ Carvin S22j/b + FVN middle
                SR500 / Martin 000CE-1/Epiphone Hummingbird
                Epiphone Florentine with OEM Probuckers
                Ehdwuld branded Blue semi hollow custom with JB/Jazz
                Reptile Green Gibson Custom Studio / Aqua Dean Shire semi hollow with piezo
                Carvin Belair / Laney GC80A Acoustic Amp (a gift from Guitar Player Mag)
                GNX3000 (yea I'm a modeler)

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                • #9
                  Different strokes, I suppose.

                  My dad had the action on this SJ really high, because that’s what bluegrass guys did back in the day. I sanded the saddle a bit, and made it much lower. I’m not going for a quieter alternative to electric, so I was happy that it didn’t lose any volume and got much easier to play.

                  "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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                  • #10
                    Mine are strung up with 10's and the classical has light tension now. I just got some 11's, 12's and medium tension strings.
                    What will I have to do as far as set up goes? I don't really know much about acoustics.

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                    • #11
                      I have to be honest here -I didn't know stringing acoustic with 10s was even a thing.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by solspirit View Post
                        Mine are strung up with 10's and the classical has light tension now. I just got some 11's, 12's and medium tension strings.
                        What will I have to do as far as set up goes? I don't really know much about acoustics.
                        If you go to the 11s, maybe nothing, but maybe tightening the truss rod a little, no more than a quarter turn if it plays good now.

                        If the action’s too high once the truss is adjusted, you can remove the saddle and *carefully* sand the base of it to make it lower. Take off small amounts at a time, and keep it level while sanding. If you go too low, it’ll need a shim or a new saddle.

                        Otherwise, there’s not much to adjust.
                        "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by NegativeEase View Post
                          I have to be honest here -I didn't know stringing acoustic with 10s was even a thing.
                          I have a cheap 90s Alvarez that’s bridge needs reglued. My interim fix was putting 10s on it. The guitar didn’t sound bad with 12s or 13s, but it sounds like a toy played through an iPhone speaker now. I gave it to my oldest son, and probably won’t worry about fixing it for real until the bridge actually comes off.
                          "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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                          • #14
                            I use 10s or 11s on acoustics. I don’t care about the acoustic output as much as playability.


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                            • #15
                              Semi-related, anybody using plastic nuts, saddles, or bridge pins, replace them with bone, Tusq, or wood for the pins. Get the blanks, do it yourself, and it’ll cost less than a single pickup, with a very noticeable improvement.
                              "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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