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Old 04-23-2013, 12:57 PM   #1
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Problems with thicker strings

Hello,
I just recently bought guitar strings with the measure eleven and have a huge problem, when it comes to bending the "d" string.
Is it even possible, to bend the "d" string up a whole step?
I can only get half a step but when I hat the thinner strings, one whole step was pretty easy.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:21 PM   #2
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Work on your finger strength.
Make sure you're using more than one finger for the bend.
Make sure your thumb is positioned in supportive position on the rear of the neck.
Practice.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:41 PM   #3
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What I've seen is, that the string is wound with steel and my other d string wasn't wound with steel.
So is it really just that I don't have enough strength, to bend it?
I'm doing everything, you've said and bend the string much higher, than it normally was with my older strings, but still can't get the whole step.

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Old 04-23-2013, 02:00 PM   #4
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never heard of a guitar string set with an unwound D string

are you sure you don't mean the G string? normally that's the one that's available either wound or unwound.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:01 PM   #5
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Oh...
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I mean the G! string
Sorry my bad :x
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:31 PM   #6
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You can do it, but thicker strings do need to be bent further to reach the same pitch, usually. You do need to take into account string construction, guitar construction, age, etc. But generally, thinner strings are better for people who want to do lots of bending and wide vibrato, thicker strings are better if you slide up and down a lot and want to use very narrow vibrato.

There will be a lot of people who will tell you to suck it up and make your fingers stronger, but some people simply have their limits and besides which, there is no point trying to force yourself to use a thicker string gauage than you are comfortable with. You will always play best on whatever strings you are most comfortable with, not whatever someone on the internet tells you are the best strings. So if you don't like having a .011 set, change them for a .0105 set or .010, see how you go.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:50 PM   #7
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Thank you very much for your help!
It worked and now I can bend up the string a whole step but it does need a lot of pressure.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:23 PM   #8
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Yeah, bending a wound G can take some getting used to. I use 12s on my Gretsch and the wound G has snapped every time I've tried to bend it more than a whole step. The guitar also has Sperzel tuners though, so that might contribute to the string breaking.

Also, what MrFlibble said about using what's comfortable is really important. For example, Jeff Beck used to use 8s and he clearly does not have a finger strength problem.

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Old 04-23-2013, 05:08 PM   #9
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Thicker strings are harder to bend, but if you are just starting out or have less-strong fingers, you will find that for a lot of types of music (like rock) it sounds "correct" to be a little flat of your destination (micro-tonal bending). If you are on an F and want to bend to a G and only make it to F# and a half, it will sound fine....playing with a set of 8s and bending too far from an F to a G# will sound wrong.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:26 PM   #10
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It's kind of strange that you got a wound G with only 11's. Usually they don't throw those in until 13's or maybe 12's.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:34 PM   #11
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Sounds like you fixed the problem there, I was gonna suggest maybe if you upped the string gauge a few sizes the guitar may need an extra tension spring. if you bend and can't quite seem to get it all the way there the tremolo may be coming up when you put the extra tension on it. If you don't have a tremolo, disregard lol.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:11 AM   #12
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I do like thick strings, but wound Gs are quite prude when it comes to bends
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:13 AM   #13
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It's kind of strange that you got a wound G with only 11's. Usually they don't throw those in until 13's or maybe 12's.

Not really. Ive had them on 10s before.
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