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Old 11-29-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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Mixing string gauge???

Has anyone ever mixed their acoustic strings for ex. top 3 (bass) med. with bottom 3(treble) lights or top 3 light and bottom 3 extra light??? something to think about.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:28 PM   #2
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d'addario sells them in set like that. EXP14's i think. medium and light. pretty sure most others do it also. i use them on a couple of my Ovations.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:47 PM   #3
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I've never done it, but I know guys who do it with good results. Putting lighter strings on the 3 higher strings can help with bends, although it doesn't stop me on my one acoustic with 13s installed.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:14 PM   #4
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Idk how much this will help but on my electric i always have 10s except for an 11 on the high E so i imagine it is both doable and possible to go both ways (heavier or lighter). youll just have to set it up accordingly
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:06 PM   #5
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I haven't done this on acoustic but on my low tuned electric guitar I use Ernie Ball Slinky Hybrids. They're 10's on the low strings (E, A, D) and 9's on the high 3 (G, B, E). I use them to great effect. However you need to watch your neck. The mixed gauges cause a greater tension on the lower strings, thusly bowing your neck.

So go ahead and experiment, keep that truss rod in check.

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Old 11-30-2012, 12:54 AM   #6
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i often mix string sets - that way, i can get exactly what i want.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:11 AM   #7
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A number of my guitars are tuned to New Standard Tuning, which is CGDAEG. On an electric, you can't really tune to that with a standard set. Some acoustics can handle it- like my Ovation- but my guess is that most can't.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:46 PM   #8
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Don from D'Addario here - we have several sets that we mix medium basses with light gauge trebles (EJ14, EXP14 - 80/20 bronze; EJ19, EXP19 Phosphor Bronze). Hope that helps to clarify what the 2nd poster offered!
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:00 PM   #9
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Mixed string gauges are the way to go. I always use heavy tops and slinky bottoms. Especially on acoustic where you are the only instrument, you must fill all the parts. Having heavier strings helps provide a more "ballsy" and percussive tone.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:17 AM   #10
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thanks so much mr a'ddario man!!!
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