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Old Yesterday, 05:30 AM   #1
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PRS stoptail thicker string gauge question.

I have a PRS SE 245. And recently I fell back in love with metal and want to lower my tuning to drop A. And thus I have to up the thickness of my strings. After trying some different string gauges on my other guitar I've come to like the 010 to 060 set. But I worry if that stoptrail bridge will take well to an unbalanced set of strings like that.



So will I run into issues with the drop A tuning and 010/060 string set on a PRS stoptail bridge? I won't be doing the set up myself, since the nut has to be filed in.
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You probably will have issues getting the intonation correct because of the gauge set. but you can get one of these for <$30 and it will fix those issues just fine (actually its on sale for $20)

http://www.guitarfetish.com/Chrome-...idge_p_153.html
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Robbgnarly is on the right track, but i'd look for one that's a bit more expensive. Unless, of course, cheap chrome that falls off looks really awesome for your steampunk revival rockabilly outfit where patina=profits, then it's great!

Otherwise if you like your chrome to look chrome and stay chrome, I'd throw a bit more cash at it.
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Invest in a tone pros bridge. Superior in every way, and will do what you need easily.
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You probably will have issues getting the intonation correct because of the gauge set. but you can get one of these for <$30 and it will fix those issues just fine (actually its on sale for $20)

http://www.guitarfetish.com/Chrome-...idge_p_153.html


Thanks for the heads up! I had to get the cheaper wraparound when I did my SG project because my budget was next to nothing. I can use this one instead, now.
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in no order at all this is what you'll need to look into:

-nut
-intonation. how depends upon your bridge choice
-neck relief
-action
-possible opening up of the 6th string tuner hole. not all tuners can take bigger strings.
-saddle arc. how depends upon your bridge choice also.
-pu height adjustment. your heavy strings will have more string excursion.

a good tech should be able to handle this.

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Old Yesterday, 01:54 PM   #7
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Don't bother paying a tech to set the guitar up for you. It's a waste of money and few techs really know what they're doing.

You will most definitely need a new bridge with a wide intonation range. Those compensated non-adjustable bridges are terrible imo. Just be sure that the bridge you buy has the same radius as your guitar's fretboard and that the location of the studs are the same.

If you need to widen the nut slots to accept the heavier gauge, get some welding torch tip cleaners. They cost like 4 bucks. It'll get you a range of tiny little needle files that are absolutely perfect for adjusting nut slots.

You can very easily open up the tuning peg hole for the 6th string with a power drill and an appropriately sized bit. It's not nearly as scary as it sounds to do that yourself either.
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Robbgnarly is on the right track, but i'd look for one that's a bit more expensive. Unless, of course, cheap chrome that falls off looks really awesome for your steampunk revival rockabilly outfit where patina=profits, then it's great!

Otherwise if you like your chrome to look chrome and stay chrome, I'd throw a bit more cash at it.

The Guitarfetish bridge is just fine, I have put that one and several others on guitars with no issues at all. Try them out before you knock them
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I'll go shopping for a bridge, haven't found a regional shop that is selling the ones that you guys linked. Maybe I can get one from Germany. Replacing the bridge seems easy to do, but is adjusting the nut really doable at home? It has a reputation of being dangerous to mess with.
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The only issue with the nut is making sure the slots are correct and the right height off of the fretboard
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The Guitarfetish bridge is just fine, I have put that one and several others on guitars with no issues at all. Try them out before you knock them



They get them right every once in a while!

Installed a bunch of guitarfetish stuff for folks, cosmetic issued pop up often enough that I get wary of them as a general rule, but rules always have exceptions.

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Don't bother paying a tech to set the guitar up for you. It's a waste of money and few techs really know what they're doing.


Bold claims, man. You must have bad service in your area.

EDIT: You said it in the Truss rod thread, too!
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