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Old 02-17-2015, 12:52 PM   #1
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same guitar, 9 gauge E, 10 gauge Eb,= same tension?

I have a les paul that came with 10 gauge strings, which is standard for 24.75 scale guitars. However the strings were somewhat stiff so I detuned to eb so it's better. If i change out the strings to 9 gauge strings and tune back to standard would it be about the same in bendability of the strings?

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Old 02-17-2015, 01:19 PM   #2
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It should be close, yes. I find that the difference of one string gauge, one semitone, and the change in scale from 24.75 to 25.5 are roughly equivalent.

There are string tension calculators available online if you want to see exactly what the difference is. Tension isn't the only measure of ease of playing but it's a strong indicator.

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Old 02-17-2015, 02:19 PM   #3
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Check out stringtensionpro.com. Someone posted this a few days ago.
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I don't find it's exact, but it's getting there, as colin said.
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