#1
So every time I try out a guitar in a shop the strings feel much tighter, and I find it much harder to do string bends, is it just the gauge of the strings? I think the one's on the guitar I tried out yesterday were 10s and I use 9s, but it should make that much difference should it? Also, when I go back to my guitar the strings do feel way more loose.

What do you guys think?
Thanks!

EDIT:
My guitar is just a cheap squier strat, could that have anything to do with it?
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Last edited by archerygenious at Nov 29, 2008,
#2
Probably a mixture of string guage and scale length. Nothing to worry about.
Unless it's something else.
What guitar were you trying?
#3
An Ibanez SZR520

EDIT: Just checked the scales and my squier is 25.5" and the Ibanez was 24.75"
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Last edited by archerygenious at Nov 29, 2008,
#5
shorter scale length makes for lower string tension
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#7
It might be your action that you're getting confused with the tension. Most Squiers have high action then most other guitars so you might think that action is like tension.
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#8
Shorter scale length means less string tension. Have you downtuned your guitar at all?
Last edited by Spudderz at Nov 29, 2008,
#9
Yeah, I know the action is much lower on my squier, it feels EXTREMELY low after trying out the guitar yesterday. And no, I haven't down tuned it either.
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#10
Read this months article on scale length @ GuitarPlayer.com!
Shorter scale equals les tension - longer scale equals greater tension at same pitch.
10's are firmer than 9's and a little harder to bend. Some guitars come with 9's and some with 10's but I think 10's are more prevalent these days.
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