#1
Will it hurt my nut? I'm going to put them on my SG, but accidently ordered 10's instead of 9's.


Edit: I normally use ernie ball super slinky 9's. I got hot pink DR extra life coated 10's on a whim.
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it wont do anything unless its a drastic change i think
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#4
if it's just the stock nut that came with the guitar then i wouldn't worry. 9s are lighter than standard anyway, your nut could accomodate much higher than 10s.
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#6
You wont have any problem at all. Im so surprised you even use 9's , let alone 10's.
When i used to play in standard I use 11's, and one of my buddys used 12's
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AFAIK all stock guitars come with 9's right? I slapped 10's on my LP immediately - never had problems

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#8
its not gonna hurt your nut (lol).
just adjust your intonation when you restring your guitar to 10s.
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best mistake youve made in a while imho lol, better yet would be 11's
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#10
it won't hurt the nut. what it will affect is the intonation. however small, any change in string gauge will effect how much tension is exerted over the neck and body. Depending on your guitar, and how it was set up, and how it was built, it could make a huge difference or barely any difference.

going from 9's to 10's is not that drastic a step though. it's not like your guitar will break in half, lol... but it will change it a bit. if you put on the 10's and you really think it sounds off, then you'll have your answer. a simple truss rod adjustment performed by anyone who knows how will fix that problem.

9's are the factory standard for most (but not all) guitars. as for what most people prefer... 9's and 10's are the standard for rock and pop, sometimes 11's. a decent rule of thumb is that the heavier the music, the heavier the strings will be. this is not universal, but it's a good guide. if you just wanna play zeppelin and floyd and rush, 10's will be just fine. if you wanna downtune everything you play, have 11's at least. the thicker a string is, the better your intonation on chords will be, since it's harder to momentarily knock the string out of tune when playing hard.
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#11
I use 13's on my Ibanez and 10's on my Gibson. I wouldn't worry at all.
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#12
It wont hurt your nut but prepare to have your neck adjusted
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Will it hurt my nut?


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I use 13's on my Ibanez and 10's on my Gibson. I wouldn't worry at all.

Doesn't the change in tension feel weird? I used my acoustic (strung with 0.13s) for a long while, then played on my electrics (0.11s), and they felt like toys.
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13's won't hurt your nut, dude. They didn't used to make .009 gauge strings before the late 70's anyway, I don't think =/
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#17
Some people like 9s because they're easy to bend and they never downtune, why do you care what gauge he uses?
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#22
I used to rock 9's on my RG321 just because I found it easier to bend and do vibrato. Now I wanna jump up to 10's because I feel a little more tension might make everything a little smoother.

Either way, minor truss rod adjustments are all you should need to stay golden.
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Haha, I can see how it came off as defensive, but I was seriously asking. Why do people care what string gauge other people use? It's all a preference thing, just like pick brand and thickness.
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#25
No, it won't hurt it. They come stock with .010's anyway. It'll fit better.
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Doesn't the change in tension feel weird? I used my acoustic (strung with 0.13s) for a long while, then played on my electrics (0.11s), and they felt like toys.


Yeah it does. At the moment I have my Ibanez downtuned to C Standard, therefore it's not that noticable, but I do play acoustics with 13's regularly.
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#27
The SG has a shorter scale length than a strat. That means the strings on the SG need less tension to come up to pitch. I play 9's or 10's on my strat and Tele. But I would never put 9's on my SG. Too wimpy. Stick with the 10's. Your nut should be fine.

Edit: Just noticed that Say Ocean already called out that point.
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#28
10's are not going to hurt your guitar. Only thing it might do is knock the intonation out and that's easy to fix. Might have to adjust your action different too if you want it to fee like it did before. Hell you could throw 12's on there and it's not going to hurt the nut.
#30
if you're putting strings on your nuts.. it won't hurt until you start putting tension on them.


:P

dumb jokes aside, changing 1 increment of string gauge will change only a few small things on your guitar. a slight tweak of the truss rod MAY be needed due to extra tension.. but not too likely.
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The SG has a shorter scale length than a strat. That means the strings on the SG need less tension to come up to pitch. I play 9's or 10's on my strat and Tele. But I would never put 9's on my SG. Too wimpy. Stick with the 10's. Your nut should be fine.

Edit: Just noticed that Say Ocean already called out that point.


Yeah, they feel better and sound better on a long scale. I only play long scales now but honestly I used the same gauges on short scale guitars when I used them and it's still hard for me to tell a lot of difference. Just slightly. I wouldn't use 9's though they feel weak and they sound weak. Heavier strings can be just as easy as 9's to play and bend as easy when your fingers get used to them.

Plus to me heavier strings are easier because it's easy to play thrash riffs or speed pick on them. 10-52 is what I use in drop c. I can't even use 10-50 in drop c. Even that slightly lighter heavy string doesn't hold up with fast picking. Then you got the 10's for the lead so it works out. Hybrid gauges are the best. You get the best of both worlds.
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if you're putting strings on your nuts.. it won't hurt until you start putting tension on them.


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dumb jokes aside, changing 1 increment of string gauge will change only a few small things on your guitar. a slight tweak of the truss rod MAY be needed due to extra tension.. but not too likely.


Yeah... I doubt he even needs a truss rod adjustment. 10's are not to heavy. I've went 10-52 on a guitar that was set up for 9's and the truss rod was still fine. There was one I had to adjust not long ago though because it was hitting the first fret some and I had to put a level underneath the nut to raise the nut so it wouldn't hit the fretboard. But that's my mistake for buying another ibanez guitar. They always need fretwork and I didn't have the money for it. Won't buy another one.
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#35
man up, get some 13's
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^ or be a real man and buy barbwire for strings.
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