#1
Hey guys!

So, I bought this new Ibanez Acoustic (V72ECE-BK) (that's right, an Ibanez ).
I'm still a rookie when it comes to guitars, so I can't tell you exactly what gauge the strings are, but in any case they feel very hard to me, and I have a lot of trouble bending the notes.

I use 9/9.5 for my electric guitar, but can I just go ahead and change to lighter strings on an acoustic fitted with heavier strings? Will it require some extra saddle/truss rod adjustments or something else to keep action low and eliminate fret buzz?

Like I said, I couldn't tell you the exact gauge, but I would think they're around 11.
And in general, is fitting lighter strings on an acoustic "dumb" or frowned upon?

On a side note, when I try to bend the notes, it's like the strings "scratch" against the fret. Will this get better with time? I don't remember having this problem with my electrical.

Sorry for my silly questions, but I'm here to learn
#2
I know a lot of guys who use lighter gauge acoustic strings, and there is not anything wrong with it, but your guitar will need some adjustments. This may result in a different sound from the guitar though.
#3
we use extra lights on all but one of our guitars. half needed the action changed and half didn't when we switched. that being said, acoustics are a bit stiffer than electrics, and some strings of the same guarge are stiffer than others.

not quite sure what you mean by scratch - could be a normal thing, although i'm not aware of any scratching even when i play a guitar that's never been played before. could be the strings since the lower strings are thicker and may have thicker winding. could be the frets - after all, one of the things about ibanez is their hardware isn't as good as the competition.
#4
I prefer a custom guage set of

D'Addario EJ19
12-16-25w-35w-45w-56w

with 11-15 for plain wound strings, this way I can do the bends very easily
but still have the tight top end for chording's, its all personal preference
Ibanez AEL10E BLK- W/ Graph Tech Nut, Saddle and Pins
Duncan Woody XL Pickup w/ stock fishman EQ

Schecter C1+ Darksunburst w/ SH-4 (N) & SH-6 (B) 24.75"
Gain boost Switch
11-14-21w-38w-49w-60w D'Addario strings
ENGL Fireball+Savage+Vader Cab
#5
You may want to try a set of Martin medium lights - In my opinion, those are the best playing / sounding acoustic string.
#6
I use D'Addario EJ16 or EXP16 (lights)
Gauges: 12-16-24-32-42-53

I wouldn't go much lower than lights though. You start losing an amount of volume and stuff from it. I always figured lights were a good place to be at if you can't handle it at mediums. I currently have mediums on mine right now and honestly can't tell much of a difference though. Its just slightly harder to push down and have it ring out perfectly and I get just a bit more volume.
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#7
I'm actually okay with a slight loss in volume. I live in an apartment, and my guitar is currently a bit noisy
I realize there might be a loss of sustain as well, but I can live with that too (for now ). I bought some 11/50 and also some 10/48 just to test the lightest I could find out.
Thanks for all the help guys