#1
Is there anything apart from gauge that makes strings sit more tightly on the neck. I have a short scale (66 mustang) and have 11s on it, but it still seems a bit limp to me. What can I do other than move to thicker strings? Is there anything else I can do with strings?

thanks.
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#2
Tune them higher.
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Tune them higher.


other than this.
sorry, i was talking about keeping it in standard.
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#4
What have you got it tuned to? cos i wouldn't describe 11's at concert pitch as being limp.....

unless i've totally got the wrong end of the stick...........

which is probable lol
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What have you got it tuned to? cos i wouldn't describe 11's at concert pitch as being limp.....

unless i've totally got the wrong end of the stick...........

which is probable lol


EADGBE....
short scale remember. so, strings are always looser. i played 9s when i played longer scales, but i had to adjust when i changed.
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#6
wow i find 10's to be too tight in standard on my G&L tele. this is weird
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#7
Nothing you can do other than get thicker strings. .011's are pretty thick for a full scale(around 24-25.5 inches) guitar. I'm guessing you mean 3/4 scale buy "short scale."
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EADGBE....
short scale remember. so, strings are always looser. i played 9s when i played longer scales, but i had to adjust when i changed.


Errrrr..... I really don't know what to say.... I've got two guitars that are short scale with 10's on and they're tight. I don't know what to suggest dude.....

Sorry.

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Quote by justinb904
Nothing you can do other than get thicker strings. .011's are pretty thick for a full scale(around 24-25.5 inches) guitar. I'm guessing you mean 3/4 scale buy "short scale."


normal scale length of fenders is around 25.5 and gibsons are 24.75 ish

mine is 24 so is a shorter scale, but not a 3/4

3/4 guitars are 22.5 inches

short scale is a pretty standard term?
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#10
perhaps the saddles on your guitar have been previously adjusted for a different tuning... the position of the saddle changes the length of the string, so i can only assume that different tensions would result from different saddle positions.
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Quote by frigginjerk
perhaps the saddles on your guitar have been previously adjusted for a different tuning... the position of the saddle changes the length of the string, so i can only assume that different tensions would result from different saddle positions.

very very wrong assumption indeed. The saddle positioning ensures accurate intonation across all frets. Theoretically the 12th fret has to be the exact half way point between the saddle and the nut to make a perfect octave. but then you've gotta compensate for the fact you're gonna be stretching the string a little too, to push it down to the fretwire, so you need to shift the saddles around a little depending on the amount of stretch there'll be in each string and how much it will change the pitch. Obviously there's some hell of a load of physics involved in this but you're better off ignoring that and just adjusting them by ear (listening out for how accurate the octave is) or using a chromatic tuner. The saddle position has nothing to do with the tension of the strings.

I don't really know what to suggest though, regarding the tension of the strings, other than obviously going up to a higher gauge... To be honest, i would use .12s for a 24" scale, maybe even with a wound G.
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