#1
Hey guys I'm thinking about changing my strings from 9s to 11s since 9s sound just so puny and weak.

So when I do change what changes do I need to look at having to make (bridge, truss rod,etc.)
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#2
The nut first.
I bought my Strat, came with 8's. I put 10's on it and had to have to nut modded cause the 10 set stuck sometimes.
You will probably also have to redo the intonation.
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#3
I have a bunch of strats and teles running 9's to 11's, and you shouldn't have to make any changes to make them work, other than perhaps lowering the saddles a bit if the neck bows, which it shouldn't.

In playing, the jump from 9's to 11's is fairly massive, if you play in standard tuning. I'd try 10's first, and then try 11's.
#4
Your nut should be fine with 11's, most nuts are precut to allow up to 11's, and the low E can handle up to like 54 or 56 or something usually before having to be cut. Eh, 56 might be pushing it..

But anyways, with both my Schecter & my Ibanez I was able to string then with 11's and 12's on several occasions without ever having to mod the nut.
#5
9s sound just so puny and weak.


Fact: Frank Zappa used 7s

I absolutely think you should try 10s first if you're in E std. tuning.
#6
Ya I've played my friends strat with 10s on it before and it seemed just a tad harder than my 9s. And the only thing I was really worried about was the nut cause I didn't want to have to get a new one cut.

And on the truss rod it's best to adjust it about 1/4 turn then wait a couple days right?
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#8
lol 9's sound puny and week....w/e floats ur boat dude. depending on your guitar, all you would need to do is a minor nut filing (probably not) and if you have any style of trem, you will have to tighten its springs....thats about it unless your trying to tune to standard with .11's
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#9
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I have a bunch of strats and teles running 9's to 11's, and you shouldn't have to make any changes to make them work, other than perhaps lowering the saddles a bit if the neck bows, which it shouldn't.
That's terrible advice man. If the neck bows you adjust the truss rod.

TS: check your truss rod. That's something you should do regularly anyway so you know what your neck is doing over time. It only takes a few seconds to check. Familiarise yourself with your guitar.
You didn't say what sort of bridge you have. If it's a trem you may have to adjust the spring tension.
Once that is done check the intonation - another thing you should be doing all the time as well. Intonation shifts give you warning about the health of your strings.
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