#1
Just wondering if there will be benefits using certain string gauges over others for carpal tunnel in the fingers? I currently use light strings, and lose sensation in my pinky, thumb, and index after playing, and I was thinking it might -possibly- help if I went up to a medium gauge.

This theory comes from a couple posts over at AGF from members with carpal, as well as the basic idea that thicker strings will take more pressure to fret, but it's still more area to divide the pressure so possibly a less chance of cutting of circulation, and I think that sounds like a reasonable theory..

Any insight would be appreciated.
#2
Buy a set of 10-46 and a set of 8-40 (ernie ball makes them)and try them both I really cant say wich will benifit you better
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#3
How about putting a halt on the guitar and focus on getting your carpal tunnel under control? I know it's not fun, but it's certainly preferable to damaging your tendons even more.
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#4
Stop playing guitar for awhile, jeez.

While you wait, read a good book/read up on your music theory.
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#5
I don't get carpal tunnel but I do get tendonitis due to scar bone restricting the gap the tendon runs through so it is a similar problem. I switched from 9-46 to 9-42 and it was enough to make a difference. I also had to shorten my strap and modify my technique. The key was keeping my wrist straight.
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How about putting a halt on the guitar and focus on getting your carpal tunnel under control? I know it's not fun, but it's certainly preferable to damaging your tendons even more.



Who says I'm not in the process of doing that? I have read that several different aspects of regular guitar playing can affect carpal tunnel, and the onset of it, including string gauge, so I am asking.

Is this not me trying to get my carpal tunnel under control? If you have had it before, you would know it's not as simple as just taking a short break (or even a long one) and then all the symptoms will go away.
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#7
FYI, I've found that nothing fixes my carpal tunnel better than regular weightlifting combined with tendon stretches. It I have to spend a lot of time working at my desk I do sets of pushups throughout the day and it's a huge help.
#8
I had it for years. I would recommend 9-42s, low action and if you are going to play fast stuff i personally use superstrats. i tried shredding on normal strats and it caused me big problems.
#9
A shorter scale guitar will lower the string tension too, so from a Strat scale of 25.5 inches to a PRS scale of 25 inches, or a Gibson 24.75 inches. One of the Fender guitars uses a 24 inch scale, but can never remember which one, Jagstang perhaps?