#1
Alright, so I went through all 8 pages, and searchbarred the first 2 or 3 pages, and couldn't find this. I'm sure it's a frequently asked question, but I don't come to this part of the forum very often, so I apologize if it's been asked 1000x.

Anyways, so is there anything bad with putting Electric guitar strings on Acoustic? My Acoustic needs to be re-strung very badly, and all I have is two packs of Ernie Ball Super Slinkies, 9 - 42. They are Nickel.

Would this be bad for the guitar? Or would it not affect it?

Any help would be appreciated.
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#2
It'll work, but you won't be getting any volume with tension that low. I heard somewhere that Michael Hedges used to use heavy electric guitar strings on his acoustic when recording plugged in, but those were more like 11-50s.
#3
Friend of mine does this all the time, he's never seemed to have a problem, only he used heavier sets. The fact that they're 9s, that's where you may have some issue, but as a temporary option, it's doable. Hell, I've got flatwound electric strings on my acoustic, and honestly, I prefer them.
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One of my mates does it. He doesn't seem to have a problem.
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#5
Phew, I don't even like .09s on an electric guitar.

One thing, I'll be easy to play.

I wouldn't waste those strings, I'd see if I could get a hold of a set of acoustic extra lights,(.010 to .047). That's the smallest acoustic sets made, and they're not really heavy enough for some larger body guitars. I suppose if you're going to plug in, give the electric lights a shot. But, IMO, it's not the way to go.
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Weak sounding, odd and tinny. Might be your thing for very unique applications. Give it a try, it won't hurt anything, it probably won't help anything.
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Weak sounding, odd and tinny. Might be your thing for very unique applications. Give it a try, it won't hurt anything, it probably won't help anything.

Keith Richards could probably find a way to make a hit song out of a string job such as the one we're discussing. But you, I, or the OP, probably not so much....

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Anyways, so is there anything bad with putting Electric guitar strings on Acoustic? My Acoustic needs to be re-strung very badly, and all I have is two packs of Ernie Ball Super Slinkies, 9 - 42. They are Nickel.

Would this be bad for the guitar? Or would it not affect it?

Any help would be appreciated.
OK, after a period of time, the neck could straighten out, or warp backwards, and the body could relax to the point where the action would be too low. Guitars are designed with a certain amount of string tension in mind, and too much or too little can have consequences. On the other hand, it's sometimes recommended to tune a guitar down a step or two, if you're not going to be playing it for a while.

Most acoustics are shipped with an "acoustic light" string set, (012 to .053). And that's probably where they're happiest.

The brass and bronze alloys in acoustic strings are what give them their characteristic sound. That said, it's also most likely the sound everybody's expecting to come out of one.

Here's a string tension chart for D'Addario Acoustic sdtrings: http://www.daddario.com/DADProductFamily.Page?ActiveID=3768&familyid=14 (You have to click the "Family Tension Chart" button to see these results).

You can see how wildly the tension varies with respect to string guage.
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#8
if it were me..... i'd play with the dead strings until i could get the right strings. my summer car has 19 in. wheels and no spare, if i got a flat tire i could use the 14 in. wheel from my old corolla. it would work.. not so well but it'd work.....
#9
i use fender electric strings .09 on my acoustic and have done for maaaaaany years now , heaps better than acoustic strings if u ask me
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Alright, so I went through all 8 pages, and searchbarred the first 2 or 3 pages, and couldn't find this. I'm sure it's a frequently asked question, but I don't come to this part of the forum very often, so I apologize if it's been asked 1000x.

Anyways, so is there anything bad with putting Electric guitar strings on Acoustic? My Acoustic needs to be re-strung very badly, and all I have is two packs of Ernie Ball Super Slinkies, 9 - 42. They are Nickel.

Would this be bad for the guitar? Or would it not affect it?

Any help would be appreciated.


I use Dean Markley Blue Steel Electric Regulars, .010 - .046

Never had a problem, but that's definitely the lightest I'd go.
#11
I used to play with someone occasionally who used electric strings on his acoustic. It wasn't too bad when he was playing on his own, but as soon as we were playing together my guitar totally humiliated his for both tone and volume.

Also:
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I'd see if I could get a hold of a set of acoustic extra lights,(.010 to .047). That's the smallest acoustic sets made, and they're not really heavy enough for some larger body guitars.

.9s for acoustic guitars are available, possibly not widely distributed but they are out there.

Also, I use .10s on all three of my jumbo acoustics and they're just fine. They even came with .10s when I first bought them.
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#12
my husband and i use extra lights on some of our guitars and we're perfectly happy. he uses black diamonds, i use d'addario pb's or thomastik plectrums.
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#13
You can use Electric Guitar Strings on an acoustic without any issue whatsoever. And AKCHANG is correct - i was fortunate enough to work with Michael Hedges (RIP) and we created very specific sets that mixed acoustic and electric strings for his Harp Guitar. Part of the intent there was for color coding and gauge availability.

Electric Guitar strings use Ferrous alloys that make them magnetic and therefore provide signal to your pickups. Acoustic Guitars normally have piezo pickup (those that have pickups), which is located under the saddle of the guitar and sound is transferred by pressure. Sonically, you'll heard the difference between say, Phosphor Bronze (acoustic strings) and Nickel or Stainless Strings (electric strings) when playing your acoustic - acoustically. But it won't do any damage to the instrument.
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