#1
Im looking to put thicker gauge strings on my ESP EC-401. I got D' Addario 11-56 to put on. My question is does the guitar have to be setup to use these or can I just put them on? My local shop said I can and shouldn't run into any issues but I just wanna ask around.
#2
if you are incapable of researching or doing simple tasks than yes, you can do it.

if you can listen to and see directions on youtube or even just in text, you will be fine.

i am thinking you can do it yourself.

most likely you will have to change bridge height, maybe a small truss rod adjustment, and intonation.

every time i have changed gauge i am glad that i spent the 10 minutes to set it up.

it really does make a difference or i wouldn't bother to post this.
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#3
I've played 13-56 sets pretty frequently, and have been told that I don't need to adjust my setup, nor did I ever feel like I needed to, so you should be fine.
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I've played 13-56 sets pretty frequently, and have been told that I don't need to adjust my setup, nor did I ever feel like I needed to, so you should be fine.


what other gauge do you use? if you are saying you switched from a lighter guage to 13's on a strat you would at least need to put new heavy springs on the trem, unless you have blocked the trem.

i set it up for drop tuning every time i drop tune a guitar as well as re set up when it would go to std tuning.
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#5
I did it for myself from like day one. It seems weird at first, but you get good at it pretty damned fast.

Next thing you know, you realise how much work you are actually being charged for at your local shop. Unless I got a new guitar set up for E and I wanted Bb, and locking trems are annoying, THEN I would get them to set it up
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what other gauge do you use? if you are saying you switched from a lighter guage to 13's on a strat you would at least need to put new heavy springs on the trem, unless you have blocked the trem.

i set it up for drop tuning every time i drop tune a guitar as well as re set up when it would go to std tuning.


Lol, that isn't a problem, I'm a tele user. I do recall that it's always best to keep lighter gauged strings in standard, otherwise you get bad intonation if you try to go any lower.
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#7
Really you most likely won't have to do much other than intonaton. You might have to do a slight truss rod adjustment and set the string height but it will be very minor.
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#8
Just put them on and check your truss-rod and intonation.
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what other gauge do you use? if you are saying you switched from a lighter guage to 13's on a strat you would at least need to put new heavy springs on the trem, unless you have blocked the trem.

i set it up for drop tuning every time i drop tune a guitar as well as re set up when it would go to std tuning.

I didnt have to add extra springs on my MH when I put 12s on it from 9s. Only had to adjust spring tension.