#1
I want to try some heavier strings on my fender strat but it has a maple neck & fretboard and people have warned me not to use heavy string on it because it has a maple neck & fretboard.

are they right? or can i try some heavy strings? i just dont want to ruin my guitar.
Last edited by srvstrat at Mar 19, 2013,
#2
It should not be a problem. What string gauge do you have in mind?
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#4
I'm sure it's safe to assume that he means fretboard, Sullinger.


Also, you're perfectly fine using heavy gauge strings on a maple fretboard.
#6
Quote by hminh87
It should not be a problem. What string gauge do you have in mind?


I was thinking .11's at first maybe something liek this?

http://www.ernieball.com/products/electric-strings/1712/power-slinky-nickel-wound

I'm not really sure what would be best to get a nice blues tone. Any suggestions? i've been buying ernie ball for a while but I'm open to other string brands too.

EDIT: actualy I might just try out .10's like these http://www.ernieball.com/products/electric-strings/1728/regular-slinky-nickel-wound
Last edited by srvstrat at Mar 19, 2013,
#7
You will have to adjust the truss rod if you're going from .9 to .11
Best take it to a guitar shop and let them do it for a fee if you don't know what you're doing.
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#8
If you have a floating tremolo, you will also need to adjust that. I have been trying a bunch of different string sizes recently and have to make adjustments. Like he said, you will probably need to adjust the truss if moving away from the stock Fender 9s.

You might want to try the heavy bottom strings in the orange package. Those were pretty cool.
#9
Quote by srvstrat
I want to try some heavier strings on my fender strat but it has a maple neck & fretboard and people have warned me not to use heavy string on it because it has a maple neck & fretboard.


what people? name and shame!

seriously, though, I can't see it doing any harm (within reason, if you put cablecar cables on your strat it might do it harm ). Maple is pretty strong, i think.
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#10
SRV routinely used strings the size of telephone cables on his Strats without a problem. Unless you plan to put bass strings on your guitar (yes, people have tried it) then you should be just fine. Your truss rod may need a tweak, but that's not a big deal.
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#11
If dick dale's strat could survive .016s I think you'll be fine.
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