#1
So a while back I bought a nice BC Rich Warlock, came with standard 9-42 strings on it. I decided to up them to 10-46 because I'm more comfortable with them and I never adjusted the truss rod.
So a couple days ago I was playing my friend's guitar, and he has 13-56 strings. I like the feel of them, so I figured I'd pick them up. But I play in E standard, and if I put on strings that thick without adjusting the truss rod won't it damage the neck? How much would I have to adjust it to keep the guitar healthy?
#2
What you do is put the new strings on and then check what the neck relief looks like and adjust it accordingly. Jen explains it here:
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=602241
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#3
After viewing that, I only have one concern.
That guide requires you to have already strung your guitar. but if i string up 13 gauges and go straight to E standard, won't that cause neck damage or even snap the strings?
#4
No, it won't damage anything in the short term. Put them on, check and adjust.
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#5
Really? That seems surprising to me, because when I put on fresh 10's and go straight to standard they seem pretty tense. Are you sure they won't snap or anything?
#6
Yes, it will be fine. Check the relief straight away though, don't leave it for a week before sorting it out. Check as soon as you put them on.
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#7
Just check and adjust the neck relief as soon as I put the strings on? Seems easy enough. Thanks for the help
#8
Just on a side note, which way should I turn it if I have too much bend and which way should I turn it if I don't have enough?
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#11
the change from 10 to 13 is drastic, you will definitely need adjustment. however, it will certainly not do HARM like you think. just listen to cath.

personally, if i was doing it, i would give it a good 1/8 turn tighter to start off. every guitar is different so i cant tell you, but i know my guitar would need that easily if not more. i have a rough idea of my the neck on my guitar would react after ive ecperimented with different string guages before.

but in general, any normal 1-2 guages up or down, let the neck move, and you adjust. dont do any guess work or crazy pre-emptive moves. its not that big of a deal.

also - its wood. its a gradual change. to get it right may take days if not weeks, and slight monitoring and adjustment. its wood, it doesnt move that fast.
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