#1
I've brought my '08 Gibson Explorer Standard out of retirement for the recording of an album I wrote a while back.

I decided, because of the shorter scale length, I'd move up from my D'addario Regular Light Set (10-46) to their Medium set (11-49.)

Now the Bottom 3 strings play like a dream and sound great, but the top 3 are next to impossible to play and seem a little choked.

My question is this, are these issues I'm having with the high E through G due to the extra string thickness? Or is is a more complicated set up related problem?
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#2
You may need to raise the treble side of the bridge up a tad. What do you mean by choked out? Like the notes die out faster?
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#3
Yes, and when you play them there's like a little *ping*

Kind of when like when you strum the strings above the nut, but obviously not as bad. The problem starts getting unmanagable around the 12th fret on the afformentioned strings.

I'm playing in Drop D, I'm starting to think they're just too heavy. I did raise both sides of the bridge up as I was having issues with strings touching the neck when fretting lower notes.
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#4
You may just need a setup. You can technically use whatever strings you want for whatever tuning you want to get a preferred tension. The rest is a matter of setup.
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#5
Set up as in the nut slots probably need to be filed for the larger gauge. The increased tension of the larger strings may have increased your neck relief as well
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#6
I agree with Stig and Ken....Play with the set-up a bit and let the neck settle.
#7
ping often shows up when the string is binding up in the nut slot and then suddenly overcomes whatever was holding it up and slips. I imagine you're hearing this when you tune or bending rather than just normally fretting notes?
#8
nut problems. i have .11-.49 d'addarios on all seven of my gibsons from 1982 to 2009.

you probably need to have the nut filed a little bit. nuts haven't ever been gibson's strong point . i am having a nut problem now on an LP. get a new nut or a setup and you should be good to go.
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#9
I won't be able to set it up myself and can't get it to anyone soon.

What would you recommend in the short term?

I have a set of Dunlop Heavy Core (10-13-17-28-38-48) would they be any better with the nut or is it just a case of going back to my standard set?
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