#1
Hiya

I'm picking up playing the guitar again but find myself in a weird situation. I don't remember exactly what strings I used to play with years ago, but I know that I was playing with a bit thicker strings. Sounds weird, but I just don't know anymore what gauge strings I used to play with. So, now I went to get myself new strings on the guitar and asked for a tad thicker strings at the store. Back at home I couldn't get the 6th string on my guitar, the Yamaha: ERG 121C. It just won't go through the hole at the machine heads the second time as it is too thick. It's a set of Curt Mangan fusion matched strings 10-52 (plain third). So..I went and bought another set of string: Ernie Ball's custom gauge 11-48. Hoping that this one would fit, but it doesn't. Anyway, before buying a regular set strings I was thinking if there is a way to mix the two different sets. You should have realised by now that I'm a novice with a cheap guitar. I'm not limited to any sound, rather, if I could make these two sets of strings work together I would like to see what comes out of it. This is why I'm here, does anyone have experience or advice to give? Or is this something I should not even bother with and should stick to regular gauges instead? The most confounding in this is that I know that I used to have thicker strings on this guitar, but I just don't know which ones.

So the Mangan strings go:
10 plain
13 plain
17 plain
30 nickel wound
42 nickel wound
52 nickel wound

And the Ernie's are:

11
14
18p (I don't know what the 'p' stands here for)
28
38
48
#2
You can mix and match strings all you want. There is no rule against it. If they wont go trough the hole in the machine head, just drill it a tiny bit bigger until it fits. Its kinda fishy tho, i use .56s, and i never had problems with them not fitting, even on the cheapest tuners i had. Are you sure you arent doing somthing wrong? Cause i never heard of a .48 not fitting in a tuner....
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#3
This made me look at various videos of putting on the strings. Man, I don't know how I manages to do it before the way I did, but all those videos showed a different way than the way I have been doing it. I don't even remember where or from whom I learned to put on the strings on an electric guitar, but I for some reason always slipped the string twice through the tuner. Not once, like all the videos have displayed. So yeah, if I'd use this - new to me - way, then I could also have the .52 string on.
So problem solved: I need to learn a new way of stringing the guitar. Still doesn't make sense how I was able to do it years ago. That will remain a mystery.
Thanks gorkyporky!
#4
look at post #2 here: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=602241

that will get you going.

as far as the gauge goes, strings are cheap. if in doubt, go for a 10-46 to start your journey, and go from there.
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