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I've got an ESP LTD EC-1000 with Duncan pickups and stock strings currently. Action and whatnot are fine. However, I can't seem to do any bend more than 1 whole note (2 frets up). For example, when bending on 14th fret, I can only bend to get a 16th fret note. Any more and my fingers die and the string refuses to budge. Any advice? Should I get different strings or do I just have to force the string to bend more?

EDIT: Bending even one whole note requires some effort and pain on my part. My fingers will get used to it, but other people I see (on Youtube) seem to make 2 fret bends with little to no effort.
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Which strings do you use?
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Stock strings. No idea what they are.
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replace them with Elixir strings, they are silky and bend really good
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get the strings changed, maybe sum ernie ball super slinkys or i have DR black beauties they bend well, i really think it all has to with how much slack u leave when u wind them up.
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Yes, but if I leave too much slack, I start bending notes I don't mean to and get terrible fret buzz.
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It's really a strength issue, I think. It gets easier with practice. I can bend my acoustic's strings almost as far as my electric's, and they are several gauges thicker.

It wouldn't hurt to change out the strings though, they generally aren't very good. As for brand, you gotta find that out for yourself, it really comes down to personal preference.
#8
i think it's just practice. i use 56-12s and i can easily bend 5 frets. the only thing i always really worry about are the strings.
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Are you trying to bend using only one finger? If you are, support the fretting finger with the others.
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My guitar teacher says it is best to try to use three fingers to bend so if you are bending on the 14th fret you would have your 3rd finger on the 14 2nd on 13 1st on 12 and your thumb in the middle of the neck even with your 2nd finger and you would bend with all three fingers.
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I've been trying to bend with only one finger. That might be an issue.
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#12
learn to bend strings on the low frets of a bass, then you will be able to shift the string right across the fret board
#13
Relying on finger strength alone can make it hard to do bends, even when supporting the primary bending finger with a couple of others. Try rotating your whole arm in a manner that pushes your fingers upward -- that way you won't be using finger strength, you'll be using your arm and wrist instead.
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Awesome, I'll try that out.

Also, on a related note, would it be ok to swap out my .9 strings to .10 without having to readjust anything on my guitar?
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Put your remaining fingers behind the fret and bend with those too. Bending with 2 or 3 fingers is a lot easier than one.
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Awesome, I'll try that out.

Also, on a related note, would it be ok to swap out my .9 strings to .10 without having to readjust anything on my guitar?



yeah it is dude, never did mine any harm and I swapped from .09 to .011
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Awesome, I'll try that out.

Also, on a related note, would it be ok to swap out my .9 strings to .10 without having to readjust anything on my guitar?


should be ok, but if you struggle to bend now why do you want to increase the string tension?
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I play jazz, and I've always been a fan of Ernie Ball Super Slinkys for their ease and control of bending.
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#19
Just use more fingers to bend, and it gets easier.

Also: switching to tens will make the problem worse.
#20
Well, I looked through my manual and found that my guitar comes stringed with 10s. However, if I use extra fingers to assist, bending is far easier.
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Never bend with one finger, always bend with the 3, it will give you more control on th ebend and when you advance you will start adding vibrato to your bends which is much better and more controlled with the 3 fingers.
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