#1
My Ibanez has 11-49's on it right now, I was wondering, if 11's will be too tight on a 25.5" scale guitar. They are also like 4 months old, so do you think they will snap?
#3
i have 11's on my strat in standard and they work well.
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Quote by T!AN
11's are fine on that scale in standard, but four month strings are bad in any situation.


Agreed. Unless you didin't play the guitar much in the four months, it wouldn't matter too much if you kept the strings cleaned, etc. Also would depend on the strings (manufacturer).

I've got a friend that plays 11s all the time and he's got an Ibanez. Don't know the model, but it's a good number of years old.
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#8
Trust me, you can go MUCH much higher than 11's on a 25.5 scale guitar in standard tuning without the strings breaking. You just might have to adjust a little at first, but you'll get used to it.
#9
no, its not too tight, unless it turns out to be too tight as to wat u prefer
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#10
I wouldt say its too tight for anyone.

I personaly use a wide variety of bends from halfs, to fulls, to full and a halfs and also a lot of legato and other things of the sort. Its personally too tight for muah, but i use 11s on my acoustic guitar in standard (would use higher but back of neck is severely weak) And they work good with that.
Its all coming down to how tight you want your strigs to be.

Now if it was something rediculous like 16s then i would say too tight.
#12
I'm playing on a 25.5" with .012, .016, .024, .032, .044, .056 tuned CGCFAD and I feel like I play with wet spaghetti... when I first got a set of these I tested them in EADGBe, and the tension was awesome, like rocks... but what can I do. Any bigger won't fit in the nut and the .56 barely sits in the saddle lol.
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#13
It won't cause any damage or anything, but you may find your sustain and the guitars' reaction to subtle playing dynamics drops if you're using strings like that in standard E tuning on a 25.5" scale.
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#14
i play a strat with 11s (the ones that also have larger than normal wounds) tuned to concert EADGBE.

i like to do a lot of bends and at this tension it does wreck your fingers. honestly if its possible with 9 or 10s, you can do it with 11s too.

the only issue you may have is the truss rod. i dont think mine can go any tighter and it just about covers it but i would prefer a little more truss tension.
#15
Well, its fine on a 24.75" scale, i use ernie ball power slinky sets on my Fender Cyclone. So it should be fine on 25.5" necks too.
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#16
I have 11's on my Ibanez in standard. I had to drill holes for 2 more spring on the trem but it works.
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Quote by CorduroyEW
I have 11's on my Ibanez in standard. I had to drill holes for 2 more spring on the trem but it works.

you had to drill holes???

how many springs did you have before? I thought trems had 5 holes to allow 5 springs - both my fenders have this.
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#18
I dont understand why people are always trying to put on strings as thick as possible. Ok, the actual 'tone' will improve a bit. But bends are harder, and its almost impossible to get your vibrato as good as with 0.009 strings. And, ok, i like tone, but i like a good vibrato and accurate bends more than that tiny bit of increase of tone or increase of sustain.
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#19
Quote by Blompcube
you had to drill holes???

how many springs did you have before? I thought trems had 5 holes to allow 5 springs - both my fenders have this.



It's an edge pro trem and only had 3 springs and 1 hole for each spring. I drilled 2 more holes where they would have been if it were a fender trem.

Quote by LP_CL
I dont understand why people are always trying to put on strings as thick as possible. Ok, the actual 'tone' will improve a bit. But bends are harder, and its almost impossible to get your vibrato as good as with 0.009 strings. And, ok, i like tone, but i like a good vibrato and accurate bends more than that tiny bit of increase of tone or increase of sustain.


I don't do it for the tone. I typically play acoustic and on my main acoustic sounds best with 13's and have learned to be very heavy handed with my strumming hand. Light strings requir a light touch that I just don't have.
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#20
i have always found them a bit tight on a 25.5 scale in standard tuning. i even find them a bit tight on some 24.75 scale guitars in standard tuning too.
#21
i was playing 11-52 on my strat copy, no probs, not a fast setup but good for chords. thing is when i dropped to 9s, bending felt soooooooooo easy.
#22
why not, srv used .14s (although sometimes he would have to put the guitar on the ground and stomp on the neck to get the screws back in place mid-show
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#23
Quote by LP_CL
I dont understand why people are always trying to put on strings as thick as possible. Ok, the actual 'tone' will improve a bit. But bends are harder, and its almost impossible to get your vibrato as good as with 0.009 strings. And, ok, i like tone, but i like a good vibrato and accurate bends more than that tiny bit of increase of tone or increase of sustain.

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Quote by LP_CL
I dont understand why people are always trying to put on strings as thick as possible. Ok, the actual 'tone' will improve a bit. But bends are harder, and its almost impossible to get your vibrato as good as with 0.009 strings. And, ok, i like tone, but i like a good vibrato and accurate bends more than that tiny bit of increase of tone or increase of sustain.


Saying "bigger is better" is wrong. Heavier strings allow you to down tune and not play with loose strings hanging from the neck though. Try getting into CGCFAD with a set of .09's and actually being able to play something.
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#25
I prefer using 10s. No lower, no higher. I dont downtune to any really low tunings such as drop c and drop b that often. 11s work fine for playing in standard though, my brother has 11s on his kramer.
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#26
I think it's all preference. I play 12's in standard just because i like the feel. 9s feel so limp and wobbly.
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Quote by T!AN
11's are fine on that scale in standard, but four month strings are bad in any situation.

unless of course they're elixirs or other coated strings.
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#28
i have 12's and i go from drop d to drop c with ease on my guitar.
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#29
i use 10-52. and it will snap.
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#30
I have two strats with d'addario 11s on them (.011-.049). They work fine, I haven't broken a string in years and never with the d'addarios. I had to add at least one spring to the trem of each strat but it wasn't a big deal. I also tune as low as Drop C on occasion and they hold up pretty well.
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#31
Quote by CorduroyEW
Light strings requir a light touch that I just don't have.


i remember playing someone elses guitar with a lighter gauge than mine. . found it hard to tell whether i was actually fretting strings or not and the first time i tried a bend the damn string nearly flew off the other side of the fret board taking 4 others with it.

light strings - definitely for people far more accurate than myself. need something them to fight back a little to feel what your playing. dont like the metallic brightness of new strings either
#33
and wich is the better caliber If I play
two steps lower(c) tuning and one lower(d) (this one more often) I also play standard tuning
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#34
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i remember playing someone elses guitar with a lighter gauge than mine. . found it hard to tell whether i was actually fretting strings or not and the first time i tried a bend the damn string nearly flew off the other side of the fret board taking 4 others with it.


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