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 Post Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:21 am 
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Hi,

I just bought a 2003 330/6 fireglo. I am an beginner/intermediate player and I don't know much about strings. My other guitar is a Gibson and has .09 - 46 Gauge strings which I like. Any anyone recommend me strings for my RIC?
Thank you in advance for any information.


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 Post subject: Re: Strings help
 Post Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:49 am 
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if you like the .009 to .046 gage, stick with it. Whatever gets you through the night, is alright. Any difference between the plain strings is negligible. Between the Wound strings you have Flat Wound and Round Wound. Try both and see which type you like best.


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 Post subject: Re: Strings help
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:46 pm 
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Since a Rickenbacker 330 has a trapeze tailpiece and less break angle over the bridge than does a Gibson with its stop tailpiece (as commonly adjusted, meaning screwed almost all the way down) (and even though they are essentially the same scale), there is a little less downforce over the bridge. This can cause buzzes and strings jumping out of the bridge slots if you bend the strings heavily, or at worst, the bridge dislodging.

Yes, start with 9's, if that is what you are used to. Then after a few months of getting used to the feel of the 330, try 10's, and then after a few more months try 11's. You will get more tone and sustain as you go up in gauge. If after that you decide to backpedal to 10's, fine. Everyone has his/her own feel.

BTW - Gibson OEM strings from the factory are 10's.

If this sounds heavy, remember until the mid-60's the standard strings for both acoustics and electrics were 12's or 13's. That is where the modern 10's set with a plain 3rd comes from: buy a 13's set, a banjo D string which is .010, and throw away the .56 low E string. Viola! the result is the 10-46 set that we are all used to.


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