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 Post subject: String gauge talk for a 325
 Post Posted: Tue May 26, 2009 1:02 am 
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Hey,

After a while of being in hiatus due to us being dotted about the country for a year, my band are finlly getting a gig together again. So I'm now going to put new strings on my 325 for the occasion. Question is, I use the tetrahedron flatwounds, 13-52, but I have also seen a 13-56 gauge too, and was thinking about trying those out. Has Anyone tried both gauges to hear if there are any differences at all? Will you get a bit more sound out the bottom end with the thicker gauge?

gig is a month away so I have a while before I have to buy them!


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 Post subject: Re: String gauge talk for a 325
 Post Posted: Tue May 26, 2009 4:12 am 
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Hey, After a while of being in hiatus due to us being dotted about the country for a year, my band are finlly getting a gig together again. So I'm now going to put new strings on my 325 for the occasion. Question is, I use the tetrahedron flatwounds, 13-52, but I have also seen a 13-56 gauge too, and was thinking about trying those out. Has Anyone tried both gauges to hear if there are any differences at all? Will you get a bit more sound out the bottom end with the thicker gauge? gig is a month away so I have a while before I have to buy them!



Well, I haven't tried both gauges but have used (roundwound) 13 - 52 strings on my 325 for twenty years or so and have been totally satisfied with them.


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 Post subject: Re: String gauge talk for a 325
 Post Posted: Tue May 26, 2009 4:21 am 
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I use the stock Rickenbacker 012-054 roundwound strings, love them and prefer them to flatwounds.

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 Post subject: Re: String gauge talk for a 325
 Post Posted: Tue May 26, 2009 5:07 pm 
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I have a set of 10-46 Ernie Ball roundwounds on my V59/325. It stays in tune and I can use the Bigsby!


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 Post subject: Re: String gauge talk for a 325
 Post Posted: Tue May 26, 2009 5:36 pm 
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I also use the stock Rickenbacker 12-54 strings. I do also like the flatwounds. When I use them, I use the D'Addario Chromes. Since they are a bit heavier, I use the 11's and replace the high E string with a 12. The gauge is then very similar to the stock Rickenbacker strings.

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 Post subject: Re: String gauge talk for a 325
 Post Posted: Tue May 26, 2009 11:29 pm 
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And now for something completely different:

String it up with 9 - 11 1/2 - 17w - 22w - 30w - 40w
(Yes, D'Addario makes both the 11 1/2 and the 17w)

and tune everything up 4 frets: G#-D#-B-F#-C#-G#

It gives a great Terz guitar flavor you can't get any other way: not 12-string capo'd, not regular guitar capo'd, not mandolin. Just a great different tonality that can be used in a variety of places where a regular guitar just isn't quite right for the "mix."

And with the light strings pulled up, the tension is about the same as a standard 12's set, and by using the 17w for the third you don't have to reintonate the bridge.


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 Post subject: Re: String gauge talk for a 325
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sorry, double post. See the next one


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 Post subject: Re: String gauge talk for a 325
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:43 pm 
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I have a set of 10-46 Ernie Ball roundwounds on my V59/325. It stays in tune and I can use the Bigsby!


How does it happen? I had .10s on 325v59 when I bought it in 1999 and I couldn't intonate it correctly until I found out in 2001 that I have to use .12s


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