Guitar set up question

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  1. kolbyt85

    kolbyt85 Supporting Member

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    Just got a prs with trem. Played absolutely amazing with nines. I put earnie ball .10 slinky on it and the feel real tight almost like .11's. Anyone know how I can get it back to playing like it did with .9's??? It has a trem and I don't know if I should loosen or tighten it?
    I think the .10's will just add a lot of tone or I would just put .9's bak on her. As all pr ce guitars it has a double truss rod. I don't know if that would change the feel either. I just want them to feel more "slinky"
     
  2. Dale

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    My experience is the .10's will not feel like .09's. They will great - but like .10's.
     
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    I don't think the 10s will add a lot of tone. My $0.02 is put the 9s back on.

    FWIW, I run 9s on my Tele and Strat and 9.5s on my PRS (which came from the factory with 11s). Nothing at all wrong with light strings.
     
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    play it for a few weeks, your hands will get used to it.

    or you know, switch back to the 9s...
     
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    I'd go back to 9's if you prefer how they feel. The 10's will have a bit more tension, which explains the 'less slinky' feel. When I started playing electric I used 9's but broke them too often. I eventually made my way to 11's because they were a bit easier to play slide on, but they were to difficult to bend. Now I'm back at 10's which feel just right to me.
     
  6. walterw

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    did you tighten the spring claw in the back so that the trem floated at the same angle as before?

    if not, your bridge is pulled up more than it was, raising your action.

    fix that and make sure your neck is properly straight, and it will play nicely with the 10s. (it won't feel like 9s, though.)
     
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    Great! I'll do that today !!!!
     
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    Tightened the bridge screws and Magic!!! Plays great again. I love the sound of the 10s. Thanks for the help really!!
     
  9. walterw

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    you mean the two big screws in the back, right?

    you do not want to mess with the 6 bridge screws across the front of the trem!
     
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    Lot of guys, techs, etc. rant about thicker gauges sounding better.. but I concluded that some guitars just prefer 9s. On standard Strats, Teles, 10s feel and sound nice..

    But EBMM guitars for example, I've always preferred 9s. The necks are "overbuilt" you can say, they have thin grip, and just feel and even sound better with 9s, even when I'd tune down to Eb or D with 10s or 11s.

    Have limited experience with PRS aside from borrowing some my students' models, but unless you're playing in Eb, I'd just go with the 9s if you play lot of lead guitar.
     
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    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    yeah, beck, page, clapton, hendrix and even may all sounded terrible with their 8s and 9s!

    (that said, i can't play 'em; on 9s, i can play faster and trickier, but everything i do sounds like noodly crap.)
     
  12. kolbyt85

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    Yes i meant the two screws on the back! and I think i am going to switch back to .9's for a gig or two just to see... I have always played .10's on my prs hollow, strat, and sg i have owned... but .10's on this prs ce feel just really heavy for some reason.. i might just take to a tech if i want to try tens again
     
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    I've often wondered why some guitars feel stiffer then others. The PRS should feel slinkier then a strat since the scale length is shorter. It could boil down to the ammount of "give" the instrument has. The tension and ammount of springs on the bridge, the slight movement of the neck when bending strings. Stuff like that.

    The your PRS neck is super stable I can see why it would feel stiff...
     

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