will i have to do anything drastic in setup if i go from 10's to 9's

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  1. still.ill

    still.ill Member

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    specifically, ghs 10's to d'addario 9's on a 25.5 schecter c-1 blackjack

    like i can adjust intonation myself but i really dont want to touch truss rod
    most guys say the gauge difference isn't that big to make that much of a difference set up wise
    but one guy said i should tweak the truss rod....
     
  2. bluesrules

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    You might be alright without having to adjust the truss-rod. It depends on how perfect the setup is even before you change strings. But if the new strings cause fret buzz, time to lossen the rod. Just do it in 1/4 increments and let it settle for a day before you adjust it again. It takes time to do it right and its not a hard chore.

    Or try DR Blues .010's they feel thin compared to other .010's. I just put some on a Tele and it's almost too easy to bend strings!
     
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    yeah i read in reviews that Dr pure blues feel like 9's... but how is that possible
     
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    Moving from 10's to 9's is usually never a problem for me setup-wise. The only time it may cause a slight problem is with a floating bridge but a slight adjustment on that usually does the trick. I usually stick with 10's though.
     
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    Another possibility is that the smaller strings will sit lower in the nut slot, so the open strings might have a tiny buzz. If that's the case you might need to raise the nut a little with a shim, or make a new one, or .... loosen the truss rod a little.

    All necks are different, there's really no way to predict how your particular neck is going to react. If the truss rod needs to be loosened a little, no problem: it's easy to do, and you'll only have to loosen it like 1/4 turn at the most.

    In other words, don't worry about it. Change the strings, and if it needs any truss rod adjusting, just do it - no big deal, it'll work fine.

    Good luck, Dana O.
     
  6. alvagoldbook

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    I adjust the intonation on my guitar every time I change the strings. I typically wait about a week after they're on before I do it.
     
  7. bluesrules

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    I'm not sure how. Maybe they have a lower tension when tuned up to pitch when compared to other manufacters strings. Making them easier to bend.

    I love Gibson Vintage Reissue .010 on tele's cuz of sound and they "feel" bigger. I need more meat on a string while bending, it's just a personal thing.
     
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    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    Must not play many gigs then...
     

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