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Does String Gauge Affect The Action?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by effcee, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. effcee

    effcee Tele-Meister

    432
    Feb 10, 2010
    florida, tpa
    Just wondering, since I'm about to go down from 10s to 9s, does the gauge of the strings affect the action?

    Logic seems to tell me that '1/16" above the 17th fret' is still '1/16" above the 17th fret', no matter how you slice it. But seemingly clear thinking has gotten me into a pickle before, hence my query! :lol:

    Thanks, folks! :D
     
  2. mellecaster

    mellecaster Former Member

    Depending on the Guitar, you may need to add a touch of relief to the neck, and tweak the intonation for the lighter gauge strings...but your saddle height can remain the same.
     
  3. BelairPlayer

    BelairPlayer Tele-Holic

    799
    Jun 22, 2010
    Ca
    Yes. Smaller string gauge = less tension = changed neck relief = changed action. Probably will lower and buzz. Ymmv.
     
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  5. yangounet

    yangounet Friend of Leo's

    Jan 29, 2011
    Lyon france
    of course. it'll change action. you'll have to check your neck.
     
  6. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied

    Mar 2, 2003
    Bakersfield Ca.
    It all depends on the guitar.

    Some dont change much others do it all depends on how stable your neck is.

    You can usually go from 9's to 10's without many adjustments or from 10's down to 9's bur if you go 2 sizes up or down you will most surely have to do a minor setup like from 9's to 11's or from 10's up to 12's.
     
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