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Discussion in 'B-Bender Forum' started by Unpossible, Aug 6, 2017.
any thoughts on string gauges when using Bender guitars?
No experience with skinny strings
I like DAddarrio NYXL 11-56.
They sound great, stay in tune well, and last about twice as long as regular XLs.
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The bender allows me to use a slightly heavier b than I otherwise would. 10-12-15-24-32-42.
I would say just use what you would use on your non-bender guitar. I've always used .009" - .046" strings on all my tele style guitars. That would be .011" for the B string. It's just personal preference.
By far the most common use on the 2nd string of a bender guitar is a .011... A set of 8's or 9" both use an 11 while a set of 10's uses a .013.... I think that any one using an 11 on the first string is a caveman for sure..... JH in Va.
"Bender guitar" is irrelevant. Whatever gages feel/sound best to you.
I'll just have to experiment.
[QUOTE="Silverface, "Bender guitar" is irrelevant. Whatever gauges feel/sound best to you.[/QUOTE]
I use a gauge thicker b string on non-bender guitars.
Ok, I'll bite - why? If the bender has adjustable tension it seems kind of counter-intuitive to me.
I erred. I meant that on the rare occasions I use a non bender guitar, the b string is a gauge thinner than the bender guitar because I would have to bend it manually.
But then the reason I have middle pickups on the benders is so I can get the strat pickup combinations and not need another guitar.
I've never gotten that to work on a Tele - the stock pickups are in the wrong place compared to a Strat and the harmonics are in the wrong place to get that Strat "quack". OTOH my G&L Will Ray (with 3 Z pickups) does it perfectly - it has the right pickup positioning.
The string gage thing makes sense now!
I don't remember who did the first pickup install in 1992; putting strat pickups in the neck and middle, but they did it right. It was either Westwood or Carruthers.
However I've not found anyone who could do the Jerry Donahue setup for me properly.
I put 11s on mine, and am considering 12s. But I play pretty hard with a thumbpick, and prefer the heavier strings regardless. So I think I'm agreeing with Silverface -- you don't have to go lighter or heavier with a bender, so may as well start with what you already like and see if it still works for you.