Tele Vintage Frets with 11 to 52s?

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  1. TeleFunk Man

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    Anyone using 11s on their Tele with vintage-style (short) frets, bridge/saddles...any issues?
     
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    In the '50s, when "vintage" frets were new frets, Fender guitars came with 12s.
     
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    Thanks for the info, I thought (not sure why) in the 50s Fenders came with 9s or light gauge strings...
     
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    Oh my no, such things did not even exist. :)

    If you wanted a light gauge set of strings, what you had to do was buy a regular set of 12s and a .009 or .010 banjo string. You'd put the banjo string on the high E, then put the .012 on as a B string, the .016 for G, .024 D, .032 A, .042 E, and throw away the .052.

    Guitar string sets with .010 on top didn't appear on the market 'til the mid-1960s, and guitars didn't come with them fitted from the factory until sometime in the 1970s.
     
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    11s are light on an old-style Tele.

    My #1, a 2002 Custom Shop Esquire, has 11-52s on an old-style bridge and frets. Has been kept that way (by me) for about 16 years now

    They are my go-to strings, though I do have 10s on several of my Fenders these days. I will not go below 11s on a Gibson or Jaguar/Mustang/Duo-Sonic, though. Too rubbery/rattly of a feel for me.
     
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    I have 10 to 46 on my American Standard Teles, but a recent purchase of a Blue Flower Tele which has vintage-style frets and am looking to instal heavier gauge strings for more bass tone. Pickups are Bareknuckle Flat 50s...
     
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    I use .11 on a 68 tele - Ernie Ball Power Slinky purple pack usually.

    Originally the guitar came from the factory with a wound G, probably a .12 set of strings and as mentioned above many of us used banjo strings on top in the days before all these choices.
     
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    I used 13 flatwounds on everything electric in the 60s and 70s. Should never be any problems.

    Today I use 16-56 on my Open G tele.
     
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