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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by guitarist232345, Sep 25, 2020.
Typically my Teles have a 11-49 set, plain G string.
Typically my Esquires have a 12-52 set, plain G string.
I tend towards a different sort of playability and sound, on the Esquires.
The usual D'Addario EXLs, on both.
I don't know if it was the beginnings of arthritis or something else, but I did find that having a guitar with a fat neck to play as a change from a thinner neck helped me. I would sometimes get a problem with my little finger on my left hand and a pain down the side of my hand, such that I had to stop playing for a few days to let it recover. I bought a 'Fat 51 U' neck for my project Esquire as a try out and found I really liked it, but also that the change from the much slimmer neck on my Strat or Tele (and different radii too FWIW) helped if the pain started to come on. A change really was as good as a rest.
More related to this thread; For some reason I seem to prefer 10s on my Esquire compared to 9.5-44 on my Strat and Tele. Maybe it's the 9.5" radius/fatter neck, but the action is really low without buzzing and I seem to get on with it better having 10s. Not sure I could go any heavier on it, though I have 11s on my Jaguar, but it's a shorter scale.
D'Addario 9-42 anything heavier seems to choke the guitar.
If I had an esquire it would be strung with Ernie Ball 9s