What your string gauge AND action for acoustic??

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by Doug 54, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Lead II Fool

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    On the D28 3/32nds low E, 2/32nds high E 12th fret. I use the Martin tweeners 12.5 to 55. medium lights.
     
  2. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Well, it's to late to edit my initial post.

    I'm basically asking out of curiosity.

    What I have found is alot of folks don't play much above the 10 fret or so,
    triad/chordal etc wise.
    Basically due to their high action.

    I know some of you are bluegrassers and fire that cannon hard, and likewise
    players of similar hard hitting styles, who grip and pick hard where the high action makes sense.

    If you could list you style too with the action, that'd be great!


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    bluegrass.....loud and heavy....high action...working out of basic chords...if you get up in the neck you capo................i thumbpick style..you want the action as low as possible....but as i posted this is a trade off...with the volume and projection on an acoustic
     
  4. Doug 54

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    any mo??



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    Martin Studio Lights (11's) on both GA and Dread N, with a pretty low action, just a little rattle when I dig in
     
  6. Vladimir

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    I have a lower end Takamine and it only sounds good acoustically with 12-53 Elixirs. I've tried other brands with lower gauges but it just didn't work out.

    Now, as far as action is concerned, I use the "default". I'm not sure I could easily change the action on an acoustic as I would on an electric, right?
     
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    I use D'addario 13's on my Larrivee and it has the lowest action of any acoustic I've ever played and I have to pick pretty hard to hear any buzz. Never measured it tho, so my "low" is probably pretty subjective.
     
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    My 30+ year old Larrivee L-09 sounds great with light guage 12-52 set, but putting diet of on a set of mediums up's the game to a whole new level. So, this baby get's a steady diet of 13's. I've been using Dr Ducks PB's latley and like them.

    On the Epiphone AJ45, I use light guage 12's. If my hands are hurting, I'll drop down to 11's. Again Dr Ducks PB's, but on all I generally use what I can find cheeep! Usually around $2 to $3 a set.

    The old Harmony Soverign get's an extra light set of 10's. I like Ernie Ball Earthwoods on this one.
     
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    Martin SP Mediums, action 7/64ths 12 fret fat e string....
     
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    Martin SP+ lights. I like a very low action, probably because I play electric so much.
     
  11. Teletubbi

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    "The old Harmony Sovereign get's an extra light set of 10's"
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    ditto, my old Harmony seems to thrive on new sets or old electric takeoffs
    a questionable neck joint repair in 1970 encourages use of light strings
    it still booms and sings
    oh but that I should have aged as well...
     
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    Light and low, almost too low to play slide. I need to be able to fingerpick and strum on the same guitars, my song and tune arrangements often dictate this. I usually have one flattop a little higher for slide when needed. My primary acoustic is the jack of all trades.
     
  13. Doug 54

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    Any mo for my scientific data, datum, datae??




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    Only 13 to 56 mediums on my dreads- D'addario EJ-22 nickels or 85/15 GHS vintage bronze. On the 000 I use either of the above or bluegrass gauge 80/20's. I like the action around 3/32" to 7/64" at low E and relief as little as it'll go without buzzing, around .003-.005.
     
  15. Doug 54

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    Tommy Emmanuel's action goes from 1.0-1.5 mm, low!!

    That way he can play all over the neck (as one should be able to!)
    His fine acoustic amplification hlelps make up for the low action.
    He uses 12's and sometimes 13.

    And his styles and dynamics are all over the map!

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  16. Doug 54

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    Come on guys & gals!

    This truly does interest me, in that I believe to play all over the neck beyond single note stuff,
    you probably need a slghtly lower action than thought of on an acoustic.

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    I play all kinds of older music (folk/blues/bluegrass/classic country/some jazz) on a Martin dread- I play as high as I can up the neck, single notes and partial chords- no cutaway (just think most guitars look nicer w/o), no problem! I play 50-50 electric v. acoustic, but learned how to play (in the '70's!) on an acoustic.

    I don't know my action measurement, but I'd say it is medium/low and the strings are very evenly parallel (don't rise) along their entire length. I use 12-54 John Pearse or GHS Phosphor bronze strings (Elixir Nano PBs when I want a very long-lasting string, but the wound strings can be slippery, prefer a little friction from trad strings...) These strings IMO, have great tone/volume, long-lasting, and hold their tuning. Also just seem to offer me just the right feel (tension vs.give) in terms of picking/fretting/bending
     
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    My Tak is set at roughly 2.5mm (3/32) at 12. Slightly high but as I play all sorts and dabble with slide it works. Mostly fingerstyle. Also been using 11's Dad Custom Lights forever but am currently experimenting with silk n bronze strings to give a softer tension and more mellow (even) tone. Thomastiks are lovely but dear, GHS currently, nice so far, Earthwood meh, Pearse to try next.

    Kristina
     
  19. YoGeorge

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    12-53 D'Addarios usually, although I will play around with different string brands a bit.

    I do use 11's on my '70 00-28 because I like to treat it a bit more gently.

    Action is "2-1/2, 3-1/2" (which is 5/64 high E and 7/64 low E at the 12th fret).

    George
     
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    12's on my Sigma dread, 1.5mm treble - 2mm bass @ 12th fret, not much relief.
     
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