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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:02 pm    Post subject: Which string gauge on a Mustang? Reply with quote

Saw this question on the Fender site. Since I'll be getting my Mustang set up and restrung tomorrow and I feel you guys are most knowledgable when it comes to shortscales, I'd like to ask my question here. I'm not a regular poster (although my Mustang thanks its current looks thanks to a picturepost on this forum months ago), but I hope to become a regular as I get more proficient playing the electric guitar. I have the exact same problems as the original poster. Also, the current strings bend so easily that I sometimes bend the high or low e off the fretboard by accident. Not a good sound.

Hello!

I was wondering what string gauge would be ideal for a shortscale Fender Mustang. I currently have them equipped with .09. However, I notice especially when I hit the low-e string pretty hard or have it fretted beyond the 12th string, that the strings start hitting the frets, creating buzz.

So I thought of perhaps going up a gauge or two. Which would you recommend? I was thinking 0.11's myself. Would that alleviate the problem? Or would I be better off with 10s and a setup? Of course, I may need to raise the action somewhat too. The current strings are rather flabby and have little tension, so that may add to the 'problem' (only when I hit the strings hard though).



Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use 11's and have the action fairly high. It feels much better than with the previous 9s. I need higher action due to a few high frets.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use 11's ..... but I use 11's on all my guitars so it's not particular thing for my mustang.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use 10's on my Jag-Stang,
used to use 11's on my Mustang
and use these on my Jaguar:



The EXL116's are my favourite.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have 11s.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thom wrote:

The EXL116's are my favourite.


I've been using these on all of my guitars lately. Both shortscales and full scales
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thom wrote:
I use 10's on my Jag-Stang,
used to use 11's on my Mustang
and use these on my Jaguar:



The EXL116's are my favourite.


I currently have these on my CV Duo Sonic and Squier Jagmaster Custom. I will eventually put them on my Jaguar when the flatwounds that came on her need to be changed out. I do like the flatwounds that are on it though.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

13s Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now I use 11s, but I tend to switch to 13s, because i always kill the high e string :/
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everybody! Went for 10s in the end. Store guy promised me that would suffice with his setup. Good to see that .09s are generally a no-no.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the 13 users, you guys tune down or keep it standard?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using 10s on pretty much everything, but may try 11's on the Duo Sonic just to see how they feel.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BartMan wrote:
For the 13 users, you guys tune down or keep it standard?


I use 13s and then teun UP half a step, I also use my massive dong as my guitar pic.

(Seriously, I use 11s for everything and use a variety of different tunings)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pumpkin wrote:
BartMan wrote:
For the 13 users, you guys tune down or keep it standard?


I use 13s and then teun UP half a step, I also use my massive dong as my guitar pic.



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use skinny top heavy bottoms.

.10-.52
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

endsjustifymeans wrote:
I use skinny top heavy bottoms.

.10-.52


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

endsjustifymeans wrote:
I use skinny top heavy bottoms.

.10-.52

this is what I think I'll be doing next time I string the 'stang. it'll be virtually the same tension as .11s and it'll give it a bit of needed low end umph.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pumpkin wrote:
BartMan wrote:
For the 13 users, you guys tune down or keep it standard?


I use 13s and then teun UP half a step, I also use my massive dong as my guitar pic.

(Seriously, I use 11s for everything and use a variety of different tunings)




im guessing this was just a cut at me?


.13's on my duo sonic and I tune up half a step to F on it
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm sure the tension is insane on that right rob?
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