Strings

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by stevekolt, Dec 8, 2019.

  1. stevekolt

    stevekolt Electromatic

    46
    Dec 1, 2019
    West by God Virginia
    What gauge strings would a 5622T ship with?
     
  2. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
    70
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
  3. new6659

    new6659 Synchromatic

    891
    Dec 10, 2018
    Southwestern Ontario
    10-46 is most likely
     
  4. stevekolt

    stevekolt Electromatic

    46
    Dec 1, 2019
    West by God Virginia
    I've been playing Elixir .09-.42 strings for a long time. Since this is my first Gretsch, and first Bigsby, would my normal set work OK with the Bigsby? Taking it in for a setup and possible nut work, and just want to get it right...
     
  5. stevekolt

    stevekolt Electromatic

    46
    Dec 1, 2019
    West by God Virginia
    Or do I need to "man up" and stick with a set of 10's...:confused:
     
  6. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    72
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    What scale is your other guitar? My 25.5" scale Fenders have 9-42 gauge, my 24.6" scale Gretsch have 10-46 to have the same feel.
     
  7. stevekolt

    stevekolt Electromatic

    46
    Dec 1, 2019
    West by God Virginia
    One PRS is 24.5", the other is 25". My Custom Shop ES-339 is 24.75", as is my Tele with a Warmoth Conversion neck. My Strat is 25.5". I have Elixir 09-42 on all of them...
     
  8. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    72
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Do the strings on the PRS and the 339 feel a bit "floppy" compared to the Strat?
     
  9. stevekolt

    stevekolt Electromatic

    46
    Dec 1, 2019
    West by God Virginia
    Not floppy, more...relaxed?
     
  10. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    72
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    It should be easier to bend strings on the shorter scale guitars.
     
  11. slickfaster

    slickfaster Gretschie

    315
    Dec 29, 2009
    Redondo bch.
    Maybe 11’s. I Learned the obvious here...
    “ string are cheep, experiment..”
    I think 9s on a shorter scale acoustic/electric wouldn’t provide enough tension or good volume for lower output pups.. 11’s on my longer scale Country Club were too stiff for my practices and 10s were a close 2nd but on my shorter 6120 the 10’s are awesome.
    I believe my 6120 shipped originally with 11’s..
    Keep score n post your findings!!
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2019
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  12. dmunson

    dmunson Gretschie

    244
    Dec 19, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    Mine came with 10's, brand unknown. I replaced those with D'Addario Pure Nickle 10's and the guitar came alive.
     
  13. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz

    You can go hybrid with a 9-46’s, they are thinner on top. I use the DR Pure Blues versions on my Fenders. I stick with 10-46’s on everything else.
     
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  14. LongJohn

    LongJohn Gretschie

    464
    Apr 22, 2016
    Queens, NY
    11s on the Jazzmaster ( Surf mostly) and 10s on the 6120 (more civilized) :cool:
     
  15. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa

    Yep, even though my 6120-59, 6122-58, and Phoenix shipped with 11's, I've experimented and I'm glad that I did.

    Right now, 10's are on all of them, and feel perfect on the short scales.

    I've bounced back and forth between 10's and 11's, so I'm not saying that I'll never go 11's again, just not at this point in time.

    Heck, my version of a NGD anymore is changing gages, and tweeking the truss rod.

    I've either got a keeper, or time to get rid (of that set of strings.) Lol

    Cheap way to get a good git better, or not.
     
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