String gauge

ClarkyZeppelin

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Heya!


As I'm buying my first R7 Black Beauty I would need to know how does their neck like/dislike heavy string gauges?
I'm used to and using 12-62 NYXL on my six strings (will add the tuning I'm using later when I get home) but I wouldn't want to ruin my new beauty. Is this way too heavy for the Les Paul or not really and I shouldn't overthink it? If it's bad for the guitar then what would be the highest safe gauges to use?



Would be glad to learn from your experiences.
 
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Tobaccoburst83

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Just adjust the trussrod and file the nut slots and bridge saddles to avoid intonation- and tuning issues.
You could even string it with 13s...
 

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I'd say if you're using standard pitch tuning you may need a slight adjustment on the truss rod, but if you're djenting, then probably no.
 

VictorB

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12s will work just fine. I’ve been using 11s for years with no issues.

I was in a band that tuned to Eb and I switched to 12s for awhile to compensate. (Until I convinced them to tune to E, lol)
 

ClarkyZeppelin

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Yeah I'm going to let the custom shop set it all up but was just wondering if I should even put such heavy gauges on.

My tuning I use most:
C#/F#/B/E/Ab/C#


Thanks for the info!
 

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Yes, unless you don't have these special tools to set up the saddles and nut slots you should bring the guitar to a luthier nearby.
You will almost certainly need to widen at least the last few nut slots to fit a gauge that goes up to .062. As for stability, I think you'll be fine, especially if you're tuning down that far. Somebody (maybe TI?) had a nifty string tension calculator you could plug in gauges and pitches and see where you are -- I'm betting those strings will be fine at that pitch.
 


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