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TheProfessor
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Sep 19th, 2019 08:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm looking to find the lightest gauge acoustic string set I can find for a terz guitar (i.e., a small parlor guitar that's tuned up three steps to G).

The best I'm able to seem to find are DR Zebras, which are .009-42, but are designed for electric-acoustics with alternating nickle windings.

Anybody got something similar or even smaller gauge in traditional phosphor bronze?



Te 52

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Sep 19th, 2019 10:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

If the guitar has the typical terz scale length of around 21 inches, there should be no need to use an extra light set. A regular acoustic guitar set at normal tension will sound a minor third higher just because of the short scale. If you use an ultra-light set, it's just going to feel loose and sloppy.

Think of a terz as just being like a regular guitar with a capo permanently installed at the third fret.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 12:08 AM, Sep 20th, 2019)

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Sep 20th, 2019 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Te 52 nails it; if you're going to be tuning up a third, using a set with a 10 (or maybe 9; I'd stick with 10) on the high E string should give you decent feel and volume.

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Sep 20th, 2019 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Indeed, that would be right, but I'm trying to use a lighter gauge to see if I can put off a likely neck reset by reducing the tension as much as possible.

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Sep 20th, 2019 03:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ohhh...makes sense.

Buy a set or three of D'Addario EJ15 phosphor bronze strings (these have a .010" high E), and also pick up a multi-pack of .007" high E strings.

Use the A string from the D'addario set as your low E, and continue down to the .007 for the high E.

Save that low E from the set for your other guitars.

I've done this in the past and gotten great results.

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Sep 20th, 2019 04:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, Peegoo.

I’d considered that but then I’d lose the wound G string.

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Sep 21st, 2019 05:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

Oh, gotcha.

The D'Addario super-light set I mentioned above uses a wrapped G that measures .023".

JustStrings sells a .018" phosphor bronze wrapped string (see link below).

Give them a call; rather than buy bulk packs of 10 of the same string size, they can make you up a custom-gauge set. Give them the specs you'd like (e.g., 7p, 10p, 18w, 23w, 30w, 38w) and they'll hook you up.

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Sep 21st, 2019 12:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Any time I've had to go that low on gauges I went with electric guitar strings. Probably not the best answer but you can get down a lot lower in gauges than trying to find acoustic string sets that would help.Billy Gibbons touts his his brand that start with a 7 gauge.

As far as the composition of the strings I can't say Ive ever noticed much difference but then then again I'm blessed with a tin ear..

The short scale should help with tension but then again you are tuning up.

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Sep 21st, 2019 07:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the legwork, Peegoo!

I was hoping that there was something I could get off the shelf, but the wound 18 should work. I'll give it a try next time I hit Elderly.

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Sep 22nd, 2019 05:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cheers, Prof!

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