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Re: Elixir strings--nanoweb vs. polyweb?
12/6/2003 2:09 PM
Keridwen Moonshadow (739) wrote:
If I'm understanding correctly, it sounds like the terms "light," "medium," etc. may be applied to different gauges for electric guitars than for acoustic. Is that what you're saying, John? I know zip about electric guitar strings because I only play acoustic at this point.
According to the Elixir site, the gauges they sell for 6 strings acoustic guitars are as follows:
Extra Light - 010 014 023w 030w 039w 047w
Custom light - 011 015 022w 032w 042w 052w
Light - 012 016 024w 032w 042w 053w
Light medium - 012 016 024w 035w 045w 056w
Medium - 013 017 026w 035w 045w 056w
So far, my Big Baby has never had anything other than Elixir Lights (012 - 053w). on it. According to the Taylor site, that is what they put on the Big Babys in the factory. They post very thorough information on their website describing what strings they put on their guitars, including the specific gauges they use on each model. When it was time to change the strings on my Big Baby for the first time, I went to the site and wrote down the exact gauges they listed for the Big Baby, then I made sure I bought the same exact thing. I didn't want to take a chance on putting something on the guitar that wasn't right for it, and I knew I didn't have the knowledge at that point to make that judgment myself. I figured using the same exact strings that the guitar came with would be the safest way to go!
I am now thinking I might like to try either the Extra Lights or the Custom Lights. Am I correct in assuming that there's no danger in putting lighter gauge strings on the guitar than what it came with? (I know heavier ones would be a non-no, and I'm not interested in that anyway.) I've been reading that lighter gauge strings can make for easier playing, and I think I'd like to try that.