strings

#1zemaPosted 4/14/2012 9:26:09 PM
Well i figured buying strings would be simple..nope..so i have the epiphone jr model that comes with the game. I am having issues with the first string (red) game does not like to read the 2nd fret when i try to play it. So i figured i could restring it since this guitar still has the factory strings. However i go here.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ernie-Ball-Nickel-Plain-Single-Guitar-String-120700-i1124116.gc?esid=ernie+ball+nickel+plain+strings&fb_source=message

And in the pull down menu i get options for 0.08 to 0.024, does this matter? I could google this but to be honest i think i would still screw this up so, help please.
#2Matman3030Posted 4/15/2012 10:47:27 AM
You can pick what gauge string you use. If you play a lot of metal or really strum hard on your chords pick a heavier gauge strings. If you play a lot of bluesy lead licks and pentatonic scales where you like to bend the strings a lot go with a lighter string.

The gauge of the string also slightly affects the tone.

Light = brighter tinny

Heavy = mellow - darker

If you are a beginner light strings might be a little easier on the fingers as well.
#3bigalthesixthPosted 4/17/2012 3:14:04 AM
I'd go with a set that runs from .09-.42 or from .10-.46.

Those are standard gauges and they'll be good for you.
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#4Sith JediPosted 4/17/2012 9:35:17 AM
Changing strings will not fix your problem.
#5Cush1978Posted 4/17/2012 7:33:11 PM
Yeah, it won't fix the problem. Sounds like you'll need to take it to a local guitar shop and have it "set up"; neck/fret adjustment, intonation, etc.

Either that or you're pressing too hard on the fret, causing the note to pitch up.

If you are changing the strings, I second the .009 to .010 size recommendation.
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#6wallball5Posted 4/18/2012 5:29:21 AM
A friend of mine used to fix problems like that by sanding down the frets. Of course, he was a regular guitar player and I only pick up a guitar like once a year.
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#7Xerosnake90Posted 4/18/2012 11:50:33 PM
I recommend .09s if you're a beginner. Even I like to use .09s after using .10s for a while, and I just switched to d tuning. The thicker strings help for being d tuned though still, bigger strings don't feel as comfortable.
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#8NasteemanPosted 4/23/2012 7:37:37 AM
wallball5 posted...
A friend of mine used to fix problems like that by sanding down the frets. Of course, he was a regular guitar player and I only pick up a guitar like once a year.

That is NOT a good idea, unless you are an experienced guiitar tech. Fret work is NOT a solution here, and is best left to the experts anyway.