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    11s on a Strat?

    My friend has a clone Strat, and I was wondering if his Strat could hold the same 11s I use on my SG? Ernie Balls, of course, just wondering if the slimmer neck of a Strat can even hold the tension

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    Re: 11s on a Strat?

    if i'm not mistaken the original strat necks were designed for 12s. They are plenty strong for 11s.
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    Re: 11s on a Strat?

    Robin Trower uses 12s. He tunes down either a half or a whole step to get the bends he likes. I've heard it said that Hendrix also used 12s. I have 11s on one of my Strats with no issue.
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    Re: 11s on a Strat?

    I found this info on the web that SRV used gauges from 11s to 17s but mostly used 13s.
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    Re: 11s on a Strat?

    Won’t be a problem, but with the slightly higher tension, he would probably need to tighten the trussrod a little to compensate. Also, if the guitar has got tremolo, the spring claw will need adjustement to get the tremolo to sit where it is with slinkier strings.

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    Re: 11s on a Strat?

    If it's a clone I can't say anything about its neck and bridge, but a Fender can certainly take most any gauge of strings. Strats and Teles are actually tougher than SGs in many aspects. Those are real AK47s.

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    Re: 11s on a Strat?

    3 words: Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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    Re: 11s on a Strat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sérgio View Post
    If it's a clone I can't say anything about its neck and bridge, but a Fender can certainly take most any gauge of strings. Strats and Teles are actually tougher than SGs in many aspects. Those are real AK47s.

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    Re: 11s on a Strat?

    Quote Originally Posted by DanTheBluesMan View Post
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    hahaha I love that line too.

    Added fun: If you say that in a Fender related forum, Tele guys will tell you that the Strat is more of an M-16, the AK47 being the Tele.

    If you post that line in a Gibson oriented forum, most will claim that a Lester or an SG is sturdier, this deserving the AK47 status... and the debate will go on until someone brings up the neck and headstock breakage rates.

    As a Rickenbacker owner, of course I will address the "thicker strings and 12 string sets will make your R tailpiece explode sooner or later" issue, so...

    Of course, that whole mess takes place before the faint-hearted crowd chimes in, stating that guitars shouldn't be compared to such evil artifacts in any possible way. Well, gold rings on them, no problem...

    Anyway, in the end Fenders seem to be the most enduring, torture test winning and idiot-proof guitars around... If there's AK47 guitars, those are the Fenders.

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    Re: 11s on a Strat?

    I'm inclined to go along with that. If you want pin point accuracy, go Gibson, if you want durability in the field, go Fender.
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