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strung up 175

Post: # 1915Post guilddigger
Thu Nov 14, 2002 10:10 am

<font face='Comic Sans MS'>there's something peculiar, or at least different, about how steve strings his gibson 175. what?
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Post: # 34262Post Dr_Yes
Thu Nov 14, 2002 6:25 pm

I seem to recall that the top two strings (B,E) are both strung with 12s, rather than the usual 10,12 or 11,13 type arrangement - is that what you're looking at? Always thought that was a strange way to string a guitar as it must make bending very tough, but then Howe loves to keep the tone uniform by not using box scales so much so I suppose this helps with that goal. Plus, he's got hands like shovels so it's only mere mortals that can't bend them easily.

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Post: # 34271Post guilddigger
Thu Nov 14, 2002 8:44 pm

<font face='Comic Sans MS'>spot on doc, and welcome back!
yes, he does indeed have .012s on the first two strings, e and b.
this actually to make the b string easier to bend. on a normal .012 set, the b-string would be a .016, which is a bit heavier to bend. believe me, i use .013s on my acoustic! this way, his b-string will be looser actually.

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Post: # 34274Post Dr_Yes
Thu Nov 14, 2002 9:07 pm

Thanks Guild,

I see - I was thinking of a 10 gauge set (10 - 46) rather than the fact that the b string would be lighter. Makes a lot more sense!!!

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