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post Sep 28 2008, 08:15 AM
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I want to go with heavier strings on my parker nitefly and curious with all the parker players here what they have on there's. With them being so light I am a bit weary about putting anything more than 10's on.

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post Sep 28 2008, 08:25 AM
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You can alwyas go for a hybrid set of strings. There are sets (like the ''Heavy Bottom'' series by Ernie Ball) that feature the e,a and d (low strings) of a thicker set and the high strings of a one size smaller set. For Example the 10-52 set: the three high strings come from a standard 10size set, the three bottom strings are from an 11 set (great set for Drop D tuning). Or a 9-46 set would be a good hybrid set if you enjoy the easy bends of a 9set but still want the tension of 10s on the lower strings for riffs...


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post Sep 28 2008, 08:26 AM
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I really don't think there will be a problem, you may have to do some adjustments though, like you'll probably have to adjust your truss rod, and almost certainly you'll have to adjust intonation. That is unless you are putting on heavier strings to compensate for down-tuning the guitar.


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post Sep 28 2008, 08:40 AM
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I like the tone that I get better when I use heavier strings. I have 10's on there now but I think I am going to switch back to 11's. I just wasn't sure on my parker. Most everything I play I use 12's. Now I already know that I am going to have to make adjustments to the intonation and probably the trust rod I just wasn't sure about going that heavy on a parker.


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post Sep 28 2008, 09:18 AM
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Yes there is a problem. If you call Parker they will tell you that even with 10's, you should get a different set of springs from them, it is designed for 9's. Because I tune it down to E flat, I am ok with 10's though. I did talk to them.

With an even heavier set, you had better give them a call and ask their advice.

I also don't like the hybrid strings, especially on a guitar that lacks a life time guarantee such as Parker or Ibanez. You are pushing your luck w.r.t. neck warping it seems to me, having so much more tension on the bass side of the neck.
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post Sep 28 2008, 09:55 AM
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QUOTE (fkalich @ Sep 28 2008, 12:18 AM) *
Yes there is a problem. If you call Parker they will tell you that even with 10's, you should get a different set of springs from them, it is designed for 9's. Because I tune it down to E flat, I am ok with 10's though. I did talk to them.

With an even heavier set, you had better give them a call and ask their advice.

I also don't like the hybrid strings, especially on a guitar that lacks a life time guarantee such as Parker or Ibanez. You are pushing your luck w.r.t. neck warping it seems to me, having so much more tension on the bass side of the neck.



I kind of figured that about the springs. I was actually thinking about giving them a call. Now I most certainly will. Thanks for the heads up there.

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There's no need to worry, you can put any gauge no problem, but you will have to do a setup of the guitar, because now strings are thicker, and have more tension, which will lead to changing of the action, neck curve, and bridge height a bit. I would take it to a guitar tech to do the job.


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post Sep 28 2008, 06:13 PM
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You might have problems getting 11's to lodge in the groove on the headstock nut-A 54 bottom E will not sit in the groove at all!The guitars(as most theses days)are set up for 9's so you will have to change the parker spring too


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