Are hard tension D'addario fatter than normal tension?

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Christopher Langley
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Are hard tension D'addario fatter than normal tension?

Post by Christopher Langley » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:05 pm

Will I get away with using the same nut for hard strings as normal or will harder strings require the slots in the nut to be enlarged?

I wanna try hards on my small scale laminate but I don't want to have to fool with the nut.
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Re: Are hard tension D'addario fatter than normal tension?

Post by Bill » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:38 pm

They are slightly thicker gauge, but you shouldn’t have a problem with the nut

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Re: Are hard tension D'addario fatter than normal tension?

Post by MessyTendon » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:00 pm

Easy enough to shave a tiny bit off by flossing 400 grit sand paper in between...and it shouldn't have any adverse effect if you decide to go back.

It wasn't until I used gut strings that I found out my nut slot was cut too tight...It caused the strings to fray and break...well, a bit of flossing and I mean less than five minutes, I had the strings on no problems.

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Re: Are hard tension D'addario fatter than normal tension?

Post by Christopher Langley » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:46 pm

MessyTendon wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:00 pm
Easy enough to shave a tiny bit off by flossing 400 grit sand paper in between...and it shouldn't have any adverse effect if you decide to go back.

It wasn't until I used gut strings that I found out my nut slot was cut too tight...It caused the strings to fray and break...well, a bit of flossing and I mean less than five minutes, I had the strings on no problems.
Bill wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:38 pm
They are slightly thicker gauge, but you shouldn’t have a problem with the nut
I appreciate the answers guys.

Messytendon. I'm proud of you for resisting the urge to bash on D'Addario. Lol.

Cheers guys.
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Re: Are hard tension D'addario fatter than normal tension?

Post by Chuah Hui Hsien » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:28 pm

Go ahead,no worry.Most of the nut slots are able to cater hard tension strings.

I've been using D'Addario nylon strings most of the time.The third string will be slightly thicker in diameter,sometimes could give you intonation problem.You can try the EJ46 C, the composite 3rd string is slightly thinner,hold the tune better than nylon 3rd.But sometimes I find it overshadows the E and B strings, just control your finger while plucking the G when playing should be okay.
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Re: Are hard tension D'addario fatter than normal tension?

Post by Scott Phillips » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:53 am

The only ones that might give you a problem is the high E on the Extra hard set. It’s only a couple of pounds heavier than the EJ46. The G string may be a little snug as well, but like the previous poster said, a little bit of sand paper is likely all you will need.

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