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#1 User is offline   Malpaso 

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 03:23 AM

I got a hummingbird over a week ago.
My old acoustic was a lot easier to play.
I love the new Hummingbird but the strings are massive!!!
I have ordered some ernie ball medium earthwood strings 13- 56's does anyone think they will make any difference to my poor fingers??
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Posted 28 January 2010 - 04:08 AM

..........and maybe the right part of the forum Pete?? :) Whad'ya think?? :)












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#3 User is offline   smips65 

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 11:51 AM

:)

Check the nut on that guitar before you buy lots of strings that are 2 or 3 grades smaller, may not sound right if the nut is cut for 13 to 14
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Posted 28 January 2010 - 02:50 PM

What size are on there now?

The only way to know if you like them is to try them. When I went from lights to mediums, it took about a week of playing to build up fretting strength. After that.... no worries.
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#5 User is offline   Matt the Cat 

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 08:31 PM

I think H'birds come from the factory with 12's on so gong to 13's will make it harder to play (thicker strings-more tension) and some say that 13's can cause problems with the structure of the guitar.
I have an H'bird which I treated to a bone nut and saddle and I string it with Elixir Phos Bronze 12's and it plays great and it sings!

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 12:30 AM

The Hummingbird I bought last July probably came with 12's, but were dead as dead could be - they were actually rusty. The action was really high, too so I had them put on a new set of strings (12's) and lower the action before I walked out of the store with it. (I don't know what the string height was before they worked on it, but it was really high - it came from the factory like that).
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 02:23 PM

i use ultra-lights with brass bridge pins (abalone tops)-makes for a spongy playing experince with lots of twang, good for rythem or lead....though next string change i may go a bit heavier, i want that top to shake!
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Posted 06 February 2010 - 01:44 PM

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I got a hummingbird over a week ago.
My old acoustic was a lot easier to play.
I love the new Hummingbird but the strings are massive!!!
I have ordered some ernie ball medium earthwood strings 13- 56's does anyone think they will make any difference to my poor fingers??


you might consider taking it to a shop for a setup, if the action is too high it can be a world of hurt on your fingers too.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 11:52 AM

I believe Dadadario makes what is called "Custom Lights"! Quite popular with jazz musicians.
I have used them on my Breedlove Pass Port and felt that these were just right . Great tone
and somewhat easier to play! I believe they range from 52 to 11s.

Damein Sullins
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