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Epiphone ES-339: Nut and String Gauge question Nut / string size

#1 User is offline   Memphis Soul 

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:43 PM

Hi guys and girls,
I recently picked up a Ultra 339 and know that the stock strings are 10-46. My question is this - what is the largest string size you can run without changing or filing the nut?

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 01:41 PM

That sounds like a good question for the folks at Gibson/Epiphone, the experts. I also have a 339 and would like to know why you want to go larger that 10s? I can see maybe going 11s which would work fine in the 339 nut, but are you thinking bigger than that?
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 09:58 PM

View PostChopperJohn, on 03 August 2012 - 01:41 PM, said:

That sounds like a good question for the folks at Gibson/Epiphone, the experts. I also have a 339 and would like to know why you want to go larger that 10s? I can see maybe going 11s which would work fine in the 339 nut, but are you thinking bigger than that?


No bigger than .11's - I just wondered if the nut was really tight in that 6th string slot. I've had epi's before that couldn't take an .11 without filing.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 07:55 AM

If you change string guages, you will most likely have to do a setup. The extra tension that bigger strings put on the neck, means a probable truss rod and bridge adjustment.
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 08:45 AM

Your Right Gordy, and with the experience i have had with my 339 and from what i have read on other 339's, if your going to change the strings, you might go ahead and have the fret's leveled, that's what i'm going to do the next time i change my strings, I think there is an issue with the frets on these, but maybe it's just me.
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