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Mar 18, 2023 - 5:24:47 AM
3 posts since 3/18/2023

I'm an old guitar player, gigged for many decades and have been doing some slide work and decided I needed a round neck. Picked up a used Recording King Swamp Dog Parlor and am digging it, but broke a string. I'm told these ship with 13/56 and ordered the GHS set, but have also read many people use a 16 for the 1st string. I have many strings in my arsenal and can do that. Is this common among you round neck players?

Edited by - Murphy Slaw on 03/18/2023 05:26:21

Mar 18, 2023 - 8:42:27 AM

441 posts since 1/23/2010

16 is usually for square neck.

Mar 18, 2023 - 9:49:31 AM

3 posts since 3/18/2023

Originally posted by chuck hall

16 is usually for square neck.


Thanks, Chuck. I have a square neck (Fender import) also. But I thought I'd read about people changing the first (just the first) string to a 16 on some round necks as well, leaving the rest of the set as normal. In my case, I would have 2; 16's side by side (1st and second). 

Edited by - Murphy Slaw on 03/18/2023 09:49:59

Mar 18, 2023 - 11:12:40 AM

191 posts since 11/9/2018

13 would be fine for a round neck, especially if you will be fretting the string along with sliding. As Chuck said, 16 is the accepted minimum for square neck where no fretting is involved.

Mar 18, 2023 - 11:18:32 AM

4507 posts since 7/27/2008

Some players will put a 14 or 15 on as a first string with some open tunings for roundneck  bottleneck slide, but 13 is pretty typical. Though National Reso-Phonc sends out their guitars with 12s. 

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 03/18/2023 11:22:05

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