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ChaosToo
05-14-2013, 05:50 AM
It's a Squier Mini Strat

53037

53038

It was tuned to the 'standard' E tuning, but the strings were REALLY floppy (no idea of the string gauge that it came with), so I tuned it up to ADGCE, based on info I got off the 'net.

I then started messing about and did the inevitable - snapped a flipping string! :mad:

So what are my options on new strings to suit?

Ideally I'd like it tuned 'standard', because I can use my normal clip on tuner - but is there a gauge of string that I need to look for so that the strings aren't floppy?

Also, and I'm finding the string spacing very tight for my 'not very accurate' finger placement on fretting - is that due to it being a 3/4 size (40mm nut size) or just as a consequence of me being a bit clumsy?

Looking forward to your replies..... :D

fernandogardinali
07-16-2013, 03:24 AM
Maybe you should put a heavier set of strings.

Wicked
07-16-2013, 06:38 AM
Yes, I finally got around to properly setting up my 7 year old's squire mini. The stock strings are a crazy light gauge. Combined with the short scale, the tension was just too low... especially for the heavy hand of my kid.

I put a set of .10s on, adjusted the neck relief, fixed the string height at the nut, and brought the action way down. I may try some .11s on there in a few months, but the playability has improved a thousand fold.

You should be able play it at standard tuning. Change the strings.

PhilUSAFRet
08-13-2013, 04:06 AM
I have a 34" short scale bass....I just tossed D'addario the scale length and they recommended the proper gauge strings. Great people, fast response. You've probably solved the problem by now, but I'd still recommend checking with D'Addario

Teek
08-25-2014, 11:57 AM
There are string tension charts available online which is great, you put in the inches and it calculates according to tuning.

OregonJim
01-02-2015, 10:48 AM
I put a set of .10s on, adjusted the neck relief, fixed the string height at the nut, and brought the action way down. I may try some .11s on there in a few months, but the playability has improved a thousand fold.

For the sake of the OP who may be new to this, it's actually 0.010 or 0.011 (inches), which refers to the gauge of the high E string.

Guitar String Gauges (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_%28music%29#Guitar)

Wicked
01-02-2015, 01:50 PM
For the sake of the OP who may be new to this, it's actually 0.010 or 0.011 (inches), which refers to the gauge of the high E string.

Guitar String Gauges (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_%28music%29#Guitar)

You are quite right. Good catch.