Stiff guitar strings


MadGuitarest
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02/02/2004 2:18 am
Whenever i paly my axs32 ibanez i have to play leads on the lowest part of the neck so i can slide my pick on the strings, its really really hard doing it where you are supposed to pick and strum. I can play rythm on it but not lead, my strings seem kinda stiff and its pretty hard, ive played other guitatrs and they are all smooth and easy to play everywhere. Anyone know what might be the problem?
thanks
Mike ;)
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Lordathestrings
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02/02/2004 5:05 am
"Stiff"???

What gauge are your strings? I use string sets that have a 0.012" high E string, which is pretty heavy for electric guitar. Compared to 0.009" and 0.010" sets, they feel like coat-hanger wire.
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02/02/2004 9:14 am
A couple suggestions:

-lower the action, if you can.
-keep playing until you get stronger fingers and decent callouses.
-both.

I don't like Ibanez AX bolted neck joints. I've never played one with a set neck like the asx, I'll have to give it a try sometime.
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02/02/2004 3:40 pm
i use 10's . i can press down the strings with my fingers no problem but its are picking lead unless i play up on the bottom of the fretboard.
Mike ;)
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02/03/2004 12:51 pm
It's the pick , I guess .
Go heavier ... I use 2mm Dunlop "Gator Grip" on .010's gauge strings like yours.

If that doesn't solve the problem ,try to practice picking next to the bridge , do some tremolo picking ans stuff , you'll get used to it.
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02/04/2004 9:40 pm
its not the pick either, im guessing its the guitar
Mike ;)
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02/07/2004 5:34 pm
If it's the guitar , then it must be the scale length ... You're friends' guitars must have been 24.75 (Gibson) scale , and yours is a 25.5" (Fender) scale or a longer baritone.
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