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Offline Skirmish

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« on: March 06, 2010, 06:25:37 AM »
Hello Everyone. This is my first posting on the forum. I've been playing acoutic for about 15 months and started off with a real cheapy Encore. It got me going but I then bought a D10S in October. I keep the two guitars in different rooms and use the Encore to mess about in my office while following lessons on YouTube.
While the D10S is a really nice guitar and the sound is far superior I do find it more difficult to play and the strings seem a little on the 'painful' side compared to the Encore.
Would it be a good idea to change strings to alleviate this problem and if so can you please advise what type (and size) I should try.

Many thanks
David
 

Offline mcloud10

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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2010, 09:16:56 AM »
It could be string gauge, but it could also need a setup; i.e. the string action is too high.  If the action is too high, especially by the nut, the guitar will be harder to play.

A new D10 comes equipped with light gauge strings - usually.

Mark



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Offline Skirmish

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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2010, 11:20:13 AM »
Thanks for the reply. I've just put some lighter strings on it and it does feel quite different now. I'll have a sit down later on and have a good play and see what I think.

Do all D10S's come with the same action or are there variations on what comes out of the factory? Looking at some other guitars in the shop today, some seem to have much lower actions than the D10S.
 

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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2010, 03:40:26 PM »
Some D10 guitars may come with lower action, but that is probably arbitrary.  The best thing to do is to take it to a competent luthier (guitar tech) who can adjust the nut, truss rod, and saddle for lower and optimal action.  It's not that expensive, and it really does make a difference.  I usually do my own setups, as do a lot of members, but if you're not sure of what to do, it's best to have it done.

Mark

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'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
'73 Sivertone Model 319
'85 Ibanez DCL St.Chorus
Rocktron Compressor
DiMarzio Acoustic Pickup
Peavey Backstage Amp
Lots of Smiles ;)
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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical (Son's)
'10 Washburn WC150SW Classical
Washburn Rover RO20 Travel Guitar
Behringer ACX450

Offline Skirmish

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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2010, 10:40:32 AM »
The strings I've now put on the guitar are Martin Extra Light. They certainly seem easier to press down but I'm wondering if there is some buzzing. Certainly when I give the bottom E a big pluck there is some quite nasty buzzing from it. The other strings dont seem to suffer from this though.
Any thoughts?
 

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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2010, 10:17:39 PM »
A setup.  Although I wouldn't have put Extra lights on it.  Too light IMO.  If it were mine, I'd put Light gauge Elixr's on it and have a setup done.

Mark

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'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
'73 Sivertone Model 319
'85 Ibanez DCL St.Chorus
Rocktron Compressor
DiMarzio Acoustic Pickup
Peavey Backstage Amp
Lots of Smiles ;)
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'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical (Son's)
'10 Washburn WC150SW Classical
Washburn Rover RO20 Travel Guitar
Behringer ACX450

Offline radenshirinji

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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2010, 09:39:31 PM »
I had the same problem with my guitar and I did a set up myself. I adjusted the truss rod & sanded down the saddle, and now the action is very low.
 

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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2010, 08:06:16 PM »
The D10 has the nut set too high from the factory. It's annoying and something that should have been corrected long ago.