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Posted by Bob Gollihur (220.127.116.11) on August 23, 2002 at 16:11:24:
In Reply to: advice sought for an URB newbie posted by tommy on August 23, 2002 at 11:49:25:
: I just bought the Eurosonics and like them, but they are fatter than the slots
: on the bridge and nut. I take it that I'll need to have the bridge/nut cut to
: fit the strings if I intend to keep them?
: And what do I do if, down the road, I decide I
: like something else and the new strings are too skinny for the enlarged slots?
: Buy a new bridge and nut? Or is this not a factor?
: Also, I find the E to be very, very fat. Does anyone use the "E"? I haven't yet,
: just a little apprehensive about putting it on, and doing a gig and have it not
: speak clearly.
: Thanks, I appreciate your help. Tommy H.
Yes, it will probably be necessary to enlarge the channels slightly. I would do this with a small, round needle file or something similar- if you are careful you could even choose a drill bit sized the same as each string and gently enlarge the slots. Keep in mind that the "slot" should really be no deeper than half the diameter of the string, and definitely not wider, or it may buzz.
And that's what may cause you trouble in the future, if you go to slimmer strings. Most times, unless the difference is huge, you can lay one or two little lines of Gel Superglue in the opening, and let it dry, to help narrow it if it is buzzing.
I haven't played those particular strings so I have no advice in that regard.
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