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Factory strings on AS73
stegro
#1 Posted : 7/22/2009 7:24:09 AM

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Just bought new AS73 last night and I am shocked how beautiful this guitar is for the price. Does anybody know what gauge strings this thing ships with from the factory? It plays perfectly right now and I'd like to replace with the strings with the same gauge when these wear out.
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#2 Posted : 7/22/2009 11:24:57 AM

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d'Addario 10's. Go to www.ibanez.com for full info, or read the literature that (should have) comes with the guitar.
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#3 Posted : 7/22/2009 9:43:07 PM

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Thanks for the reply. They feel kind of like light top/heavy bottom, but maybe that's just me. The guitar didn't come with any literature at all.
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#4 Posted : 7/27/2009 5:39:51 PM

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I have an AS93, which is basically the same guitar. I'm pretty sure they're a light/heavy mix, as you said—I verified it with a set of digital calipers.

I'd venture a guess and say they're this exact set: http://store.daddario.co...ht_TopHeavy_Bottom_10-52
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#5 Posted : 7/27/2009 8:40:03 PM

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liscio wrote:
I have an AS93, which is basically the same guitar. I'm pretty sure they're a light/heavy mix, as you said—I verified it with a set of digital calipers.

I'd venture a guess and say they're this exact set: http://store.daddario.co...ht_TopHeavy_Bottom_10-52


Here's an interesting experiment - I've done this. Measure the string diameters with calipers before and after installing and stretching. You get about .054" before installing, and .052" +/- after installing - usually. Doesn't mean anything. It's just an interesting exercise. Of course it makes sense that the string will become thinner after stretching - virtually everything does. It makes one wonder about how the mfr. goes about making the strings.
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#6 Posted : 7/27/2009 8:51:45 PM
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Tflanster wrote:
liscio wrote:
I have an AS93, which is basically the same guitar. I'm pretty sure they're a light/heavy mix, as you said—I verified it with a set of digital calipers.

I'd venture a guess and say they're this exact set: http://store.daddario.co...ht_TopHeavy_Bottom_10-52


Here's an interesting experiment - I've done this. Measure the string diameters with calipers before and after installing and stretching. You get about .054" before installing, and .052" +/- after installing - usually. Doesn't mean anything. It's just an interesting exercise. Of course it makes sense that the string will become thinner after stretching - virtually everything does. It makes one wonder about how the mfr. goes about making the strings.


I believe the width is measured while the string is under tension during the winding process. I remember watching a program called "How It's Made" on the Discovery Channel, on that particular episode they showed how strings were made at the D'addario factory.
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#8 Posted : 7/28/2009 7:51:54 PM

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stegro wrote:
Just bought new AS73 last night and I am shocked how beautiful this guitar is for the price. Does anybody know what gauge strings this thing ships with from the factory? It plays perfectly right now and I'd like to replace with the strings with the same gauge when these wear out.


Go here - http://ibanez.com/support/help.aspx Strings for all instruments are listed.

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#9 Posted : 2/4/2010 3:31:12 PM

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stegro wrote:
Just bought new AS73 last night and I am shocked how beautiful this guitar is for the price. Does anybody know what gauge strings this thing ships with from the factory? It plays perfectly right now and I'd like to replace with the strings with the same gauge when these wear out.


I have the same guitar and here is the info you need:

http://www.ibanez.com/support/help#ssa

Here are the strings you need:
EXL120 Set Super Light 9-42

You can find the strings here:

http://store.daddario.co.../EXL120_Super_Light_9-42
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#10 Posted : 3/19/2010 7:55:43 AM
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fringescoundrel wrote:
stegro wrote:
Just bought new AS73 last night and I am shocked how beautiful this guitar is for the price. Does anybody know what gauge strings this thing ships with from the factory? It plays perfectly right now and I'd like to replace with the strings with the same gauge when these wear out.


I have the same guitar and here is the info you need:

http://www.ibanez.com/support/help#ssa

Here are the strings you need:
EXL120 Set Super Light 9-42

You can find the strings here:

http://store.daddario.co.../EXL120_Super_Light_9-42



I wonder why Ibanez won't publish the factory string gauge on their site? Perhaps that page just needs to be updated? In any case, I think it's refreshing to pick up a new guitar that has a real set of strings and not just 9's.

These are most definitely *not* 9-42, and I agree with the above post of 10-52 (esp. since measurements were taken!)
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#11 Posted : 3/19/2010 10:42:20 AM

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dynac0mp wrote:
fringescoundrel wrote:
stegro wrote:
Just bought new AS73 last night and I am shocked how beautiful this guitar is for the price. Does anybody know what gauge strings this thing ships with from the factory? It plays perfectly right now and I'd like to replace with the strings with the same gauge when these wear out.


I have the same guitar and here is the info you need:

http://www.ibanez.com/support/help#ssa

Here are the strings you need:
EXL120 Set Super Light 9-42

You can find the strings here:

http://store.daddario.co.../EXL120_Super_Light_9-42



I wonder why Ibanez won't publish the factory string gauge on their site? Perhaps that page just needs to be updated? In any case, I think it's refreshing to pick up a new guitar that has a real set of strings and not just 9's.

These are most definitely *not* 9-42, and I agree with the above post of 10-52 (esp. since measurements were taken!)


I can't understand why you say the string sizes aren't published on the website. Here they are, directly from the on-site manual;

"MODELS STRING GAUGES
ELECTRIC GUITARS .009-.042”
4-STRING BASSES .044,.063,.080,.102”
5-STRING BASSES .044,.063,.080,.098,.121”
35” SCALE 4-STRING BASSES .045,.065,.085,.105”
35” SCALE 5-STRING BASSES .045,.065,.085,.105,.130”
35” SCALE 6-STRING BASSES .030,.045,.065,.085,.105,.130”"

Clearly, your guitar comes with .009 - .042 strings, and they are d'Addarios. Cheapest in their line.Take a little more time searching the site. The layout doesn't always make sense but the info is there.
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#14 Posted : 3/19/2010 10:52:21 AM
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ALL IBANEZ ARTCORE E - .010 B - .013 G - .017 D - .026 A - .036 E - .046


The Site needs a little updating. We actually have a fairly decent amount of models that come with different gauges that aren't listed
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#17 Posted : 3/19/2010 10:57:46 AM
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I can't find it at present, but I seem to remember that the manual that came with my AR305AV indicated that Artist and Artcore guitars are factory equipped with .010 to .046 gauge strings. The RG and S guitars typically have .009 to .042 strings according to the manual. If I find the manual I'll confirm this, just going from memory at present. But I do believe that I had previously noted that the manuals and website info didn't match.

I've gone up to Elixir Nanoweb .011 to .049's on my AR305AV and D'Addario Chrome Jazz Light (flatwound) .011 to .050's on my AM73TBR.
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#15 Posted : 3/19/2010 11:09:23 AM

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Tom@Ibanez wrote:
ALL IBANEZ ARTCORE E - .010 B - .013 G - .017 D - .026 A - .036 E - .046


The Site needs a little updating. We actually have a fairly decent amount of models that come with different gauges that aren't listed


A "little updating". Who has the drag? I don't much care what strings come with whatever guitar I buy. If I don't like them I dump them ASAP. I like flat wounds so I go for Thomastik 11's or if not available locally, d'Addario 11's. Factory strings be damnedThink I have flats on my AFS, ACE, AF and on a (gulp) Les Paul I recently bought - with HSC for $150.00 - couldn't turn that down).

I'm guessing that most everybody here has favorites that just about automatically go on to their instruments regardless of the factory choice. I'm not knocking the factory stuff, its just that we all have preferences. It would be nice though, to have current info available without having to go through all the above discussions.
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#7 Posted : 3/19/2010 11:45:31 AM
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liscio wrote:
I have an AS93, which is basically the same guitar.


I know we're only talking about strings here, but the AS93 is in NO WAY basically the same guitar as the AS73. Apart from the obvious similarities between the two guitars, there is a HUGE difference in how each guitar sounds and feels. Much higher quality wood and attention to detail in the AS93. I won't even mention the gold hardware.

Don't take it the wrong way, I just don't want un-informed people to think that the AS73 is comparable to the AS93 when they come on to the forum for the first time is all. Although it should be obvious to anyone who picks up both guitars and tries them out.
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#18 Posted : 3/19/2010 7:55:28 PM

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I have never been able to hear the difference between gold hardware and anything else. Probably just a failing on my part. Whistle
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#16 Posted : 3/20/2010 7:06:49 AM
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Tom@Ibanez wrote:
ALL IBANEZ ARTCORE E - .010 B - .013 G - .017 D - .026 A - .036 E - .046


The Site needs a little updating. We actually have a fairly decent amount of models that come with different gauges that aren't listed


My AS93 came with D'Addario 10-52's and My AM73 came with D'Addario 10-46's
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#19 Posted : 3/20/2010 9:47:48 AM
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Gaolee wrote:
I have never been able to hear the difference between gold hardware and anything else. Probably just a failing on my part. Whistle




... I was just sayin' they aren't "basically the same guitar" is all. I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition. LOL BooHoo
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#22 Posted : 3/20/2010 4:31:56 PM
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I think that the main differences between the 73, 93, and 103 levels is in the neck and pickups. 73's (or Standards) have a one piece neck, 93's (or Deluxe) a three piece neck and 103's (or Customs) have a five piece neck. Pickup-wise, 73's and 93's have the ACH pickups, whereas 103's have the Custom 58 pickups. These two differences contribute to enhanced tone and playability of the upper level models. The extra amenities of the Deluxe and Customs, i.e. gold hardware, block inlays for fret markers, flamed maple veneers, etc. add to the nicer looks of the Deluxe and Custom models.
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#23 Posted : 3/20/2010 5:01:01 PM
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perfect description akustik... calling an AS93 the same as an AS73 is like calling a Les Paul Standard the same as a Les Paul Studio in my opinion.


So I have a bias towards my AS93, big whoop, wanna fight about it? haha
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#20 Posted : 3/20/2010 7:36:17 PM
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enlgish4bw wrote:
Gaolee wrote:
I have never been able to hear the difference between gold hardware and anything else. Probably just a failing on my part. Whistle




... I was just sayin' they aren't "basically the same guitar" is all. I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition. LOL BooHoo


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