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strings on the ibanez artcore
sclarky
#1 Posted : 8/1/2006 11:05:44 PM

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does ibanez use a certain type of string and gauge on the artcore
zseries guitars?  are the guitars already preset/setup for a
particular gauge string?<br>
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thanks<br>

blackdeath
#1 Posted : 8/2/2006 12:50:53 AM

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using .0095 on mine...
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trickeydave
#1 Posted : 8/2/2006 2:32:22 AM
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11's on my AK85...Thomastik flatwounds. I love 'em.
fighting4july
#1 Posted : 8/2/2006 3:53:59 PM

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I'm using ernie balls, skinny top, heavy bottom, they're basically 10's.&nbsp; I love em cos you get a super bright tone, they stay in tune, and they DON'T break, they last forever.&nbsp; I did notice that I little adjustment with the action was needed after I changed to the 10's.&nbsp; But it was simple and worth it.<IMG src="smileys/smiley4.gif" border="0">
RetroBozo
#1 Posted : 8/9/2006 11:27:42 AM

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They come with 10's but mine really "woke-up" with 12's.
strickrg
#1 Posted : 8/10/2006 8:21:16 AM
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Ibanez uses D'addario's .009 on there Artcores.&nbsp; I think the
Artcore's really respond to a .10 guage or thicker string. But, to each
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sclarky
#1 Posted : 8/13/2006 10:37:26 PM

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i just had my artcore setup with 13's chrome d'addario.&nbsp; i love it.
swastassijns
#1 Posted : 9/5/2006 9:10:41 AM

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<P>I would like to change my .009's with .010-ers (I have them ready), but I am scared that I will have to do several adjustments (action,...). I don't have any experience with changing the action and or neck tension.<BR><BR>What's the risk in changing the .009's with .010's?</P>
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fighting4july
#1 Posted : 9/5/2006 11:27:30 AM

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No risk at all, I just prefer a very low action, just to the point before it starts to buzz, so when I changed to the 10's it did raise the action just a little.&nbsp; Not enuf for a lot of people to even care, but I play a lot of fast punkrock leads, and a low action is important.&nbsp; If you have the tune-o-matic style bridge, it's really easy, just get a SMALL flathead screwdriver, and on the bridge there are two posts at both ends, to raise the bridge (directly effecting the action) just turn the posts counter clockwise, to lower the action, turn them clockwise.&nbsp; All you're doing is simply screwing the post in or out of the body of the guitar.&nbsp; I would suggest just turning them 1/8th of a turn at a time, and turn them both the same amount.&nbsp; Constantly play all the frets and watch for fret buzz, if you start to get some, raise the action just a little, also,&nbsp; when it's all said and done, you'll have to re-tune your guitar.&nbsp; I wouldn't mess with the truss rod if you havn't done it before, although it's easy to do, it can be tough to get the right amount of tension in the neck.&nbsp; Hope the novle works <IMG style="CURSOR: pointer" &#111;nclick="AddSmileyIc&#111;n'smileys/smiley1.gif'" alt=Smile src="http://www.ibanez.com/forum/smileys/smiley1.gif" border="0">
swastassijns
#1 Posted : 9/5/2006 12:49:28 PM

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No risk at all, I just prefer a very low action, just to the point before it starts to buzz, so when I changed to the 10's it did raise the action just a little.&nbsp; Not enuf for a lot of people to even care, but I play a lot of fast punkrock leads, and a low action is important.&nbsp; If you have the tune-o-matic style bridge, it's really easy, just get a SMALL flathead screwdriver, and on the bridge there are two posts at both ends, to raise the bridge (directly effecting the action) just turn the posts counter clockwise, to lower the action, turn them clockwise.&nbsp; All you're doing is simply screwing the post in or out of the body of the guitar.&nbsp; I would suggest just turning them 1/8th of a turn at a time, and turn them both the same amount.&nbsp; Constantly play all the frets and watch for fret buzz, if you start to get some, raise the action just a little, also,&nbsp; when it's all said and done, you'll have to re-tune your guitar.&nbsp; I wouldn't mess with the truss rod if you havn't done it before, although it's easy to do, it can be tough to get the right amount of tension in the neck.&nbsp; Hope the novle works <IMG style="CURSOR: pointer" alt=Smile src="http://www.ibanez.com/forum/smileys/smiley1.gif" &#111;nclick="AddSmileyIc&#111;n'smileys/smiley1.gif'" border="0">
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<P>couldn't it also have an influence on the neck (its straight now, and I always heard that trying to correct the neck is not supposed to be done by non-professionals...)?</P>
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Brian
#1 Posted : 9/5/2006 3:24:17 PM
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The artcores are already shipped with 10-46 gauge strings. Read your pamphlet that comes with the guitar it cleary states that fact. At least on mine anyway.
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swastassijns
#1 Posted : 9/6/2006 1:40:01 AM

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The artcores are already shipped with 10-46 gauge strings. Read your pamphlet that comes with the guitar it cleary states that fact. At least on mine anyway.
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<P>I have read the pamphlet that came with my AF85 and it mentions .009 ...&nbsp;</P>
fighting4july
#1 Posted : 9/6/2006 1:07:15 PM

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<P>I think that certain ones came with 009's and some came with .010's.&nbsp; I have two artcores, both of them are as73's one came with 009's the other came with 10's.&nbsp; As far as releiving the kneck tension, it's&nbsp;a simple concept, but difficult to get perfect if you've never done it before.&nbsp; Most guitar shops will just do it for you if it's&nbsp;a minot adjustment, maybe 20 or 30 bucks.&nbsp; When they do it, ask them to show you how.</P>
Brian
#1 Posted : 9/7/2006 3:34:05 PM
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<P>Fighting I think you may be right. I am looking right now at the Artcore instruction manual with a 2003 copyright on the back and it says on page 1 under "strings and tuning machines" String gauges Artcore guitars .010-.046. This manual came&nbsp; with my AF85VLS in 2003. It covers the AF, AFS, AK and AG models. Now when you look at the website you see it says all of the electrics are .009's. A little misinformation there to say the least because I am certain that all of them do not have the same strings. My custom AS103 came with 10's howver I did not read the pamphlet but I use 10-46 and it feels like it. Also when I bought my AF85 I saw discrepancies between USA and other ibanez sites with the specs. The frets were listed as large frets here in the USA and as small in Europe. Of course they are not large frets but I wasn't happy when I 1st got it and found the frets small. So maybe they use both like you said. </P>
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fighting4july
#1 Posted : 9/7/2006 6:23:42 PM

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<P>The thing that I have found most irritating is that when you go in to pick up and ibanez at the music stores (at least the one I went to) The guitar staff hadn't had a lot of training on the ibanez guitars, especially the artcores.&nbsp; I drilled the guy for nearly and hour on what pickups and what strings and yada yada yada, he kept havin to look it up, when I asked him the same question about the other guitar I was looking at (epiphone dot) He knew right off.&nbsp; </P>
<P>But go with the 10's you'll be happy, I would really look into the ernie balls.&nbsp; Skinny top heavy bottom.&nbsp; They are fanastic.&nbsp; If the action changes at all or if the neck gets tweaked a little, just take it in and learn on the way.&nbsp;&nbsp; the benefits will be three fold...I say put the 10's on</P>
Brian
#1 Posted : 9/7/2006 7:00:59 PM
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I am a user of Ernie Ball on my electrics.
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swastassijns
#1 Posted : 9/8/2006 1:53:46 AM

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<P>
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...I say put the 10's on
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<P>OK... thanks... I'll do that (I'v got the 10's ready, there from Elixir..)</P>
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SirJackdeFuzz
#1 Posted : 9/8/2006 10:11:20 PM
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Have some GHS 10's on my AG75 right now, but will probably up-grade <br />to 11's next week !


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JoeM
#1 Posted : 9/9/2006 1:19:47 PM

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My AF105F and AS73 came with 10s. The AGS83 I just bought had heavy bottom/skinny top - 52 to 11. I use D'Adarrio chromes (11-52) on the AF105F, 10s on the AS73 and 11s on the AGS83.
slash4040
#1 Posted : 9/9/2006 1:50:27 PM
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<P>I use 8s on my Strat, tuned to open A up 3 steps for slide, which is badass.</P>
<P>On my Artcore though, I have Washburn 12s with an unwound G tuned to open G.</P>
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