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Original( 1954 ) issue strat strings

PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 6:04 pm
by goldbrick
Anybody know what size ? I'm guessing maybe 12 flatwound but cant seem to find any info on the net or in the big Strat book I have.

Re: Original( 1954 ) issue strat strings

PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 8:32 pm
by leftyguitarman
12's.... on a Strat? :wha:

I use 9's, and on occasion, 10's. As for the original '54 strings, I doubt they were 12's.

Re: Original( 1954 ) issue strat strings

PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:59 pm
by rockonpapa
There is presently a discussion about this subject on the F>>>>>Forum. Some scanned advertisements and other info indicates 13's being standard on most Strats! Also most were apparently flat wound strings.
Apparently no one liked to bend strings.
If you go there, go the Strat section and do a search. There have been other discussions also.

Also info shows that early Les Paul necks were thicker because that shipped with 14's!

Re: Original( 1954 ) issue strat strings

PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 2:42 am
by goldbrick
Could you send me the URL for that forum please? I am interested in that Buddy Holly sound and they definitly sound flat wound

I currently use the Eric Johnson semi-flat 11's but its not quite the early sound

Re: Original( 1954 ) issue strat strings

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:09 am
by leftyguitarman
I was looking around online at some old Strats and found a picture of a '55 Strat in the OHSC with a pack of the original strings it shipped with. It says they are "No. 12."

Re: Original( 1954 ) issue strat strings

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:16 pm
by ricochet
Sounds right.

Re: Original( 1954 ) issue strat strings

PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:27 pm
by rockonpapa
This is the link to the Nov. 26th 2008 question on 1954 Strat string gauge, which also links to an earler discussion.

http://www.fenderforum.com/forum.html?d ... 2809:23:20

Hope this helps.

Re: Original( 1954 ) issue strat strings

PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:29 pm
by rockonpapa

Re: Original( 1954 ) issue strat strings

PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:04 pm
by ricochet
Thanks for those, rockonpapa!

Interesting to note that their only listed 6-string "Hawaiian Guitar" tuning was the old standard A Major, a.k.a. Open A. That was the usual lap steel tuning in the early days, so much so that many lesson books with tab didn't even mention the tuning.

Re: Original( 1954 ) issue strat strings

PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 6:14 pm
by rockonpapa
I also think it is interesting that not only at different times were there different "normal"tunings but what was considered the "correct" Standardized pitch for a time period wasa also different, depending on how far back one wants to go.

In reading the link below, much music was written to a totally different "standard" becaused the instriments were tuned up or down to the "standard" of the time.
Also the "why" of the changes is interesting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitch_(music)#History_of_pitch_standards_in_Western_music

Re: Original( 1954 ) issue strat strings

PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:05 pm
by ricochet
Yeah, and lots of those old instruments for chamber music can't be retuned. Think recorders, shawms, harpsichords...

Re: Original( 1954 ) issue strat strings

PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 4:29 pm
by goldbrick
Thanks for the info

I know hendrix endorsed the 10-38 set and his strings look pretty thin in the woodstock dvd.

I currently use 11's on the strat now and they are grest. I have 12's on a Les Paul and they're pretty husky