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I know the JTV59 comes with 10's and I understand the piezo's involvement.

 

But has anyone had success for the modeling with lighter strings - say 8's (I use Dunlop 7's on my other guitars)

 

As I just received a used JTV59, I don't want to go too much off the rails as I'm testing, but would like to know for the future.

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Would not recommend going light than 9's, nor heavier than 11's. Try to keep

it in that 9 to 11 range. It's a piezo string tension thing.

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Thank you for the quick response... I just changed to a new set of 10's so will keep them on for a month or so but I will try 9's next.  Exactly the advice I needed. 

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FWIW - on all my electrics I tend to bounce between 9s and 10s, just keep the left hand on its' toes.  While the 9s are perfectly acceptable, I DO find the 10s have a bit more authority so to speak.  Goes back to the "tension across the piezos" comment above.  So certainly give'em a try (9s), they won't hurt anything and if you're good with the response... there ya go.

 

Oh btw - JTV69s w/Fender neck, and a Standard.  Same response for either...

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I primarily got the JTV59 for the acoustics but having gone through all models with all positions last night, I must say even the electrics blew me away - using various models in my Amp vst on these Variax guitar models surprised the hell out of me - they sound so good using 10's, I'm now not in a huge rush to try 9's...although I will try them out eventually.

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Another option that I find to be a nice compromise are 9.5's from DiAddario. I use them on my JTV69.

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