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Jeffrey McFadden


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Missouri, USA
Post Posted 12 Feb 2018 4:48 pm     Reply with quote

I'm looking at buying a pedal steel from somebody here on the forum. I've copied the string gauges (and notes) from his post below.



I notice that the 3 string is smaller gauge (presumably a higher note) than the 1 & 2 strings.

Is this normal for an E9 guitar?

I feel so ignorant. guess I'll never learn this any younger.

Jeff
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Don Kuhn


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Post Posted 12 Feb 2018 4:54 pm     Reply with quote

My Carter D10 uses a .011R for the 3rd string
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Brint Hannay


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Maryland, USA
Post Posted 12 Feb 2018 5:11 pm     Reply with quote

Yes, that's correct. Strings 1 & 2 are known as the "chromatic" strings (debatable terminology but that's not really important).

The top four strings are scale notes of the E scale. In ascending order of pitch:

String 2 -- D#
String 4 -- E
String 1 -- F#
String 3 -- G#

This arrangement allows scale phrases to be played alternating thumb and finger among these strings (with variations from pedal/lever changes).

Welcome to the wacky, wonderful world of pedal steel! Very Happy
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Edward Rhea


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Medford Oklahoma, USA
Post Posted 12 Feb 2018 5:25 pm     Reply with quote

Hang in there, Jeffrey! You’re gonna find a use for them, real soon...
Embrace your journey!
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Jeffrey McFadden


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Post Posted 12 Feb 2018 5:50 pm     Reply with quote

Brint Hannay wrote:


This arrangement allows scale phrases to be played alternating thumb and finger among these strings (with variations from pedal/lever changes).

Welcome to the wacky, wonderful world of pedal steel! Very Happy


Of course. That makes sense. Thanks a lot!
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Billy Carr


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Post Posted 13 Feb 2018 2:05 am     Psg Reply with quote

I use the same gauges except for strings 3 & 9. I use a .012 and .034W instead.
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