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Ben Erhart


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Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 21 Nov 2020 12:59 pm    
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Hi all,

Today I just picked up a really nice example of a Fender 400, but the previous owner must have had no earthly idea what to do with it. It’s got what looks to be a 10-string C6th set with the top two strings thrown away, and the tension was much too high to tune up to pitch. I’m wondering where y’all go to get singles, or if there’s a set for 8-string I’m not finding. Ideally I’d like to put it in B6, so I know what gauges I need, just wondering if there’s an easier route than piecing several sets together.










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Nicholas Cox


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California, USA
Post  Posted 21 Nov 2020 1:04 pm    
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Single strings are sold here on the forum. Check strings at the top.
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Ben Erhart


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Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 21 Nov 2020 1:24 pm    
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Didn’t even realize that. Disregard this post, thanks for the help
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Donny Hinson

 

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Glen Burnie, Md. U.S.A.
Post  Posted 21 Nov 2020 2:06 pm    
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Way cool first-generation 400 (no roller nut or bridge). That puts it squarely in the 1958-1962 period.

That's about the most pristine one I've seen in 40 years! Cool
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Ben Erhart


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Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 21 Nov 2020 2:41 pm    
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Donny Hinson wrote:
Way cool first-generation 400 (no roller nut or bridge). That puts it squarely in the 1958-1962 period.

That's about the most pristine one I've seen in 40 years! Cool


I wondered what era it was from, I just ordered strings for it and I’m going to set it up as soon as they come. It’s pretty minty for having no case
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Andrew Goulet


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Post  Posted 21 Nov 2020 7:09 pm    
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Whoa! What a beautiful Fender! You'll probably want to swap out those lower springs as well (I am not an expert, just a tinkerer) Smile
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Larry Phleger

 

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DuBois, PA
Post  Posted 22 Nov 2020 10:08 am    
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I would use the first 8 strings gauges of a standard 10 C6 set as a guide. I personally prefer the G on top, but that's up to you. I don't think there would be any problem tuning them 1 fret lower. You can order the single strings and make up your own set, or order a packaged set and discard strings 9 and 10.
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Anthony Campbell


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Indiana, USA
Post  Posted 22 Nov 2020 1:27 pm    
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This may be helpful:

https://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=85946&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
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