Reduced scale length

I have built my previous CBGs with 24-25 inch scales. However, I have problems with the fretted builds, in that my old fingers have trouble forming some of the chords. I have decided to build a new CBG with a 23 inch scale, hoping that the narrower frets may help. I usually tune to open G. Will I be able to use the same gauge of strings or will I have to move to a different gauge? Any help will be most welcome.

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