previous next Print; Pages: 1  3. This question is also a little specific too: If I tune my sixth string down to B would it be adviseable to use a .60 gauge sixth string? Drop B is a big difference for the lowest string. Yes, thicker strings for lower tunings. 3. Typically, even with running the numbers, I dont end up having to suggest that people with most multi-scale guitars have to make a big change in gauge. I have been using D'Addario EXL-110-7 ( 010-013-017-026-036-046-056) on my guitar for in drop a tuning for a couple of months. Strings are commonly made of stainless steel, nickel, cobalt or copper. Its going to take quite a bit of work on your nut to get it to work right. But Ill just show you at least how much better going with the 64 would be if youre playing in drop A next to that 48. It is. (Read 12235 times) JacksonRR. Right now I have a Schecter Syn custom with an original Floyd Rose set up in drop D tuning with 10 - 52 gauge strings. Most guitar string sets are designed for standard tuning, so what do you do if you play in drop tunings? Drop D: 10-52 (light top heavy bottom) 10-52 (light top heavy bottom) Eb Standard: 10-52 (tigheter feel on low strings) 11-48 (normal tension) Drop C#: 11-48 +52 (normal tension) 11-54 (normal tension) D Standard: 11-54 (higher tension) 11-48 (normal tension) C Standard: 12-56 (regular tension) 12-56 (normal tension) 11-54 (loose feel) Drop C: 11-54 +56 (normal tension) If you use identical string gauges o Others prefer strings to be on the tight side and use the larger gauges listed. Lets say you dont really see any need to boost the gauge on the fourth and the fifth strings since youre not changing the tuning on those strings. You just want a sixth string thats going to feel just right for drop D. Again, as we can see that 46 is really not doing us many favors at all. Every gauge set of electric guitar strings on our site for our six-string electrics has one gauge option that is a drop tune set. Subscribe to our channel so you can keep up with more great stuff in the future. For 2 whole step (C tuning), I would pick 14 gauge, as it will feel like 10 gauge but in drop C tuning (down 2 whole steps). The final result of tuning to Drop B gives the string note names B-F#-B-E-G#-C# (or with flats B-Gb-B-E-Ab-Db). Were at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm wondering what gauge strings I should put on my bass to sound right in Drop B, and also, would it be safe to buy a 5 string set and just not use the G string? After tuning to drop B you can use the same chord fingerings as Drop D. Of course the actual chord names will change. Heavier gauge strings will help to keep the low tuned strings more firm and less like floppy The thing that gets me about DR is Strings are commonly made of stainless steel, nickel, cobalt or copper. But I dont want to go too much into that. Youre still going to have to make a few adjustments depending on which of these options you go with. For drop D, a regular .10 gauge will probably do. For free well gladly work with you to help dial in the perfect gauges for you for your particular set up. Then as you go up, 10.5s, 11, 11.5s, 12s, 13s, all of them will have a drop configuration that is basically balance for whatever youre tuning in, tuning that six string down a whole step. If it is a 5 string then it'd be better to have B Standard. Let me give you a breakdown of my thought process for an example. The standard tension saddles, that come with the bridge, cover about 80% of common tuning string gauge combinations. I don't like loose strings on the bottom, but I neither want a guage that's going to add too much unwanted tension. 1. I'm hoping to go into drop B to play some good ol' Breaking Benjamin and crabcore (lol), but I'm not sure what strings to use. A 34 inch should work, as long as you intimate it properly. On my EC1K I've got 10-52's and feel the 52 is a little lose. Same here. Enjoy the extended range of products that are offered for your instruments. Its gonna be floppy, but unless you get a custom gauge string, it will be floppy. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Its not very good at all. If you play 5-string, supplement that standard Foundation Set with a single B string in .125, .130 or .135. Already, you have a lot less tension on the 52, even at standard. This is just for standard B to E regular seven string tuning. Karl Golden, an awesome Youtube influencer and musician from the UK just released a video lesson on 6 String DROP B METAL Tuning for Beginners. For example, a 10-gauge string is 0.010 inches. Again you need to test things for yourself. It sounded like ass. In our chart right here, weve dialed in a progressive tension set starting with a 10 on top and our only rule was ensuring that we always had more tension on the next string in line than we had on the string before it. Swap the plain 22 gauge G (or E for the purposes on drop B) for a wound one (that may just be me, I think the plain 22 feels horrible). But on the low strings is where its really not good. I use .10-.52s on my main guitar in drop C, but it's a 25.5 scale length. The standard tension saddles, that come with the bridge, cover about 80% of common tuning string gauge combinations. Have you experienced these problems before? Again, youre about three pounds away. We made the Stringjoy String Tension Calculator to help players make an informed decision about which custom guitar string gauges will work best for their needsno matter how unique they may be. Under & Over It by Five Finger Death Punch 2:10, 3. Right now I have a Schecter Syn custom with an original Floyd Rose set up in drop D tuning with 10 - 52 gauge strings. Lately I found that the GHS Boomers 7L are awesome for Drop C. That's a seven string set, but you can get rid of the .9 and you've got 11-58! For example, if you want to tune to Drop B and like 9s in standard, you can see that a 12 pulls 13.88 lbs of tension, so a good place to start would be looking for sets with a high .012. We have to go all the way to a 52 down here with a massive six pound tension differential than the first string. If you had a really, really wide multi-scale in terms of the difference between the highest string and the lowest string. High Tension Saddles nominally 15 - 45 pounds. I use .10-.52s on my main guitar in drop C, but it's a 25.5 scale length. My drop C string gauge is the D'Addario EXL 116 set which is 11-52. Whether youre going down to drop D full time or drop C, drop B, drop A, et cetera, these same principles are going to hold true for you. Again, I dont need to probably show you how heavy wed have to go to get it all the balance perfectly and explain why thats going to be a little bit awkward since we already went through that. Its going to really help balance out that tension across that scale length. So basically, if you're changing tunings a lot, you'll have to decide if you want tight strings in drop D, or loose strings in drop B. Its literally having more tension on every string in the set than the last. Your fourth and fifth strings are, of course, just fine, but the sixth string is way, way, way down here in terms of tension and were talking about pounds tension versus the fifth string that its next to. There. So basically, if you're changing tunings a lot, you'll have to decide if you want tight strings in drop D, or loose strings in drop B. 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