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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-21-2010, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question can you drop C tune a ZR equipped guitar?

ok...here i am again with another question. can you drop C tune a ZR equipped guitar? if so, how?
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Re: can you drop C tune a ZR equipped guitar?

Yes, it can be done. The obvious answer is by loosening the strings far enough, but to compensate the lower string tension you might want to use thicker strings, remove the ZPS-bar and loosening the spring system in the back. Also, if your planning to re-tune your guitar often (from standard tuning to drop-C and back, etc.) you might want to do that with another (hard-tail) guitar.
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Re: can you drop C tune a ZR equipped guitar?

As with other trms and bridges, just make sure to adjust truss rod, intonation, and lower gauge strings.



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As with other trms and bridges, just make sure to adjust truss rod, intonation, and lower gauge strings.
That, but with higher gauge strings.
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Re: can you drop C tune a ZR equipped guitar?

so i need higher gauge stings? i am currently using 9 gauge, havent used 10's though. is there any other way in doing it without changing the strings? or is it really a must?
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so i need higher gauge stings? i am currently using 9 gauge, havent used 10's though. is there any other way in doing it without changing the strings? or is it really a must?
Not necessarily a "must" but recommended since the tension of 9's to Drop C would mean a very loose set of strings... unless that's what you're looking for
... i've used EB Beefy Slinky for C standard (54 top, 11 bottom) on a couple of RG's and a ZR-II equipped S... works great after adjusting and all that techie stuff.
For Drop C, you can have the 54 top and have 10's on the rest: that should work.

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Re: can you drop C tune a ZR equipped guitar?

using 9's in drop c will give the strings the flexibility of rubber bands honestly...i have a 570 that i have in drop c and i use 11's whereas my standard tuned guitars i use 9-46...and it feels roughly the same...d.m.
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Re: can you drop C tune a ZR equipped guitar?

You can do it with 9s, but they will feel like wet noodles. 10s may even be too light, I used 12s when I was playing with drop C
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Re: can you drop C tune a ZR equipped guitar?

for drop C I use .60-.13
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for drop C I use .60-.13
A .13 tuned to a high D sounds like it would be stupidly tight.




If you are going to use .10s make sure it is 10-52 and not 10-46, a .46 isn't tight enough for tuning below a D.

edit: tune your .9 set down to drop C just to see how loose it is. Do it.
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Re: can you drop C tune a ZR equipped guitar?

thanks for all the info guys...ill give it a try this week end and see what happend. but before i go crazy with all the proses and what not. i have one more concern.

i only have 1 guitar. so ill be going back and forth with the tuning and all. from drop C to D then back to standard E vise versa.

if i go ahead and change my strings to .10's just to achieve the drop C tuning will i be having a hard time playing on standard tuning? like for example on the solos ? or better yet will it be easy going back and forth with the tuning? from drop C to D then to standards and vise versa?
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Re: can you drop C tune a ZR equipped guitar?

.10's is no problem in E, but you'll probably want to block your trem if you're going to be changing the tuning all the time...

I would get a couple of more guitars
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Re: can you drop C tune a ZR equipped guitar?

10-52 is perfect for drop C. I have that on one of my RGs.
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10-52 is perfect for drop C. I have that on one of my RGs.
how about .10's on standard E? cuz i'll be going back and forth with the tuning and i only have 1 guitar.
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.10's is no problem in E, but you'll probably want to block your trem if you're going to be changing the tuning all the time...

I would get a couple of more guitars

getting a spare guitar at the moment is not possible LOL!! can you tell me how to block a ZR trem?
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