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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-16-2009, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Low tuning setup

Hey guys I've got an RG350 with all the standard stock stuff on it. I want to tune it lower to like C or may be C sharp. I know the basics of guitar setup but any caution, ideas or experience from you would be appreciated. Or maybe you dont think it's a good idea because of the 25" scale length of this particular guitar? I am definitely going to get higher gauge strings than the factory 9's.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-16-2009, 01:52 PM
 
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Re: Low tuning setup

I've used a CGCGCE tuning with heavy gauge strings on my 470 with no problem at all. A baritone would be better, but at least for me the 25.5'' scale was not a issue. Good luck!
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-16-2009, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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I've used a CGCGCE tuning with heavy gauge strings on my 470 with no problem at all. A baritone would be better, but at least for me the 25.5'' scale was not a issue. Good luck!
hi aris_T,
Did you find yourself having to adjust the neck after the low tuning change?
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-16-2009, 03:56 PM
 
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Re: Low tuning setup

I set up with 13s for C# standard on a 25.5" without too much drama. I would like the take a little bit of bow out of the neck which has developed, but this is a tele neck rather than an ibby, so yours will probably hold out better.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-16-2009, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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I set up with 13s for C# standard on a 25.5" without too much drama. I would like the take a little bit of bow out of the neck which has developed, but this is a tele neck rather than an ibby, so yours will probably hold out better.
Interesting point about the neck type, thanks skins
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-16-2009, 07:23 PM
 
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Re: Low tuning setup

I have my rgt set up for D and dropped C with Daddario xl11's. I used to have it tuned to B with ghs boomer zack wyld 10-60's but the third string was way too loose at only 017 but the other highs weren't as bad but still loose. way too heavy on the bottom and light on the top though since they were designed for dropped tuning. 10-13-17-36-52-60. I had to put the tremlo spring basically all the way into the body with these string to keep it flush though, slight neck bend developed too but just adjust it out.

You should be ok with 11's or 12's.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-16-2009, 08:43 PM
 
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Re: Low tuning setup

I have my RG in C standard, but it requires a pretty unique string gauge set. I only order singles :/. I'm running .11-.59
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-16-2009, 08:59 PM
 
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hi aris_T,
Did you find yourself having to adjust the neck after the low tuning change?
Nope, everything worked great. You should check your neck though and make the adjustments, if there should be any. I used a Big-n-Heavy DR string set (10-13-17-30-44-52) for this tuning.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-17-2009, 03:30 AM
 
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Re: Low tuning setup

yeah, I do it on my 87 RG560...drop C with 12s..just have to adjust your bridge and springclaw..with no neck problems..don't know why other people are having problems..

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-17-2009, 08:32 AM
 
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Get some 12's and see how it goes. You may need to turn the truss rod on way or the other, or shim the neck depending on what happens. I have done it without any changes on a few ibanez guitars.
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-17-2009, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Get some 12's and see how it goes. You may need to turn the truss rod on way or the other, or shim the neck depending on what happens. I have done it without any changes on a few ibanez guitars.
I used 11's and they seem solid. Problem is, no matter how much i read up on truly sighting the neck, I cant tell A) whats really going on with the neck and B) when i should adjust it or if anything happened to it when I changed string gauge or tuning.
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I used 11's and they seem solid. Problem is, no matter how much i read up on truly sighting the neck, I cant tell A) whats really going on with the neck and B) when i should adjust it or if anything happened to it when I changed string gauge or tuning.
I also use 11s in a dropC tuning...But i a have a fixed bridge. (RG2EX) 13s were way to big...11s work good on (my) RG. I did adjust the trussrod some. But i always play around with my necks.

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