Tuning to C? - Jemsite
All Other Guitars (including Prestige) Discussion about other Ibanez Guitars not covered in the above topics. Includes J-Custom, USA-Custom, Prestige subforum.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-13-2006, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
Gex
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 962
Tuning to C?

Hey guys, I've always tuned to E and played 9's and loved the tone/feel from that setup.


Recently, I've been wanting to try out tuning to C.

I bought 10's and tried to tune my Washburn KC-70V to C, and it still feels quite rubber-bandy and thin sounding.


What string guage do you guys typically use for having fun down in C tuning?

Remember, I play 9's otherwise, so something that would compare to that as far as string tension.

Gracias in advance.
Gex is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-13-2006, 05:52 PM
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Berlin, Germany
Posts: 2,674
Re: Tuning to C?

My fretless guitar has .13 flatwounds tuned to C and the tension is ideal, but that probably won't help you much...
pawel is offline  
post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-20-2006, 04:27 PM
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: currently in Belgium
Posts: 320
Talking Re: Tuning to C?

Yeah, I used 9's for years and in just the last few years I switched to 10's. I love them. For the band I'm in, we tune in E. try the 10's there for A LOT better tone. As for tuning down to C, I have no problem with that. I use older RG's and just have to adjust the bridge a little between C and E. They do feel really bendy. It's something to get used to I guess. Maybe attempt to try 11's. I haven't yet, but that should clear up that spongy feeling of the 10's a little.
560licious is offline  
post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-20-2006, 06:13 PM
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: sydney Australia
Posts: 765
Re: Tuning to C?

i use 10-52 for c but thats on a trem guitar.

if i used hard tails i would probably go 11-54
ibanezdiehard is offline  
post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-20-2006, 08:23 PM
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: US - MD
Posts: 1,762
Re: Tuning to C?

^ yeah

+!

I use 10-52's on my 97 S540FMTP in drop C and I'm very happy. It plays like my 9-42 equipped S. The tension and playibility is close. I've tried Many gauges. THe 10-52's seem the best...to me. YMMV.
S-man is offline  
post #6 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-20-2006, 08:27 PM
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: sydney Australia
Posts: 765
Re: Tuning to C?

Quote:
Originally Posted by S-man View Post
^ yeah

+!

I use 10-52's on my 97 S540FMTP in drop C and I'm very happy. It plays like my 9-42 equipped S. The tension and playibility is close. I've tried Many gauges. THe 10-52's seem the best...to me. YMMV.

It's funny that we both find them very comfortable on trem guitars.

alot of peoples opinions are that the top light and bottom heavy strings are too uneven for a floyd. i don't find that the case at all
ibanezdiehard is offline  
post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-20-2006, 08:35 PM
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Australia
Posts: 2,596
Re: Tuning to C?

I have 9s in standard and 10s in D standard. I found this is the closest you can get in tension but theres still a fair bit of difference, the 10s in D are stiffer, to the point i have to pick and generally play differently. I think its that the other strings go up more, as in the difference in the E (.009 / .010) is less than the difference in the B (.011 / .013) etc.
crevis is offline  
post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-20-2006, 09:43 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Phillidelphila PA
Posts: 67
Re: Tuning to C?

i got 11-49s tuned to B on a S540 still floating too, you shuold be fine with them or 10s
GlassCasket is offline  
post #9 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-21-2006, 01:00 AM
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Daytona, FL
Posts: 1,917
Re: Tuning to C?

I use 11-56 in C#, I would go up to something like 12-60 in C.
toshiro is offline  
post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-21-2006, 01:02 AM
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: sydney Australia
Posts: 765
Re: Tuning to C?

Quote:
Originally Posted by toshiro View Post
I use 11-56 in C#, I would go up to something like 12-60 in C.
you would get on well with my guitarist.

he uses 12-56 for a floyd equiped guitar in C, i hate playing his guitars!
ibanezdiehard is offline  
post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-21-2006, 08:57 AM
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Odense S, Denmark
Posts: 9,952
Re: Tuning to C?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gex View Post
Hey guys, I've always tuned to E and played 9's and loved the tone/feel from that setup.


Recently, I've been wanting to try out tuning to C.

I bought 10's and tried to tune my Washburn KC-70V to C, and it still feels quite rubber-bandy and thin sounding.


What string guage do you guys typically use for having fun down in C tuning?

Remember, I play 9's otherwise, so something that would compare to that as far as string tension.

Gracias in advance.
If 10s are to loose go to 11 .

Regards

André



fettouhi is offline  
post #12 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-21-2006, 09:36 AM
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: US - MD
Posts: 1,762
Re: Tuning to C?

Quote:
Originally Posted by toshiro View Post
I use 11-56 in C#, I would go up to something like 12-60 in C.


56 felt crazy thick to me. I felt like I was abusing the poor little wizard I neck.

I will never put anything that thick on my S series guitars again unless it's a 7 string.

And it felt NOTHING like the guitar did with more conservative string gauges.


But, if it works for you....that's all that matters.
S-man is offline  
post #13 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-21-2006, 10:25 AM
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Daytona, FL
Posts: 1,917
Re: Tuning to C?

Eh, I usually use a 52 in D and a 46 in E, it just sorta feels the same to me.

I don't care for tuning below C# on a regular scale instrument anyway. The 7 string I have is 26.5" scale, and I use a 60 in Bb.
toshiro is offline  
post #14 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-21-2006, 03:54 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Canberra, Australia
Posts: 9,247
Reviews: 120
Re: Tuning to C?

Jeez I play 10-52s in standard tuning on my Floyd equipped axes, I think the tension and tone is excellent.
LonePhantom is offline  
post #15 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-21-2006, 05:04 PM
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: US - MD
Posts: 1,762
Re: Tuning to C?

I play 10-46 at standard on another S I have. I like it. The 56 was just over the top for me. It didn't seem like the same guitar. Additionally, I have to wonder about the nut with such large strings. I had to raise the string tree considerably and the guitar just didn't seem happy. Beyond that, I had to crank the trem claw to the max and use an arrow pattern to get it to work. I don't block my trems and I'm not willing to install a 4th spring.

I have...

(1) 2006 S2170 9-42 at standard and occasionally drop D.

(1) 1997 S540FMTP 10-46 at standard.

and

(1) 1990 S540LTD 10-52 at Drop C.

Ive tried gauges 10-56 to 9-42 on them. I like the setup above the best. I can switch between guitars and still feel comfortable. Do they each feel differant? Of course.

Just my 2 pennies.


I tried the 10-56 combo after talking to torisho a few months ago. No offence, But I hated that setup. I tried to like it and kept it for bit. It just didn't work for me. Though, I must say I've seen torisho offer alot of GOOD information about things in the past/present so don't take it personally dude. (not that you would)

I may switch to 10-46 on the S2170 to accommodate drop D tuning better.
I'm not sure if I want to sacrafice the way that guitar plays. I like it the way it is in E standard. I'm sure I'll throw some 10-46's on it at some point.

One last thing, If your used to playing in E standard with 9-42's then your probably not going to like anything above 52 on the low E. Go find out for yourself. I did.

Last edited by S-man; 11-21-2006 at 05:11 PM.
S-man is offline  
Reply

Tags
fretless guitar , string gauges , string guage , string tension , string tree , trem claw , trem guitar , zakk wylde

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Jemsite forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address

IMPORTANT: You will be required to activate your account so please ensure that your email address is correct.

If you do not receive your activation check your spam folder before using the CONTACT US form (at the bottom right of each page).



Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
korean locking nuts - loosin tuning does the hardware finish matters on tuning?? jlander Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods 4 08-01-2006 08:43 PM
Help with tuning nightmare!! RG2820 bhuether All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 14 06-21-2004 04:08 PM
"acceptable" tuning stability jeffrg270 Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods 21 12-04-2003 09:12 PM
Creaking neck and Tuning instability LimHae Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods 3 06-01-2003 11:50 AM
Odd tuning...? Veye Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods 10 04-01-2003 08:05 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome