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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Prestige Neck and Heavy Strings

So I own an rg2550z which I have hard tailed and would like to put heavy strings on (beefy slinkys, 11-54). I'm playing in D standard with sometimes drop C, so would this make the tension bearable for the prestige neck? My main concern is not warping the neck.

Also, I have read a lot of different things about tension equivalents when it comes to down tuning, but there seems to not be a universally accepted comparison.

If I have, say 11 gauge strings, in D standard, would that be equivalent to the tension of 9 or 10 gauge strings in E standard? Is the rule that per full tone down tuning, you lose 0.01 equivalence in tension?

Also, one last question, when hard tailing a guitar with a trem, is it fine to leave the locking nuts off?


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Re: Prestige Neck and Heavy Strings

I'm not at all familiar with downtuning, but any decent guitar should be able to handle every gauge you want to play. Keep in mind that tuner holes and locking mechanisms can have some problems if the strings are too heavy. You won't have any problem with 11-54.

About the tension. The reason you won't get a straight answer is because two different sets with the same gauge can have different tension. Construction (hex vs round core, size on windings, alloy) makes for a lot of different results. That is also the reason why you often end up with a less stable tremolo after changing to new strings, and the new set was not the same brand (or construction) as the previous set.

It's very probable that someone got a rule of thumb for the "tension per full tone", but I've never heard of it - yet.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Prestige Neck and Heavy Strings

Good point; I had not taken into consideration the (what I had thought was subtle) differences in string brands.

It is also relieving to hear that you think that the neck itself can handle the strings.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 09:44 PM
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Re: Prestige Neck and Heavy Strings

I would try 12's for going that low. No worries about the neck, just adjust it for the new tension.
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