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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-11-2004, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question about drop c tuning?

I use gauge 9 strings for standard tuning ( e, a, d, g, b, e ). If I want to play in d I tune all the strings down to ( d, g, c, f, a, d ). Instead of tuning all the strings down to a c tuning I think alot of bands just simply tune the d string to c to get ( c, g, c, f, a, d ). Is it better to use the same gauge string when tuning the fat d string down to c or do you use a fatter gauge for just that one string compared to the others.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-11-2004, 01:52 PM
 
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I usually use guage 10, but one of my guitars is tuned to drop C (all down a tone but the low e down 2). For that I use guage 12 and they are still noticeably looser than 10s are in standard tuning. Unless you want the effect of really loose strings, I suggest you experiment with some heavier guages.
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Hello!

Here's my addition to your topic:

For regular E tuning I use 009-011-016-026-036-046.
For regular D tuning I use 010-013-017-030-042-052.
For drop C: I use the 010-052 set, but I change the 052 on the E string to a 056, tuned to C.

This is the common "heavy bottom, light top" string sets.

For the 7th string, I use 059 in B, and 074 in A.
Hope it helps

Tony
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-11-2004, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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So what your saying is you can buy a 10-52 set but you don't use the 52 string and chance it for a 56, ok. A follow up question is it good for your guitars neck to have heavy bottom with light top combos. The tension would be more uneven than a regular gauge set and could this be bad for the neck somehow making it warp possibly? Thanks for both your feedback. I can't get over a 76 gauge string, that's a FAT string!
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A follow up question is it good for your guitars neck to have heavy bottom with light top combos.
I've been using light top,heavy bottom on my rg560 since '93, and it still plays great, so I don't think the neck will suffer from that.

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I can't get over a 76 gauge string, that's a FAT string!
yep, that's fat but it doesn't woooaaaauuuuww, like thinner strings does in low A tuning. (though it is a 074) and it's possible to intonate on a 25,5 scale guitar, which is a major problem with 059 and 066 gauge in low A.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-14-2004, 12:41 PM
 
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I use drop-C exclusively, and use the bottom five of the Ernie Ball 11-48 set, with a separate 60 for the low C. I should also mention that I pick really hard, so anything lower in gauge and it goes sharp and out of tune all the time.
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