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Unread 02-06-2011, 01:23 PM   #251
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Tuning to G standard - strings?

Sorry, I searched and couldn't find anything helpful. There was so many results that weren't even closely related for some reason. I'm tuning to G standard with 62s and it's incredibly loose, but I've only been messing around. I searched around some websites but couldn't find strings that look decent enough to use. What do you suggest? I was thinking 70s, but I can't seem to find any.
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Unread 02-06-2011, 01:26 PM   #252
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I tune my 7 string to drop G# (that's D# standard with low G#), and use 11-49 + 70. It's a perfect match for my hands.
I would suggest a 70 for G also.
I use D'addario strings from Strings Direct website. The string is NW070. They always have plenty of less common gauges in stock and deliver very quickly. Also good deals on multipacks.
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Unread 02-06-2011, 02:50 PM   #253
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What similar American websites could I purchase strings?
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What similar American websites could I purchase strings?
www.juststrings.com
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Sorry, I searched and couldn't find anything helpful. There was so many results that weren't even closely related for some reason. I'm tuning to G standard with 62s and it's incredibly loose, but I've only been messing around. I searched around some websites but couldn't find strings that look decent enough to use. What do you suggest? I was thinking 70s, but I can't seem to find any.
What sort of strings do you like in E standard?
If you like 10-46, go with something like 80-59-46-36-26-17
That would give you the same tension (just about anyway).
If you like 9-42, then 70-52-42-30-18-14.
If you like rediculously tight strings like me, and would use 12-54 or 13-56 in standard, then go for 90-70-52-42-30-18. I'd go for this set, personally.
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I bought some baritone guitar strings and the low 72 won't thread through the tuners on an Ibanez RG7420. Fail.
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I bought some baritone guitar strings and the low 72 won't thread through the tuners on an Ibanez RG7420. Fail.
Just drill out the tuner hole with a .078 drill bit.
Don't unwind the string; I have done this twice, and the tone of the string became deadened due to the windings loosening further up the string. I certainly didn't expect this.
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What about a set like:
0.10 - 0.13 - 0.17 - 0.30 - 0.42 - 0.52 - 0.68 ?
try d┤addario EXL157 0.14 - 0.68 and add a 0.11 or something. those are typically d┤addario - brilliant and powerful forever. i haven┤t tried it yet but i┤m gonna.
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im new to 7's i currently own an ibanez RG7321 25.5 im plannin to tune it down to

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would 11-60 work for me do i need to set the neck and bridge height?
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What gauge would you folks recommend for the following two configurations?

- 6 string - Drop C tuning
- 7 string - Open C tuning a la Devin Townsend

Preferably something I can get right out of the box, although I realize that's most likely not going to happen for the 7 string.
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A#D#G#C#F#A#D# i use .10, .13, .17, .28, .38, .48, .60

any suggestions for more balanced heavy bottom? I've seen Dean Markley make a .10, .13, .17, .30, .42, .52, .60

would that be a bit more balanced?
Most 7 string sets seems like the company just picked random strings sizes out of a bag and stuck them in a set.
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A#D#G#C#F#A#D# i use .10, .13, .17, .28, .38, .48, .60

any suggestions for more balanced heavy bottom?
HRS-73 / .010-.013-.017-.030w-.042-.052-.064
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What gauge would you folks recommend for the following two configurations?

- 6 string - Drop C tuning
- 7 string - Open C tuning a la Devin Townsend

Preferably something I can get right out of the box, although I realize that's most likely not going to happen for the 7 string.

Drop C - 12-60 D'addario Heavy set
7 String Open C - 12-60 D'addario Heavy set + .080 D'addario.

Those will be well balanced and have perfect average (e.g. 10-46 in standard) tension for these tunings.

www.juststrings.com
www.stringsdirect.co.uk
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A#D#G#C#F#A#D# i use .10, .13, .17, .28, .38, .48, .60

any suggestions for more balanced heavy bottom? I've seen Dean Markley make a .10, .13, .17, .30, .42, .52, .60

would that be a bit more balanced?
Most 7 string sets seems like the company just picked random strings sizes out of a bag and stuck them in a set.
Sounds like a great set, apart from the .060 on the bottom. Swap it for a .064 and it will be perfectly balanced.
I would agree, the people who put these sets together have no idea about string tension at all. Especially considering they work for string brands
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What gauge would you folks recommend for the following two configurations?

- 6 string - Drop C tuning
- 7 string - Open C tuning a la Devin Townsend

Preferably something I can get right out of the box, although I realize that's most likely not going to happen for the 7 string.
For drop C I like the DR Laiho sig set, 10-14-18-32-44-56. They generally play in drop C too, so whoulda thunk . Daddario also makes a 11-14-19-32-44-56, but I hate D'addarios .
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Bb-Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-Bb-Eb is what I tune. Per Wiki, Loomis uses Ernie Ball gauge 9-46 (guessing the Hybrid Slinky set: 46-35-26-16-11-9)+66.

This seem like a balanced enough setup? On my Les Paul, i use: 010 .013 .017 .030 .042 .052 (Slinky Top, Heavy Bottom). Would the .066 still be a good fit with this set? Should I persue the hybrids and .066?
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Bb-Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-Bb-Eb is what I tune. Per Wiki, Loomis uses Ernie Ball gauge 9-46 (guessing the Hybrid Slinky set: 46-35-26-16-11-9)+66.

This seem like a balanced enough setup? On my Les Paul, i use: 010 .013 .017 .030 .042 .052 (Slinky Top, Heavy Bottom). Would the .066 still be a good fit with this set? Should I persue the hybrids and .066?
For the 10-52 set, get a .070. A 70 balances perfectly with a 52.
Also, 66 is too much for a 9-46 set. 64 would be a progressive tension balance and 62 would balance evenly. .066 balances exactly with a .050.
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Drop C - 12-60 D'addario Heavy set
7 String Open C - 12-60 D'addario Heavy set + .080 D'addario.

Those will be well balanced and have perfect average (e.g. 10-46 in standard) tension for these tunings.

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www.stringsdirect.co.uk
It's really cool that they have a pack specifically for drop C!!! Just ordered, hope I like it

Did a bit of googling and apparently Devin uses 10-56 + a 70 for the lowest string, if that's too weak I'll try your suggestion!
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It's really cool that they have a pack specifically for drop C!!! Just ordered, hope I like it

Did a bit of googling and apparently Devin uses 10-56 + a 70 for the lowest string, if that's too weak I'll try your suggestion!
This is why tunings are super confusing for most people, companies can't even label things correctly. They aren't a drop C set, they're a C std set. In drop C the low C is going to be a bit looser than ideal.

Look at the tuning of each string, it's C std - http://store.daddario.com/category/3...ra_Heavy_12-60
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Please help i wanna know if my guitar will break :)

Ok. I own an Ibanez Apex2. Two days ago i bought a 0.80 bass string to go down to standard 8 string tuning. I am preety satisfied with the 0.80 it sounds awesome but i dont know that much about tension affecting the neck. the guitar was factory set to 0.10 - 0.60 strings. Is that 0.80 string too much? I am very afraid to not mess up my neck. I really dont want to destroy my guitar. How much time does it take for a neck to bend under that string tension?
i just wanna know if this is safe or if I have to remove that string .
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It'll be fine, there will definatly be a trussrod/intonation adjustment in your future, but it won't hurt the neck whatsoever.

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Guitar necks are designed to withstand the force from the strings. I don't really think a neck has ever broken because of string-tension. If you're tuning to F# standard or somewhere around there, then there shouldn't really be much of an issue.
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ok thanks for the answers. i was thinking that 7 string necks have a limit of tension handling or something cause an 0.80 bass string is a pretty solid thing. yeah i tune to F so i think i can happily do my thing now . i'm relieved now
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Remember, strings will break long before the neck will.
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