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Old 07-17-2012, 03:25 AM   #1
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Question Ibanez RGA7 set up questions

So I'm getting an Ibanez RGA7 in a few days and I need to know what gauge strings to buy and what pickups to buy. It's a 25.5" scale neck and it will be in drop A (AEADGBe), so what gauge do you recommend for the low A? I play death metal/deathcore so low end is very important to my style. But I also shred a lot as well, so I need pups that work well with both high and low. Please help out a seven string noob like me, it will be much appreciated!
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:43 AM   #2
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I got a Rg827qm with same scale length, i have it set up with .010 .014 .018 .028 .0.38 .049 .060 high to low in the same tuning, i like it pretty tight, but i guess that a standard D'addario .010 to .059 works, but that low A would get a bit sloppy! The RGA comes factory tuned with that string set but i would suggest that you buy a larger B string like a .060 or larger!
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:53 AM   #3
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I do drop A with a .60. It works perfectly fine. I play in standard or Eb most of the time on my 7 but if I was going lower I would suggest bigger for sure. For Drop A the RGA works fine
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Personally I would go for a 10-46 with a 62 for the A
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:06 AM   #5
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We use the same tuning/scale length, my gauge is
.10 .13 .17 .26 .36 .46 .60

I've used tons of variations and that works best for me, my singer/guitarist uses gauge .12s and a .74 for his :O

Try out some different ones and see what feels better for you.
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on my 927qm, same scale length and all

I have it set up in drop A with 9's and a 56 on the bottom and that works fine for me, makes it much easier on the hands for the fast legato lead runs and more physically demanding and technical rhythm parts
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:24 AM   #7
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Sorry for bitching,but i dont think Death Metal and Deathcore are similar anyway,DONT go for a 59.My 7420 was floppy as hell with it.I'm going for a .65 bass string,you'll know how it feels as soon as i go and bring her back home.
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Not sure if any of this is going to help. As I play more Progressive Metal.

I got a RGA7QM with Ernie Ball Power Slinky. Tuned to G-C-F-A#-D-G-C. Wanted an .011 for my high C. Pickups are BKP. Cold Sweat in the Neck & Warpig in the Bridge. Chrome covered Alnico.
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:59 PM   #9
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GHS .10-.60 in drop A is what I play on mine. Feels good man.
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