DADGAD string gauges

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  1. Mullet

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    Hi Guys

    Looking for your experience on the best string gauge for 25.4 inch scaled guitar tuned in DADGAD.

    Thanks!
     
  2. bostjan

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    What do you use for standard tuning?
    I'd start with that, since you already have it, then, if anything needs to be beefed up, go up a notch on those strings that feel or sound thin.
     
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    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    Personally I find a 10-52 to be perfect for drop D. It really depends on if you like tighter or looser tension though.
     
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    I’d use 10-52 if that’s available. 10-54 would be even better imo, but I’m 99% sure that’s nonstandard. So you’d have to go stringjoy/etc.
     
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    Oh wow, I haven't heard about DADGAD tuning since college when one of my buddies got way into it and almost exclusively used it on his acoustic guitars.

    Are you planning to use it in a metal context? That's an interesting idea that I might have to mess around with a little bit...

    Similar to what's above...I've used 10-52 with DADGAD but in the interest of full disclosure that was on 25.5".
     
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    It’s the tuning John Browne uses for 6s
     
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    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    I'm a bit confused on how you would use it. I feel like you would really need to know music theory or at least most of the notes on a fretboard to utilize it.
     
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    Ah gotcha, he's the Monuments guy right?

    Back when my friend and I were in college, we figured out a lot of chordal variations that are easily accessible in DADGAD. I've never tried throwing some gain on there and seeing what riffs can come out...
     
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    Yeah
     
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    DADGAlD is a cool tuning because you avoid having a 3rd if you're using any sort of gain at all. Isn't it a Jimmy Page tuning? Or at least a tuning associated with him?
     
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    Had some comms from the man himself (John Browne) who has confirmed he also uses 10-52 for this tuning.

    Yeah - I plan to use this tuning as a experiment (my music theory could use a polish) and I’d also like to learn some of the Flux Conduct songs John plays almost exclusively on a 6, in DADGAD tuning.

    I should also be able to get it tuned into dropped C with the same set of strings, so kills two birds with one stone.
     
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    D'addario balanced tension set is your best bet. The low E is bumped up to match the A and D, so that will help with dropping to D a bit. The trebles are bumped up to match the wounds, that will help with dropping down.
     
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    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    Here is the BT 11-50 set.
    len 25.5
    d2 .050 danw == 16.24#
    a2 .037 danw == 20.56#
    d3 .028 danw == 21.3#
    g3 .019 dapl == 20.7#
    a3 .015 dapl == 16.25#
    d4 .011 dapl == 15.57#

    It's not going to get better than that without going custom, I think. Main issue is the G string. I'd start here and grab a single 18 too
     
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    personally I grew to dislike the 10-52 set for drop D . used it for years

    The D feels good but the A and D feel way too tight compared to the D

    I prefer to use the daddario 11 to 49
     
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    I play in DADGBD - so the high and low E are each downtuned by a tone.

    I take a pack of 10s and replace the 48 with a 54 and the 10 with an 11.

    Check a tension chart on Microsoft Excel and you'll discover you now have the same tension as a set of 10s in standard.

    You've got the best of all worlds:

    • Balanced, snappy and consistent tension.
    • Drop D with a 54 gauge (heavy).
    • Fairly light upper strings (fast).

    I have no idea why anyone buys 52-10 string sets for Drop D.

    In Drop D, you'll then have higher tension on your 4th and 5th strings.

    This is very basic logic. I really don't understand why so many people get confused by it.

    Compensate the strings that have been downtuned. Not the others.
     
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    Exactly. Off-the-shelf 10-52 sets are total junk for Drop D.

    Why would anyone want to increase the string gauge for two strings that are in standard tuning? Bizarre.

    Just replace the strings that have been downtuned, to compensate. Simple.
     
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    Thanks guys. Just reconsidered my decision in light of the logic presented. This coupled with a look-see at my existing SIT 10-46 strings, there’s no notable difference between these and the NYXL 10-52 set!! I’ll take your advice and switch things up a little. The 54 sounds like a good shout (I used this on my dropped C LTD JD600 a few years ago).
     
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    I use it because I like heavier bottom strings like the name on the packaging suggests, but I tune to E standard most of the time and started using 10-52 after using 9-42, so my idea is quite different from yours.

    I do agree that it's kinda unnecessary for people who typically use 10-46 to bump up the fourth and fifth strings if they want to go Drop D when it's better for them to replace the sixth string.
     

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