Drop B String Gauge

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  1. leojohnson88

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    Hello,

    I've got a Solar E2.6 and it has a 24.75 scale length. Currently it's set-up in Standard with a 9-46 Daddario NXYL set.

    I'd like to tune to Drop B and was wondering if this set would work?

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W9KAQMQ/?tag=sevenstringorg-20

    PS: I do plan on taking it to my local shop to get the nut filed/set-up professionally.

    Thanks!
     
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    String gauge is personal preference. A 13-56 would likely be too heavy on the higher strings for most people.

    If you're using a set of 9-46 in E Standard I would suggest an 11-56 set instead to get you a similar tension profile for Drop B.
     
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    11 - 56 if you like some slack, 13 - 56 if you like some tension.
     
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    I still say that a 56 is too small for B with that scale length.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Its a taste thing. I use a 52 in B on a 25.5" scale.
     
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    I mean, more power to you, I just can't see myself being able to do that. For weedly deedly, maybe, but for heavy riffage? Thin wet spaghetti noodle...
     
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    All I do is heavy riffage and it works for me. :lol:
     
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    Maybe you have a different approach than I do. I play like I'm picking on a belt sander.
     
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    Put your guitar in drop D and see how u like the tension on the low string. If u like it then the 11-56 will be very similar tension in drip B to your current set up in drop D.
    If u want to go heavier then try the 12-60 set
     
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    I use these for drop B on a 25.5 scale and I wouldn't recomment going lower, especially on shorter scales. I find tuning the low B annoying already.

    If you can't make up your mind, use the D'addario string tension calculator to find out what set gives you the tension you want.
     
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    I used a 10 - 59 7-string set and loose the 10, but I tuned to standard B.
     
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    11-56 in drop B will feel pretty similar to the 9-46 in standard, though the 56 may be a bit loose. You might also try their 12-60 set, but if you do, I would also recommend changing out the plain 3rd string for a wound 22 or 24
     
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