Ibanez RG970XL (27" scale) in Drop A string gauge suggestions?

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  1. StefanWest

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    I've taken my guitar to a local shop and they have had to go through 3 techs to fix my problem.
    Has anyone had ANY success using a baritone in drop A?
    And if so, what were your string gauges and brands?
    This is a floyd rose trem.

    I play anything from David Gilmour to Cloudkicker to In Flames.
    So plenty of soloing past the 12th fret on all strings as well as heavy chord and open riffing.

    Thanks..
    Stefan
     
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    what was your problem? I use d'addarios and use their tension calculation for their strings... I made an excel spreadsheet that lets me mess around with their gauges to make progressive tension sets. What i would do is use their tension spreadsheet or make an excel file like i did and start with the high E at 10-13 lbs and end up at low A with 14-17 lbs, with the strings in between progressing upward in tension until you get to the last, lowest string. this is all based on your taste, of course, but i try to keep gauges light on floyds because it's easier on the trem parts and makes using the trem easier.
     
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    Drop A should be a walk in the park with that guitar and scale length...

    Did they say what the problem was?

    I'm using 59 gauge for drop A on my multiscale 27-25.5".
     
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    We'll need to hear the problem first ;)
     
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    AEADF#B -
    problem- action was too low, string buzz, tail was too high spring adjustment, notes going sharp past 10th fret across the board
     
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    You need to bring your guitar to a proper tech. I'd get a refund from the shop you went to. I've come across so many guys who work as "techs" and don't even understand some of the most basic things about setting up a guitar. Get a 9-42(throw away the 9) and a 62 gauge to start with. I'm sure someone can recommend a good tech in your city that will sort out your guitar.
     
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    Sounds like problems any competent tech can fix. Too low action can be solved by raising the bridge or shimming the saddles or adjusting the truss rod.

    I think you should find a better tech or even do some research on how to set it up yourself. But at least get a refund from the shop lol.
     
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    Oh boy,I remember when I got my first floyd rose guitar (._.)
     
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    So, checking back in.
    Where do I Start?

    OK, so the "tech" or "luthier" as the manager calls him, has no tools to measure tension. He set my low E string intonation bracket as far back as he could away from the neck.
    Used a huge string and that caused everything to go sharp past the 12th fret.
    I wasn't happy, i said fix it and use whatever string you think you need to use.
    Got a call that it was ready. Showed up, the manger and luthier are nowhere to be found.
    The guitar is too twangy, there's fret buzz, the floyd is recessed back making it impossible to do a full step bend up......
    and I'm not getting a refund.
    I'm so frustrated.
    How is an apprenticed luthier so dumb?
    Was I asking too much for a drop A setup on a baritone with a floyd, and that the notes on the low E string be in tune with the D string after the 12th fret?
    I recently installed an Invader and the string on the bridge don't line up, was I missing a detail when ordering them?
    I picked up some Marc Halcomb Alpha and Omegas and hopefully they won't be twangy.
    Do I need to tune up to a drop Bb, or C to prevent some of these issues and find a fixed bridge for a drop A?
     
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    I had an RG1077XL, and a BC rich Beast, it's not my first.
     
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    I hope you paid with a credit card
    You can then file a dispute based on their foul actions and keeping your property hostage
    Their effort does not warrant pay if the service failed

    This guitar can be setup right, but yes, go fixed bridge next time

    Good luck!
     

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