PRS 227 Baritone C Standard String Gauge

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  1. Breeze

    Breeze SS.org Regular

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    Hi,

    I recently purchased a PRS 227 Baritone and it came in the post set up for B standard tuning.

    Ideally, I'd like to be able to tune to C standard and have the option to downtune but the string tension is pretty tight at B standard; so I can't tune up to C standard for fear of snapping them (Most of the time I'll be in B standard, but occasionally I'd be tuning to C).

    I've checked the PRS site and it says it ships with 14-68 strings, so I'm thinking about putting some Ernie Ball Not Even Slinky 11-54 strings on it.

    Would these strings be ok to put on this guitar? And if so, is it worth getting the cobalt set?

    Totally new to baritones, so any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks
     
  2. mnemonic

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    From 14-68 to 11-54 is a big change seeing as you only want to tune up a half step.

    Do you like the tension of the 14-68 and want to replicate that in C? Or are you happy to reduce tension? If you want to keep the current tension, I would look for something like 13-65 or something.
     
  3. jwade

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    I would recommend a 13-62 if you want to hover between B and C. It's quite nice on a 28" scale baritone LP, so I imagine your 27.7" PRS would feel good with this set. The 14-68 is overkill, but dropping to a 54 is a pretty significantly lower amount of tension.

    Something like this should work for you:

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  4. kamello

    kamello DESU METARU!

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    for C standart and that massive scale I would definitely go with the 11-54 set




    hell, even 10-52 as I currently use that for Drop C in a 25.5 scale guitar, keep in mind I prefer low tension strings
     
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  6. GuitarBizarre

    GuitarBizarre Listen to physics.

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    I tune my Steinberger 28.625" baritone to C, using 11s. For me that's perfect, but I'm on a significantly longer scale.

    I'd advise you use at least 12s to tune to C on a 27" scale.
     
  7. prlgmnr

    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    How is it anyway? I'm thinking of getting one because I can't really see any obviously better 6 string baritone on the market. And I just like the idea of playing extreme metal on a tasteful sunburst PRS.
     
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    GuitarBizarre Listen to physics.

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    http://www.steinberger.com/st2fpa.html
     
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    Thanks for everyone's suggestions so far.

    I am pretty happy with the tension on my guitar at the minute but I think I'd prefer it a bit slacker, but not much.

    I think I'll go with the 13-62 D'Addario set. Cheers for the advice.
     
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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    I nearly got one of those but I was concerned that it isn't easy to get the strings for it and I don't find the looks of it particularly inspiring, petty though that may be.
     
  11. GuitarBizarre

    GuitarBizarre Listen to physics.

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    I'm not using double ball on it - the headpiece accepts single ball strings just like a strandberg does.

    You'd be surprised how versatile the 2 band EQ is, as well.
     
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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    It's certainly a thing I'm keeping in mind because of the versatility of it and the fact they're not particularly expensive to get hold of.
     
  13. Breeze

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    Honestly, it's brilliant.

    It plays very nicely and it sounds great clean as well as overdriven. Sounds just as good for jazz as it does metal. The tasteful finish did it for me too. Playing death metal on a guitar that isn't black is a rare novelty.
     
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    I have the semihollow 227 and I recently just threw a set of 12-60's on there and at Bb standard they're a little too loose. Might be good at C standard.
     
  15. LordIronSpatula

    LordIronSpatula Indeed.

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    Bb standard?
     
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    Yep that one... I hadn't had my coffee when I was writing this :lol::lol:
     
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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    Anyone got a view on the 2017 version of these over the earlier ones?

    "Improved" pickups, but I might be thinking of swapping the pickups anyway.
     
  18. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    I use an 11 - 56 set and I find it's perfect. Not too loose, and not too slinky.
     
  19. LordIronSpatula

    LordIronSpatula Indeed.

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    Does this apply to the semi-hollow? I was eyebaling some of the '16 ones since their prices are dropping. May not be worth it if they don't sound as good. I've loved the sound of the new ones in demo videos...
     
  20. rockskate4x

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    len 27.7
    C4 .0115 dapl == 15.94#
    G3 .015 dapl == 15.22#
    E3b .019 dapl == 15.39#
    B2b .030 danw == 18.61#
    F2 .042 danw == 19.56#
    C2 .054 danw == 17.98#

    This is what I would probably start with. It looks remarkably close to the tension you get on your dad's standard tuned telecaster with a regular set of .010-.046
     

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