String gauge

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  1. Kaligvla

    Kaligvla New Member

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    I play a Shecter Blackjack ATX c-7 (26.5") on A-E-A-D-G-B-E tuning. The lowest string always seems to be out of tune a little bit. I was told that it is because the lowest string has to be thicker.

    What gauge would you recommend?
     
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    White Liquorice FNG

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    I used a 9-42 set + a 60, for drop A on my 26.5". Some prefer a 62.

    What gauge are you currently using?
     
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    Kaligvla New Member

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    As far as I remember, it was a 10-52 set of Slinkys.
     
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    Mike The Traveler

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    It's not necessarily the string gauge. Your intonation may need adjusted. Also the tuner might just suck for holding tune. You may want to consider a better set. If the gauge being used is too light and you're picking rather hard, then you could be knocking it out of tune. For that tuning and scale length, I'd say go with between .65 and .68. It will give you roughly 18 to 19.5 lbs. of tension (depending on the string manufacturer), which would be roughly the same feel as a .46 string in E on a 25.5in scale 6 string.
     
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    Winspear Tom Winspear Vendor

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    A 52 will suck at holding tuning in A because it has the same tension as a .034 E string.
    I recommend staying well away from most 7 string sets. They aren't even right in non-drop.
    Get a single 66 to match the tension of the other 6.
     
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    Kaligvla New Member

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    It's on almost every tuner, really. :D Also, because of the wrong tension, there are problems to set the intonation right for the low A string.
     
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    Kaligvla New Member

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    Yeah, I kind of figured that those sets are not appropriate by now. And what about the other 6?
     
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    chassless Don'tDeserveMyGuitar

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    on a 25.5", I like a 64 to a 68 for B. so I guess a 68 to 70 for A.
    by estimating, on a longer scale like 26.5", 64 to 68 for A would be similar. I like my strings pretty tight.
     

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