String gauges for Architects tuning

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  1. ikarus

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    Hi,

    I am getting a 6 string guitar with 26,5 scale length and I want to set it up in the Architects tuning B F# F# B E G# C# (basically drop B with a low F#).

    Does anybody use that tuning? Which string gauges do you use? What is a good starting point?
     
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    String tension calculator
     
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    12-60 should be good with 26.5” scale length.
     
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    I don't use that exact tuning, but my main guitar is in drop B. The gauges I use are 11, 15, 24 wound, 34, 44, 64. I would try gauges around there, but bump up the lowest string to at least a 70 or 74.

    What strings do you like for the tuning or tunings you play in normally?
     
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    I use 12-60 for drop B on a 25.5 scale. The low F# depends on your preferences and your scale. As mentioned before, use a string tension calculator to find a gauge for the tension you want. Somewhere between 70 and 80 should be sufficient on 25.5 scale.

    Edit: According to a recent interview, Josh recorded Holy Hell with a baritone LTD (27" ?)
     
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    Yeah he confirmed that to me. Holy Hell is all 27 inch scale ltd with fishman fluence moderns.
     
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    Hey guys, thanks for the answers.

    I opted for 11 - 60 set and the 60 will be changed for a 70.

    I normally play 10 - 52 in drop C on a 25.5 guitar.
     

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