When a guitar is setup for a certain tuning how far can it stray from the tuning?

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  1. Sklubby

    Sklubby SS.org Regular

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    Hello all

    This is my first post. I wasn't sure what I should title this thread.

    Anyway.....

    I recently bought a Ibanez RG7260 off of Reverb. It is currently setup for Drop G# tuning.
    If I tune this guitar up to Drop A tuning how detrimental would that be to the bridge/guitar?
     
  2. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    On a guitar with a floating trem, like your RG7620, you're going to have to set it up for the specific tuning you're going to use.
     
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    op1e Blood_Lust:Unlimited

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    If you pick strings that are a little lighter than you normally like, you can go up a half step. Same thing for the other direction. Whole step for your bottom string. But going back and forth with all strings more than a half step might be problematic. I used to be in a goth metal band in drop A and melodeth-ish band in A standard.
     
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    Sklubby SS.org Regular

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    The seller said the guitar has 10s so your saying if I put 9s on then I shouldn’t have any problems?
     
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    If slightly more bendy strings are your bag, than 0.09's will definitely do the 'ol trick-ola. 10's can easily do drop-A on a 7, though, so long as the bridge is properly set up and all that fun stuff, I have even gone up to 0.11's when looking for "my" gauge, though that is only recommended if you know what you're doing, at least IMO. :lol: Good luck with the new fiddle, bless us with some pr0n!!
     
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    I never go by "9's 10's 11's" cause the bottom string varies so much. 10 thru what? .046, .049, .052? 10-52 does about everything well. E standard all the way down to drop C on 25.5 scale. I run those and a .068 or .070 on my 7's for A standard, drop G.
     
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  7. Sklubby

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    That sorta thing is my bag......baby.......

    The bridge doesn't appear leveled. The seller suggested I try to increase the height of the bridge by turning the two large black screws on which the bridge floats, using an Allen key. He suggested I turn them to the left, wouldn't the left make it looser, therefore sink more?
     
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    Sklubby SS.org Regular

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    Thats a good point. I guess I can ask him what set and gauges were used.
     
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    Leveled in a high string to low string direction, or leveled in a nut to bridge direction? If it’s the latter, he has no idea what he’s tLking about. Thats adjusted with the trem springs in the back route.
     
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    feraledge Heard the Good News about Maple Fretboards?

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    Don't try to short cut. If you overthink it, you're not doing yourself any favors. Proper floating bridge set up is not nearly as complicated as people make it sound.
     
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    At the very least you will most likely have to adjust the trem springs. Its not hard though
     

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