I use: .059" B1 .046" E2 .034" A2 .026"w D3 .016"p G3 .012" B3 .009" E4 .007" A4 It's not balanced tension, but it gives me enough slack on the highs for bends and whatnot. Which tuning to use is subjective. Obviously there are some limits, though. If you tune too high, strings break. If you tune too low, your tone goes to crap. There is an awful lot of middle ground between the two, though. There are bands who tune standard and sound super heavy, and there are bands that tune to standard that don't sound very heavy.