How low can I tune my guitar?

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  1. adriano

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    Hey guys I have a Standard Guitar, the scale length its around 25.5"

    As the title says how low can I tune it ?

    Thanks

    EDIT: don't include drop tuning I only like standard.
     
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    it all depends on the tuning you want to achieve, the string gauge you are using, and the string tension you like to feel while playing. The rest is really up to you, and what you like


    a better question would be what tuning are you trying to achieve? so people can recommend you the best string gauge for it
     
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    It all depends on what you are comfortable with. I have played guitars with 24 inch scales tuned to A and they could manage to go further down. I am a little easier to appease since I like slinky strings, but if you bump up gauges, you can go pretty low.
     
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    A is definitely possible, but depends on the strings and the tuners.
     
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    I see guys, I'm trying to go for C Standard or B Standard.

    I don't like very thick gauge so if you recommend the lowest possible that works would be great. Thanks
     
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    Oh that's easily achieved. Pick up a D'addario 7 string 9-56 set, chuck the high E, and bam, done. I was thinking this would get into "I want to tune to the 0th octave" type stuff - trust me, C or B standard is nothing, you're fine tuning that low~
     
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    I wouldn't do that just because they cost more. 9s could work depending on your string height. I use 10-46s and tune to drop C with no problems at all and could easily go to B or A, but that would be starting to push it for 10 gauge.
     
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    11-56 will work just fine for C and B standard:yesway:
     
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    to infinity and BEYOND!
     
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    He said that he doesn't like thick strings. I think 11s are a little thick for B or C if he doesn't like them. Maybe Im wrong, but 10s would do just fine as long as your guitar scale isn't really short.
     
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    yeah but "Drop" C, the OP is asking about standard C or B, a big difference there
     
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    Its not that big of a difference, but he could always get 11s. I just didn't get why he would get a 7 string set though? Most 6 string sets are like $3-4 dollars while a 7 string set is 6-7 dollars usually. Just try out 10s and if you don't like them then go with 11s and both sets would barley cost more than the 7 string set.
     
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    C? B? 10-52 /11-56 /12-60 sets are readily available from almost all manufacturers. Don't overthink it, buy a set, tune up, go jam.


    I personally find I need 12's or higher on the high stribgs to keep from pulling them sharp when I fret. I also find that the lesser tension from down tuning makes the feel of the larger diameter of the strings less obvious to me. Just my $.02....
     
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    10s in b standard? Hardly.
     
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    Granted to have the correct string gauge, you can tune however the fuck you want. Even drop Zb. Yes, even that.
     
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    ive been down to f standard/drop e on a 25.5 6 string before using a 58 for the low string. You can easily do b standard on a 25.5 if you choose your strings correctly
     
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    Are you happy with the string tension of the gauges you are currently using?

    For example, if you like the way the low E feels with a .042 gauge string, to accomplish the same tension and feel tuning down to A you'd want a .062. For B you'd want a .056.

    I think a good starting point for A or B standard would be an 11-56 set since you wanted to go with the lightest possible strings. That will do B just fine and if you don't mind a looser tension it will do A.
     
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    Wow...that's less than 7 lbs of tension. I don't think I could handle that. It'd be like using a .028 for E standard.
     
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    Why all the hearsay on this? Just use a string tension calculator with the tension you like on your current setup, and buy whatever strings it recommends.
     
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    You can tune to drop-booty. Or booty-standard.

    With 25.5 I used a 12-56 set for drop-c, and would likely still be pretty balanced at c standard.

    Inflames use something like 13-60 for their stuff in c/b.
     

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