Proper gauges for C# Standard Tunning

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  1. BuiltToDestroy2502

    BuiltToDestroy2502 SS.org Regular

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    So, I didn't know where to post this and I've posted about the problems with having over double double the action I'd like on my guitar already, so I'm gonna test out new strings to see if it helps. I'm currently using the Elixir Heavy set, .012, .016, .024w, .032, .042, .052, and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for C# Standard string gauges for a Floyd Rose guitar.
     
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    There is no such thing as 'proper gauge for _____ tuning'. You can find people using 8-38 gauge, as well as 9-42, 9-46, 10-46, 11-...... and so on just for E standard tuning--and that's not even taking into account those who use custom gauges. It's all based on personal preference. If you're having issues with action on your FR that's because you need to set it up properly; once properly set up for the tuning and string gauge you then set your desired action in the process.
     
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    TheWarAgainstTime "TWAT" for short

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    What don't you like about your current set? Which individual strings are too loose or too tight?
     
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    I like using

    D'Addario EXL115 Nickel Wound, Medium/Blues-Jazz Rock, 11-49 for my band that tunes to C# standard. I tried different sets and that was the sweet spot.
     
  5. endmysuffering

    endmysuffering I'm serious

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    I used to run a set of 11-52's for c# standard and I'd honestly reccommend bumping the guage because I still found them too light.
     
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    This works for me on C Standard, and I like strings a little on the loose side, so tuning up a half step would be pretty good.

    PL011
    PL015
    NW022
    NW030
    NW042
    NW056
     
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    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    I use the D'addario 10-52 light top heavy bottom set for Drop C and C# on my guitars and feel that it's perfect. I'm not sure if you dislike your current 12-52 set becuase it's too loose but I have most of my guitars set up with them. It's definitely a little tighter on my shorter scale PRS's but still great.
     

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