String Gauge for Droptuning

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  1. Hojo09

    Hojo09 SS.org Regular

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    Hello, so I am a complete string gauge noob, and have been neglecting my 7string for too long. A lot of music I'm wanting to play at the moment is Drop E or so. Unfortunately my guitar is only 25" scale, which sucks for me, but what can ya do

    My question, is what the most comfortable gauges would be for drop E, if I still want to tune up closer to b standard as well?
     
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    What gauge and tuning are you used to playing?
     
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    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    Regardless of taste I would probably suggest a 74 as it will be very tight but not utterly insane close to B (pretty normal in G-A), and loose but at least not too thick and dark on that scale length, when in E.
    For the rest of the set - what are the highest and lowest tunings and the gauges you'd usually use for B/E standard?
     
  4. PRS_Baritone_Vito

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    One thing you might run into is the tuning peg for your low string won't be able to take a really thick string. You may need to have the hole drilled out a little bit to accommodate it. I ran into that problem on one of my 27" baritones. It wouldn't take a 74 gauge. That was a little shocking since I figured the tuning peg would be a little larger in that guitar.
     
  5. AndiKravljaca

    AndiKravljaca SS.org Regular

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    This will give you a reasonably good approximation of what tensions you want to be at. Start with a set you like in a tuning you like, for instance 10-46 in an E or Eb tuning, and then tune down, and find the gauges which give you similar tensions.

    http://stringtensionpro.com/
     
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    akinari SS.org Regular

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    That's been broken for a couple of weeks.
     
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    i like 9s in drop a.
     
  9. couverdure

    couverdure No Gear Day

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    Another one to add to the list. This one is the most useful IMO because you can put in your own specific gauges and scale length (multiscale included like 25.5-27" for example).
    http://www.stringulator.com/
     

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