Strings for drop A?

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  1. Jacksonluvr636

    Jacksonluvr636 SS.org Regular

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    Going to tune a 6 string, 24 Fret, 25.5" to drop A.

    The tension calculators never work for me (I guess I'm a moron). I want to keep my tension the same.

    Normally I'm in Drop C with 11, 14, 18, 28, 38, 49.

    What string set will give me the same tension in drop A?
     
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    mrstacktrace SS.org Regular

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    tabqwerty SS.org Regular

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    Buy a 7 string set and don't use the high E string.
     
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    Your current values as per regular D'addario strings (this will differ depending on brand and type of string material).

    0.0110 in. 15.58 lbs
    0.0140 in. 14.16 lbs
    0.0180 in. 14.75 lbs
    0.0280 in. 16.76 lbs
    0.0380 in. 16.63 lbs
    0.0490 in. 11.95 lbs

    A 10-59 D'addario 7-string set (minus the 10) will get you in the ball park:

    0.0130 in. 15.390 lbs
    0.0170 in. 14.77 lbs
    0.0260 in. 18.39 lbs
    0.0360 in. 19.04 lbs
    0.0460 in. 16.910 lbs
    0.0590 in. 12.60 lbs

    If you want values that are more exact then you would have to buy individual strings.
     
  5. Jacksonluvr636

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    Awesome and Thank you. Close enough for me :)

    And I'm using the D'Addario EXL115.
     
  6. TheWarAgainstTime

    TheWarAgainstTime "TWAT" for short

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    I would check out the D'addario Baritone Light set. It's 13, 17, 26, 36, 46, 62 and would be a better fit for drop A than the 7 string set since the bottom string won't have such a large gap in tension compared to the 46/E and you won't have to waste the high E string :2c:
     
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    FILTHnFEAR Dread it, run from it....

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    Love those strings. Have them on my 24.5" 6 string in drop B. Works great.
     
  8. endmysuffering

    endmysuffering I'm serious

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    I'm using d'addarrio 13-62 light baritones and they work pretty well. The low A is a bit loose but the rest of the strings work well.
     

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