Yet another "help, which string gauge?" thread

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  1. Bodes

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    I currently use D'addario 10-46 strings for standard E tuning on a 25.5" LTD.

    I have been asked to try out for a band in Drop B tuning. Could you guys please give me an idea of which string gauges would give me a similar tension?
     
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    I simply use 12-56 from Earnie Ball, they work perfectly well, but preference on string tension should always be a factor!

    Hope this helps!
     
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    Lukifer Need more gain

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    Thanks guys, will try the 12-56 as I do like the lighter tension. If not heavy enough, only costs $10 for a new set.
     
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    I'd go with DR DDT, at least .60 or their .65 set (which I prefer). I find that with the dropped interval on B you need a dash heavier. Depending on your guitar you might need to adjust the set up a dash too to get things just right.
     
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    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    62-13 will match :)
     
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    I'd go with 11-56, 11-58 (buy a 7 string pack), or 12-60. The tension might be less, but people forget how much more wider a 60 is compared to a 46.
     
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    noUser01 Still can't play.

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    You've got a few options... I would try a 12-56 pack first, and if that's not quite what you want then buy a 7-string set of some kind and don't use your high E. I've got a 62 on my low Ab and it's a tiny bit loose, but good. So in B I'd recommend a 60 if the normal 12-56 seems too light on your low B.
     
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    Yo_Wattup Kick the Butterfly

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    +1

    'not even slinky' is the package name I believe. Very good stings.
     
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    your best bet would be 12-56 not even slinky or d'addario 12-60 for a little added tension.
     
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    I'd use the D'addario 12-54 set and dump the lowest string for a 60. A 60 in B is virtually the same tension as a 46 in E.
     
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    Yes. I use dunlop heaviest set. Works well in b standard
     
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    Went to my local music store. The only string set that has been mentioned they had was the DR DDT 12 - 60.

    Sound good acoustically, will have to see how they go in a hot jam room later in the week.

    Thanks for all your help.
     

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