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Old 01-29-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
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Bought a gibson explorer, can I switch between standard and drop c?

Right now it's factory, and playing standard very good. I do get a free setup for it later - most of my stuff is in drop c, but I'm going to keep it in standard for a while to cover some stuff that really utilizes the standard tuning.

Once I set it up for drop c, if i put lighter strings on, can i put it back to standard, and vice versa, as long as I get the appropriate strings? I hear of some guys doing this but I dont want to wreck my baby.

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Old 01-29-2013, 03:44 PM   #2
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Yeah....

I do this with my explorer all the time, as long as the string gauge is complimentary to the tuning it should be fine,

You will probably get some buzz, but nothing disastrous.


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Old 01-29-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:12 PM   #4
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Well, my common sense told me that if i need it setup for drop c then i wouldnt be able to switch between...
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:18 PM   #5
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Just set it up for 10's and you can go back and forth.
I use the (11 - 48) power slinkys and tune to whatever I want.
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:02 PM   #6
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My friend uses 12 set in standard tuning. And the guitar will not explode if you use heavier strings.
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:32 PM   #7
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Set the guitar up for a tuning in the middle. E Standard and Drop C doesn't have an easy mid-point, so what I'd do is set up for Eb Standard with the 6th string tuned down another half step to D. That way you're moving everything a pretty even amount.

The main problem you'll have is choosing a string gauge that feels right in both tunings. Consider mixing sets up, or using more unusual gauges like .0105 instead of .010, for example. Again, try and choose what feels best to your hands in that middle tuning. It'll then feel a bit too tight in E Standard and a bit too loose in Drop C, but a little bit off in each is better than right for one and totally off for the other.

If you're sure you'll only be playing in one tuning for quite a while, just set it up for that tuning, use a strain gauge that feels right for that tuning and leave it like that; when you do eventually change tuning, set it up all over again. Changing tuning/set up isn't really a problem unless you're doing it more than say, once every two weeks. If you do need to change that often, try doing as I said above.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:36 PM   #8
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Ah alright. Ususally I use 12's for drop c, and get it set up for that. I'm primarily a piano player, so tech isn't really my forte. I take it to a shop to get set up and it's expensive, so as long as i'm not DAMAGING anything, i'll probably get it setup for drop c and then put ligher strings and play it instandard when i cahgne strings sometimes. I know i did chip a nut on my les paul for not filing the nut for 12's, but i think going smaller would be okay.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:12 AM   #9
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Ultimately, the best solution is to have a guitar dedicated exclusively to each tuning you intend to us a lot of he time. Saves time, saves wear & tear.










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Well, my common sense told me that if i need it setup for drop c then i wouldnt be able to switch between...

Yes you can, you just have to set the guitar up again with a new set of strings. Impractical, but that's life when you're making such a jump in tuning.

having a set of super heavy strings like 12-56 in E is not going to make your guitar explode. That's what i meant about using common sense.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:05 AM   #12
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought it was bad for the neck (even a Gibson neck) to constantly switch tunings. I thought it strained the neck or warped it or something.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought it was bad for the neck (even a Gibson neck) to constantly switch tunings. I thought it strained the neck or warped it or something.

It's nonsense.

If that was true, then why don't all guitars with floyd rose's have warped/twisted necks?
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Changing tunings and set up frequently is bad for the neck, if you take it to extremes. I've seen a few guitars that had their necks warped because the owner tried to play in one tuning for two songs, then another tuning for another couple of songs, then retuned it again and left it by a radiator, then took it outside and... you get the idea.

Guitars are made out of wood. Wood will shift. If you mistreat it, it may shift in a way which renders the guitar unplayable. However, guitars also have truss rods, and these keep the necks in-check under most circumstances. Just don't be stupid with your guitar and it'll be okay.
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