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Old 11-24-2012, 03:10 AM   #1
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String gauge for playing in Standard and D

Can anyone recommend a string gauge for playing in Standard and D 'standard'?
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:15 AM   #2
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Can anyone recommend a string gauge for playing in Standard and D 'standard'?


would help if you tell use the tuning for 'd standard' (it could mean drop d, double drop d, open d, or whole step down).

http://www.daddario.com/DAstringtensionguide.Page

this page will show you how to pick your own string tensions to keep the appropriate tension on your neck with any tuning.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:18 AM   #3
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I think D standard pretty much universally means the whole guitar down a step, but maybe I'm wrong. If that's the case, I would say at least 10s, 11s probably better. Thicker strings are generally beefier but harder to play. My two careers thus far have been mechanic and lumber mule, so my fingers have never cared about strings too thick.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:19 AM   #4
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I think a good set of 10-52's will do well for both. I use Ernie Ball Skinny top Heavy bottoms (10-52) for my PRS tuned to DADGAD.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:27 AM   #5
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Thanks for advice, think I will try 10-52
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Thanks for advice, think I will try 10-52


for an open D tuning?
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:34 AM   #7
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gumbi, I'm pretty sure he means DGCFAD. If that is indeed what you mean I use 10-46
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I'm using
11
14
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28
38
62
And I never go below drop D.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:58 AM   #9
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would help if you tell use the tuning for 'd standard' (it could mean drop d, double drop d, open d, or whole step down).


D Standard is a whole step down from E standard, not Drop tuning. Drop tunings are not "Standard" tunings, they are their own category, as are Open tunings. I guess official names are "E Concert" and "D Concert" tunings or something, but pretty much everyone through the interwebz calls them Standard and so does Wikipedia.



Anyway if lowest you go is D, I would say D'Addario's set of .10 strings for 25.5 scale guitar or .11 for shorter scale. Those are what I have found comfortable. You could put 11 for 25.5 too but they are quite stiff for E.
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You could put 11 for 25.5 too but they are quite stiff for E.

If you play acoustic often, it's not that bad. That's probably a bit of overkill really, my acoustic has .12-.54's on it and I can get it down to B standard.
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