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winterskeep 12-09-2012 10:21 PM

Best string size for standard D tuning
Hey everyone, :D

I know this is probably over asked but what is the best string size for standard D tuning? I like to have good tension, I'm thinking 11-54? Thanks in advance-

My specs:

B.C. Rich DLXJRVO Deluxe Jr. V
Frets: 24 jumbo 2.7mm
Factory strings: 9 42
Nut: 43mm
Scale: 25-1/2"

Tom 1.0 12-09-2012 10:36 PM

Just experiment and see what you prefer. I would say probably 10-52 would do fine. 11-54 may be a tad too much.

I always worry about people who don't know how to find out which strings will work for them. I mean guitars have edges.... They could hurt themselves.

pinheadslts75 12-10-2012 04:21 AM

It's all subject but I'd say go grab Dunlop Heavy Core 11-50s.

Kevin Saale 12-10-2012 05:06 AM

Its all preference. I'd want .012s at least, but you could use .013s or .014s, or you could use .009s or .010s.

Dan_5893 12-10-2012 05:15 AM

I use Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottoms for D-Standard, I think they're 0.10 to 0.52. Good tension and my open low D sounds great.

AxSilentxLine 12-10-2012 06:41 AM

inb4 D'addario string gauge chart. .10 - .52 would work nicely for D standard IMO

thebestjoe 12-10-2012 07:30 AM

For Dstandard/Dropped C (the one tuning I actually used a ridiculous string gauge in), I used to got a set of EB 8's and an extra 58 gauge. It was something like 8 11 14 18 28 38 and 58 tuned to GDAFCGD high to low. Then when I got the D thing put on, a 58 wouldn't fit in the tuning machine, so I started using a 48 instead of 58. worked just as well.

winterskeep 12-10-2012 06:07 PM

Thanks for the replies, I got some D'addario 11-52. chose 11 over 10 because I don't do a lot of bends and it adds a bit more tension.

suffersystem 12-10-2012 08:28 PM

I use .11-.54 myself and found they have been killer for standard D and drop C. .52 would work fine as well, really depends how you like your thickness. I have tried everything up to .59 and back down to .49 over the years, it's always sweet when you finally find the ones that fit your style/playing the best.

Viban 12-10-2012 11:55 PM

I use .10-.46 For everything from E to B standard.

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