#1
Looking to get some great new electric strings for tunings like drop D, C, and B. I know the lights gauges aren't that great for lower tunings, but i also don't want strings thicker than i need.

Cany anyone recommend a brand/style and the gauges?
#2
I just use medium gauge Dean Markeleys and they work fine. its all sound preference really. but you want mediums
#3
I prefer .10 for drop D, .11 for drop C and B. I prefer Ernie Ball myself. It all depends on your preferance en the acidity of your hands. In my case for instance, GHS strings will wear out in a week of two.
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#4
It also depends slightly on what guitar you have. A Gibson guitar doesn't take to drop tunings as well as ibanez or ESP. Its got a short scale, so you might prefer heavies if you find you don't like the feel or sound of the mediums.

EDIT: You definitely don't need .12s for drop D or C, although if you're playing standard C or drop B than you might consider it.

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#5
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It also depends slightly on what guitar you have. A Gibson guitar doesn't take to drop tunings as well as ibanez or ESP. Its got a short scale, so you might prefer heavies if you find you don't like the feel or sound of the mediums.


I have an ibanez s520ex

Edit: so the recommendation is .11-.50?
Last edited by dcvlehr at Nov 22, 2008,
#6
Yea, I'm pretty sure that's a long scale, so you could probably get away with .11's. Mostly its up to you though. Drop B feels way different than drop D, so one gauge is gonna work better with one tuning.

EDIT: To look at it another way though, if you want a chunkier, heavier tone, thicker strings will work, although lead work is sometimes easier with lighter gauges.

I have a friend that plays in standard with .08's.
He has a measly tone, but damn can you shred on it.

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#7
I use Ernie Ball 11's on my LTD and Daddario (sp?) 12's on my Epi G-400 and they work fine for Dropped C
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