#1
What string gauges to use for Drop C tuning and still be able to play in standard?

What I am asking is what string gauges i should use to tune to Drop C.

As in, you know how loose strings normally are in standard when using regular gauge (assuming .009)? What gauge would i need to get that same feel in drop C tuning.

Also, using said gauges would mean they would be pretty tight in standard, but would the guitar still be playable?

NOTE: Im talking about a gibson SG

thanks
Last edited by gpowsang at Nov 23, 2008,
#3
.11's or .12's maybe. .11's aren't that tight as I'd like to be in Drop C, but they're manageable. If you feel that they are too loose, try .12's. This all depends on your finger strength as well, just make sure you get your action adjusted and such when you're switching gauges.
#4
I get about the same feel with .12s. They are alot tighter in standard. But once you get used to them the tone is so much better.
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#5
^ok thanks for all the replies

but just to be sure we are all on the same page. I want gauges that will let me play in C with the same ease as one would normally play in standard tuning with normal gauges (i think .009s) in terms of looseness, BUT still be able to tune up to Standard (knowing that the string will be a little tighter)
#6
Does your guitar have a tremolo? Ive found that .12s get about the same feel as standard in drop c. They are tighter in standard but it really does improve your sound.
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#8
10s or 11s. personally i say 11s. 11s in C standard were awesome when i had my ibanez set up for that
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#11
Keep in mind if you get 12s and play in standard you need JEEBUS fingers to play bendy solos...
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#12
I've used 10-52 on a Les Paul (same scale as your SG) and the tension was fine for me. 10-52 was also nice on a 25.5 scale guitar but I think you would be fine with 10-46 on that scale. I use a 10-46+59 for my seven string in D standard+low A and it feels fine.
#13
I did the same thing once, and I used .11s.
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#14
I use .11's and they go okay.
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#15
I'm going to try the same thing but do I have to adjust my action? lol I don't even know what that is and how to do it.
#16
when you say .11's, you mean 11-48, right? That's far too sloppy for drop-C, imho. 11 - 52 at least. That works great in standard as well.
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#17
I would get .12s if I were you.

I play in D standard and I use GHS Boomers .11s, they work perfectly for me.

But, that's probably just me.

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