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#1
You guys think its possible or just too floppy?
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#3
Ah thought so. I might just put 9's on and leave my 56 on there. Think that would work?
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#4
I wouldn't do it personally, for Drop C I prefer a .10 set with a .52 low C.
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#5
Man... You have to keep the tension right, or else it will go out of tune at the slightest touch.
For drop C, i would suggest at least 12's, maybe even 13's.
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#6
Drop C = 12's or 13's
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#7
Yeah. I have 12's now and they are too big. I need to file my nut and I can't do that right now. So, I guess I just will reset it up for drop d :\.
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#8
i use .9's for C standard, its pretty floppy but it can be done
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#9
haha i like the strings really floppy but i use 10s
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#10
i've had 11's on mine for a while, drop c, i've only had to tune it slightly
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#12
My band plays live shows with 9's in drop C.
I have only 1 electric that has humbuckers though so i kinda have to as i use E standard D standard Drop D Drop C Doubled drop D and Doubled drop C.

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#13
I played in C with a set of 9's and a 10 on the high E (or high C, rather) for a while on a Epi Les Paul mostly cause I was too lazy to change to 10's and I really didn't encounter too many problems other than having a thinner tone that I would have liked.
#14
Why would you even wanna do something so dumb....? 9's are garbage at any tuning, come on!
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#15
also, if you kept 9's in drop c then tuned them up later, they might just snap from the sudden change?
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Why would you even wanna do something so dumb....? 9's are garbage at any tuning, come on!


I'm going to have to agree, even 9's in standard feel and sound pretty pathetic to me. I've always used 11's and I feel really weird using anything less than a 10.
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#17
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also, if you kept 9's in drop c then tuned them up later, they might just snap from the sudden change?


maybe thicker ones would, or if you kept it in drop C for a really long time.

i use .11-.52, and it works well for drop C.

i also try to put the guitar in standard tuning when i'm all done just so that doesn't happen (strings snap from tuning back up).
#18
i usually just keep one in drop c, one in standard, both with 11's cuz i'm cheap and buy sets of strings in 3 packs =P
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also, if you kept 9's in drop c then tuned them up later, they might just snap from the sudden change?

they will i was in double drop d tuned up to standard and high e broke last night also has happened two or there times b4
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#20
it's too floppy for standard tuning..
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#21
Man get some 11s/12s for Drop C.


... In fact get some 11s/12s anyway.
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#22
whoever said 12s or 13s for Drop C is a moron. Those are barely manageable for C Standard, much less Drop C. Drop C means all the rest stay in E standard [A440] but the bottom C is dropped down to C. Try tuning a 12 up to a high E. I will laugh when it snaps off and stabs you in the eye for your idiocy. Go with 10s and use at least a 56 for the dropped string.

EDIT: That's what Chris Cornell did. used a 56 string to drop his Les Paul down to drop B for Rusty Cage [which I maintain will forever be one of their better songs].
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#23
^He's evidently talking about D standard with a dropped low E... I know, it's not technically drop C, but it's a mouthful to say "D standard with a dropped low E string".

So it'd be DAFCGC.

However, on-topic, I'd say that 12's or 13's would be good. My favourite gauge for D standard (pretty similar to drop C, only the low E is different) is a set of 13's, so I'd guess 13's with a thicker (.056?) low E would be ideal for drop C.
#24
[quote="'[VictorinoX"]']whoever said 12s or 13s for Drop C is a moron. Those are barely manageable for C Standard, much less Drop C. Drop C means all the rest stay in E standard [A440] but the bottom C is dropped down to C. Try tuning a 12 up to a high E. I will laugh when it snaps off and stabs you in the eye for your idiocy. Go with 10s and use at least a 56 for the dropped string.

EDIT: That's what Chris Cornell did. used a 56 string to drop his Les Paul down to drop B for Rusty Cage [which I maintain will forever be one of their better songs].

you are an idiot. drop C (which is what TS is talking about) is CGCFAD, tuned down one whole step and then the lowest string is dropped down to C. Drop C is NOT CADGBE, which is what you're implying. learn more about what you're saying before you make a statement like that.

and my lowest string is 52 and it's not too floppy when it's in any C tuning.
#25
I have Daddario jazz lights in E standard on my stratocaster.
Thats essentialy .012s with thicker wounds strings and the G string is wound as well.
If those dont break in E standard then .012 standard guitar strings certainly wont either.

Although with a shorter scaled guitar it is tight as hell.
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you are an idiot. drop C (which is what TS is talking about) is CGCFAD, tuned down one whole step and then the lowest string is dropped down to C. Drop C is NOT CADGBE, which is what you're implying. learn more about what you're saying before you make a statement like that.

and my lowest string is 52 and it's not too floppy when it's in any C tuning.


Actually if we're going to be picky about it he's right, using the technically correct nomenclature "drop C" is CADGBE and the tuning everyone calls drop C (CGCFAD) is in fact "drop D down a whole step".

The fact of the matter though is that 99% of people think of CGCFAD when you say drop C.
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#28
I use .10-.46's for Drop C and it works fine. Messed with the bridge and now it stays in tune, too.
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#29
I wouldnt use any lower than 10-52s, I use 11-54s as a good medium gauge for drop c, still preference at the end of the day though!
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#31
That's my bad about being a dick about it >.< I probably should've made sure I was up to speed before I went off.
#32
i use 9's and drop to c alot of times yea sometimes you can feel that its a bit floppy but definatly managable if you only have one guitar to go between standard and drop C
#33
If you want to keep the same tension as your standard strings, go up one gauge for every step you tune down. So if 9's are your go-to strings, use 10's. Ideally, you'd use an even heavier gauge for the C string but you do what you can.

You could just use 9's but man, those things will be floppy, especially the bass. They'll tend to go out of tune more easily, doubly so if you have a heavy hand.
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#34
I use 9's on my guitars, drop C can be done but it sounds like a fart. you're best off looking at thicker strings. if you really want thinner strings i wouldn't go lower than 11's
#35
10-52's at the lowest, and only on a 25.5 scale. If 24.75 scale, i'd recommend 11-54's.

11's are about perfect for drop C assuming you don't have wimpy finger strength =P

And yeah, 99% of people call CGCFAD Drop C, get with the times ppl!
#36
I've had to do it out of neccesity.
And tony iommi plays in Db standard with 9's cos of his fingers.
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#38
0.11's or 0.12's
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#39
I've played Drop C with .09s.
It wasn't too floppy for me - it was very usable, but I prefer Standard tuning.
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I've had to do it out of neccesity.
And tony iommi plays in Db standard with 9's cos of his fingers.

It's D# actually. Backin the day, it was C# for all his guitars. Nowadays it varies between C# and D#. Interestingly enough, before he switched to 9s, he used banjo strings
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