#1
Ok so I own a Ibanez S520EX, factory setup with .009 - .46 strings. It's tuned to E standard at the moment, but I'm thinking about putting it into drop C and playing some CoB and stuff. Anyway. What string gauge would you guys recommend, and how much adjustment is this gonna take? Thanks a lot.
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#3
I've got the same guitar and it's in Drop C right now. I'm playing with .012-.054 strings.
I think I adjusted he neck a bit but I'm not sure about that (too long ago). It might be ok if you don't adjust anything. I'd recommend you to ask a luthier if you wan to be on the "safe side"
#4
I use somewhat the same (.010-.046) gauge strings as you and my guitar is fine in drop c.
#6
.10-.52? it's pretty much .9-.46 for Drop C.
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#7
10 - 52 on my drop tuned guitar, it's in drop d right now, but handles drop c just as well with that guage.
#8
12's would work, but if you want some really deep crunchy lows and some awesome sustain I'd just go with some 13-56's I just ordered some from dean markeley and i love them. But there a little harder to bend.
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#10
Quote by biga29
12's would work, but if you want some really deep crunchy lows and some awesome sustain I'd just go with some 13-56's I just ordered some from dean markeley and i love them. But there a little harder to bend.



I thought about those as well. I find .012-0.54 to be a bit too thin. It feels like playing 0.008s on standart lol...
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#11
If you want to keep the same tension, go up one gauge for every whole step you tune down. You're tuning down a whole step, E to D, for all strings but the bass, so 10's. Ideally, you'd want a "light top, heavy bottom" set of 10's, to compensate for that low C.

Personally, I prefer the feel of 10's, so I'd use 11's, but that's me.
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#12
If you change string gauge you have to do intonation as well. I went from 9 to 11's and just a couple turns from the screw driver and it was fine.