Poll: Which would be better
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View poll results: Which would be better
D'Addario set
11 42%
Ernie Ball set
10 38%
Something else
5 19%
Voters: 26.
#1
Alright, so I've decided I want to take my guitar into a shop (RG3EX1QM) and have it setup for some heavier gauge strings.

Right now I have some D'Addario 10-42's that are just too loose for drop C, so I was thinking some sort of 11's would be a good option. I want to still be able to play in standard without any huge issues, as well as drop C.

I was thinking either D'Addario EXL116 or Ernie Ball 2267

D'Addario ones - Gauges: 11-14-18-30-42-52
Ernie Ball ones - Gauges: 11-15-22-30-42-54
Current set - Gauges: 10-13-17-26-36-46

So, let me know which one is the better choice, or if something entirely different would be best.
#5
I personally like D'Addario Light top Heavy bottoms. I don't play in drop C though. I usually play in E Standard now. I used to do the D Standard thing and they worked great for it too. The lowest I went was Dethklok's tuning and Between the Buried and Me, I can't remember if they were the same or which was lower. The Light Top Heavy Bottoms worked well for everything I threw at them.
Last edited by JELIFISH19 at Mar 22, 2009,
#6
yeah definitely the 12's for drop c. Or Ernie Ball Skinny top Heavy bottoms.
#8
DR strings.. theres a set called medium-heavy there something like 10-52 i think im going to set my guitar up with those strings =D i use the mediums now and they sound amaizngggggg
#9
I like Ernie .10-.52s for anything from standard E to two and a half steps down to B.
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Gibson Goth Explorer
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Ibanez Weeping Demon
Boss NS-2
MXR 10 Band EQ (black, not blue)
#11
I don't like D'Addario too much and they're WAY too bright when you first put them on. It's really annoying me.

I'm also using DR on 3 of my guitars at the moment and they're ok, i like them more than D'Addario. However, i think ernie ball is my favorite. I haven't tried them for a bit, though.
#12
Rotosound...

and i was in a nu metal band for a few weeks (no surprise)
and i have 9's on my ESP and it handled drop C... and thats as low as i could go hahaha......


but yes, i use rotosound for all my electrics... superb strings if you ask me
#14
My only concern with going to 12 would be for standard tuning. Wouldn't there be way too much tension in standard tuning with a set of 12's?... or am I mistaken?
#15
Dean Markley Blue Steel .13s sound great when down tuned.
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2010 Carvin ST300C
1994 Jackson Soloist XL Professional
2008 "Jacksbanez"
2007 Gibson Flying V
2003 Epiphone Les Paul Plus

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Peavey Vypyr 15
#16
Quote by passive64
My only concern with going to 12 would be for standard tuning. Wouldn't there be way too much tension in standard tuning with a set of 12's?... or am I mistaken?

not sure, SRV played 13's and went one half a step down
#17
Quote by passive64
My only concern with going to 12 would be for standard tuning. Wouldn't there be way too much tension in standard tuning with a set of 12's?... or am I mistaken?


It's not too much tension. You'll want to get the truss rod adjusted but it's not a huge deal. Alternatively, you could leave the guitar in Drop C with 12's and when you want to play standard, tune the low string to D and snap a capo on the second fret. BAM! E standard.
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Last edited by Free to Guitar at Mar 22, 2009,