#1
I'm going to set up my Jackson SLSMG Soloist for this ungodly low tuning. My band decided we're going to write some songs utilizing this. I know a lot of elitist type players look down on tuning this low, so whatever. My question is.. which strings would work best? I want as little rattle as possible while still being able to solo comfortably.

These are 2 that caught my eye. If there's better, then let me know!

Ernie Ball "Not Even Slinky" [56, 44, 32, 24p, 16, 12]
GHS "Heavyweight Boomers" [70, 52, 36, 18, 14, 11]

What do you guys think? I need to tell the guy who's setting me guitar up. I'd appreciate any help!
#3
The EB's should be fine.
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#4
either should be fine, if your looking to tune that low though id look into a baritone
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#5
You dont need 11-70s for Drop Bb.

Ive played Drop Bb with 10-52 and tension was still good.
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#6
On what scale guitar though? I've done that tuning on a Les Paul before with 10-52's and it was pretty flabby, but on a 25.5" scale it might be doable. I also think a Baritone might be better choice if you've got the $$$. Or a 7 string.......Hellraiser C-7's with their 26.5" scale sound brutal.
#7
Thirteens maybe? That chappie from Dimmu Borgir uses them for B I think.....
Never tried B on an electric, but my acoustic in in B acuse E hurts too much. Its got 12's, feels like a normal electric on E. Dont know the scale length, has 19 frets.
#8
For drop Bb, those will both be good sets. I'd say get both, and see which one you like more.
#9
For drop Bb I'd get a set of 13's.
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#10
I have those 12-56's in drop C right now and they are perfect, so I 'd say they might be a little sloppy for Drop Bb...
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#11
My band just went to Drop B so I put EB gauge 12's on my guitar. They work perfect and aren't loose at all, but it did require a bit of time to reset the action and intonation
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#12
Quote by GuitarDTO
On what scale guitar though? I've done that tuning on a Les Paul before with 10-52's and it was pretty flabby, but on a 25.5" scale it might be doable. I also think a Baritone might be better choice if you've got the $$$. Or a 7 string.......Hellraiser C-7's with their 26.5" scale sound brutal.



Heh, that was on my LTD which has a 25.5" scale.
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#14
The GHS heavy boomers are really nice, i had a set on my Krammer Striker 600 in drop A tuning and the felt really nice, not to loose at all.
#15
Quote by Mitochondria9
You dont need 11-70s for Drop Bb.

Ive played Drop Bb with 10-52 and tension was still good.


this. 10-52s (skinny top heavy bottom EB) are my favorite cause i can go from a kind of tense standard to a sort of flabby drop A. not quite IDEAL, but its great cause i change tunings alot. but if ur staying in a low tuning, i would suggest 11-56 (beefy slinkies).
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