#1
Hey guys,

So, now that I've formed a band, we've written some stuff, and are getting ready to start doing shows and maybe some recording, I've started to put a lot more thought into tone and have done a considerable amount of research on strings. I eventually decided that I want my G, B, and E strings to be pretty thin for easy bendability, but I want something a lot thicker for my E, A and D strings to get a better sound when I'm playing riffs on the low-end.

I shopped around looking for strings that would suit my needs and I found some Ernie Ball "Top Heavy" strings...which seemed pretty nice but the higher strings were a bit thick for my liking. So, I shopped around more and found some Ernie Ball strings for a 7 string guitar.

Now...what if i were to remove the D string from the 7 string pack and just string my 6 string guitar with those? The resulting string gauges would be 9, 11, 16, 32, 42, 52.

Would this work, or would having my guitar tuned to E or Eb put too much strain on the neck of my 6-string guitar? I don't really know if it's relevant or not, but it's a set neck, not a bolt-on.

If you're like me and are looking for this sort of "top-heavy" set up for your guitar strings, what do you use? Any feedback would be much appreciated.
Last edited by DarkN00b at Oct 28, 2009,
#2
ernie ball makes a set called "skinny top, heavy bottom" .... I don't know the gauges off the top of my head, but I used to use those.

if you change string guage drastically, you may want to check your intonation and action to make sure everything will still sound good.
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#3
^exactly they come in an orange package, i have power slinkys and they sound good on the top end but alil harder to bend on g,b,e. so id say go for what jpatan said