#1
how to tune guitar to drop d without getting loose strings?

i have an ibanez grg170dx
it has a tremolo
and string gauge is 9-42
i usually play in standard tuning but sometimes i need to tune to drop d.
but when i tune to drop d my strings get too loose.
what should i do?
i want to play in both tunings with this guitar. maybe i should change my 6th string to a thicker gauge?
i have a tremolo so if i change tuning on one string the tuning of other strings change too.
so what do you recommend? to change strings to a different gauge, if so, then what gauge?

thank you!
#2
Higher gauge of strings? Longer scale length? (New guitar)
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You can't do drop tunings with that, only down tunings (like down 1/2 step, whole step etc.)

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no, i dont need any effects. im thinking about changing strings. but i dont know what gauge should i buy.
i had 10-46 it was ok with drop tunings but when i played in standard it was too tight, my tremolo lifted up.

so maybe i should change only my 6th and 5th strings to a thicker gauge?
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Quote by scream92
no, i dont need any effects. im thinking about changing strings. but i dont know what gauge should i buy.
i had 10-46 it was ok with drop tunings but when i played in standard it was too tight, my tremolo lifted up.

so maybe i should change only my 6th and 5th strings to a thicker gauge?


i love the way 9-46s feel so i use those. however i like to drop tune a lot so i changed the 46 to a 52 and it works perfectly for drop tuning. you should give something like that a try.
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Quote by scream92
no, i dont need any effects. im thinking about changing strings. but i dont know what gauge should i buy.
i had 10-46 it was ok with drop tunings but when i played in standard it was too tight, my tremolo lifted up.

so maybe i should change only my 6th and 5th strings to a thicker gauge?


Maybe add a spring to your tremolo to keep it from lifting?
#13
i had 10-46 and those were really tight, then i tried 9-46 and those were still too tight for me, my tremolo went up quite a lot.

9-46 was alright for drop c tho.
so what should i do? i want to play in both tunings, standard and drop d...
it would be easier if i had a guitar without a tremolo.
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Quote by scream92
no, i dont need any effects. im thinking about changing strings. but i dont know what gauge should i buy.
i had 10-46 it was ok with drop tunings but when i played in standard it was too tight, my tremolo lifted up.

so maybe i should change only my 6th and 5th strings to a thicker gauge?

If your trem lifted up, you need to learn how to set it up...

You should just be able to open the back trem cover and tighten the springs down and you'll be fine... If you don't use the trem, put a block of wood behind it and tighten the springs down a good bit and then it won't move.
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#16
You have to level the trem afterwards by tightening/loosening the screws in the back of the guitar. There should be no reason your trem cant take higher thickness strings.
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#17
i know that but wouldnt it be too loose for standard tuning then?

if i changed the tremolo level/tightness then my tremolo would lay low. does it affect anything? i mean is it important to have a tremolo in balance? not too high , not too low?
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Quote by scream92
i know that but wouldnt it be too loose for standard tuning then?

if i changed the tremolo level/tightness then my tremolo would lay low. does it affect anything? i mean is it important to have a tremolo in balance? not too high , not too low?


Well, that's how it it supposed to be. It will take a whilte to get used to standard gauge strings, but you'll be fine.
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