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#1
Okay, I wanna tune to Drop B so I can play some Bring Me The Horizon style metal. But Im not sure what gauge to use. I want it to feel about like Drop D with 10s but sound like Drop B. What string set should I get? Im not too fond of Ernie Ball by the way...

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Last edited by David1212 at Nov 28, 2009,
#2
11's or 12's i guess
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#5
i just got a pack of 7 string strings and used them all but the .09 to put my guitar in Bb standard. it should work for you. it's like .11-.60
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#6
I use 12s because they hold lower tunings way better, and BMTH plays in drop Bb now too...
#8
11's or 12's, depending on how loose you want the strings.


Also, "Stick for me" means that if you click the "stick for me", this thread is kept at the top of the Guitar Building and Customizing page for your user account.

This stops you searching through pages of the forum to find your thread.
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#9
Okay. Im going to get some 12- high 50 xD
And I know BMTH is in Drop Bb now. But I like their older sound a little better. More HxC.
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#11
I'm in B right now. 56-12. Perfect.
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#13
12-56 or 12-60. Just get a 7-string set and take out the D string or the high E.
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

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#14
i guess you would call them 13's, but i ues regular light 7 string, by d'addario, in the shop its blue with a orange circle, says XL nickel wound.

i use them for A and have used them for B. they should work well.
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#15
im using DR hi-beam mega heavys
theyre 56 46 36 26w 17 13.
personally i wish someone made some strings that were like
56 42 32 20 15 11
i think thatd be perfect for Drop B
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#16
I have a cheap guitar that I keep in drop B full time. I use 13-56, they work pretty well . Maybe *slightly* less tension then my .10's in standard...
#17
I wouldn't recommend .11's like so many people are saying.. They'd feel awfully slinky in that tuning.

Keep in mind that scale length will make a difference here: 25.5" will have more tension than a 25" or 24.75" scale guitar.

I would say either a .12-.54 set on a 25.5" guitar or a .13-.56 set on a 24.75" guitar.

You may also find you don't like the feel of the higher strings with those guages - if that's the case, just keep experimenting. You're bound to find something that works for you.
#18
Quote by speeddemon93
I have a cheap guitar that I keep in drop B full time. I use 13-56, they work pretty well . Maybe *slightly* less tension then my .10's in standard...


Purely from a physics standpoint, you should have a little more tension with that set.

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If you're not sure what brand strings you like, an internet forum can't help you there. Strings are about as personal preference as it gets, it's going to take a fair amount of experimenting.
If you haven't already - D'addario is probably the best place to start, however. Ernie Ball strings are very popular as well.
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#19
I use Titanium coated Ernie Ball Beefys, I believe they are gauges 54-11. Perfect for C Standard/Drop A#, in my opinion. 25.5 inch scale, btw.
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#20
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Um no, Mick and Jim both use 60-12.

WRONG.
They used to, they both use .9's on the entire all hope is gona album.
How the **** it's not floppy i have no idea.


Anyways TS, take a look at GHS Boomers .11 set.
They're amazingly good for drop tunings, and the sound pretty decent in Standard as well.

It's what I use, And I can go to drop f# with them. So there pretty well rounded.
They take a few days to get used to, cause the lowest 3 strings are pretty big, but once you get used to them, you can pull off pinch harmonics, shred, and legato like you've been doing it for your entire life.

I'd get you a link, but I can't remember the exact name of the set... :/


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#21
Aight, I was looking at Not Even Slinky Drop Tune sets. Those would work well for Drop C-Drop Bb right?

&& I love how my guitar feels in Drop D with my 10-46(Besides the 46. A lil floppy for me) I just like how Drop B sounds. So 13-56 should work for that right??
#22
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im using DR hi-beam mega heavys
theyre 56 46 36 26w 17 13.
personally i wish someone made some strings that were like
56 42 32 20 15 11
i think thatd be perfect for Drop B


Read my previous post, I'll do my best to gewt ahold of the set name.
David, you don't need that crazy of a string gauge, check out the set I described, they're the lowest you'll need, the string tension in drop B feels like drop D on a set of .10's

EDIT!!!!!
The Strings are called GHS Heavy Weight Guitar Boomers Set GBZWLO


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#23
But I use 10s in Drop D, and Im going down a step and one half. I dont see how an 11 in drop B would feel the same as 10 in Drop D. But you know what, Im not an expert. So Ill take your word for it.
#24
Check my last post, and trust me. I can post you a link that proves what I'm talking about, you'll understand the moment you see the actual strings.

One sec, you don't have to watch the video, just look at the lowest 3 strings.
Skip to 0:59 in the video. That should explain everything.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP9_HmMRap0


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#25
Uhmm. Just wondering, what am I looking for in the video? xD

&& Whos the crappy guitarist? haha just kiddin, good cover mate. The cameras quality is kinda sucky though lol

Edit: I looked at those strings. They're even thicker up top than than the ones I was going to get. The ones you put where 11-70. 70s frikkin ridiculous! I dont think that will even fit on my guitar nut! XD
Last edited by David1212 at Nov 29, 2009,
#26
Trust me, you only gotta file down the nut slots a little bit to fit the first two strings, maybe the first 3. But it's worth it for drop tunings, it really is.
And yeah, you weren't meant to watch the whole thing.. thats song's ridiculously hard to play on that gauge xD


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#27
whoa drop D with 10's is a little floppy for me. I like to have a .50 for Drop D. Anyways, get 12's. I'd get 12's if I were you. You may want 11's with fatter strings. Sort of like the 10-52's, but in 11's. Don't even know if that exists.
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#28
Mate, just to let you know. I just got down to Drop A# on 10's. But i'm on a 24.75" scale if that makes a difference, which I assume it does.
#29
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Mate, just to let you know. I just got down to Drop A# on 10's. But i'm on a 24.75" scale if that makes a difference, which I assume it does.

That should actually be extra floppy because there's less string tension on shorter scales How's your intonation?
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
Stupid name.
Probably picked "for teh lulz"

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#30
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That should actually be extra floppy because there's less string tension on shorter scales How's your intonation?



I've actually tuned to A# with .10 standard sets and do it all the time, I've even set my standard trem to play in A# without any problems, except the thinner strings dont sound very good, but non of the strings are floppy at all. I've innotated for A# and it innotated perfectly, sounded great too. You dont have to have a super heavy guage to tune to A# for that matter drop B. Your wound strings dont have to be thick, but your higher strings need to be thick to maintain tone in such low tunings. So a .46 E string and so on with wounded strings, and a .11 or .12 high E string will work perfectly for any drop tuning. So pertty much a light top heavy bottom set is what you will want.
#32
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That should actually be extra floppy because there's less string tension on shorter scales How's your intonation?

Intonation's perfect. Actually took the time to check it. And it's not even too floppy. Well, it is a bit, but it's easily playable, and sounds better than a well-paid porn star.
#33
I could NEVER use 10-46 in Drop B. I cant stand it. Its super floppy and really crappy sounding. I think 70s a little extreme for the E string though lol.
#34
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I could NEVER use 10-46 in Drop B. I cant stand it. Its super floppy and really crappy sounding. I think 70s a little extreme for the E string though lol.


It works for me, string tension is great


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#35
Alright. Well I need wait a few days before I get my new strings. My parents just bought me some like 1 month ago lol. Alright. So Ill get some of those 11-70s xD. I still kinda wanna try some 12-60s too.
#36
Good choice, try out the 11-70's, but don't knock em as soon as you try em. Like I said, they take some getting used to.

Also, depending on how big the string holes in your tuners are, you might have to drill the low E hole a tad bit bigger, but probably not. I had to, but my friend didn't. It depends on the guitar, really.

What type of nut do you have?


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#37
Not sure. The stock one on my guitar broke(It was right handed on a lefty guitar) so I had the people at my music store slap a new one on. Its white. Thats all I know xD
#38
11-70? Do you want to be able to bend at all?


i have 10 to 60 in drop Bb and i'm still going to go down to like 12 to 56 or something. 60 is to big for me, i mean i can play it, but it just isnt comfortable.
Don't get 11-70 i think you will be dissapointed big time. if i was you i'd try 12-56

That works in drop b. The Caparisons Angelus HGS guitars come tuned to drop B and have 12 - 54 on them. i'd give that a go mate.

making a big mistake going with 11-70s. your sacrificing your playing there, all you have to do is watch that guys vid (no offense towards the guy who's vid it is) but yeh as he said, its hard to play that song, and its gonna be hard to play many songs.
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#39
get a 7 string....no seriously, tuned to B standard u can play your metal-core and your regular stuff
#40
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I highly doubt it will fit a 11-70 string set, it'll just sit on top of the grove, thats like a freaken bass string almost. What you should try first, is get a light top heavy bottom set of strings, so your low E is is like a .46 or .56 and your high E is a .11 or .12

So light wound strings, heavy bare strings. Tuning down to B is extremly simple and does not require heavy guage strings. Despite what everybody beleives. I've been playing in Drop B and A# for years with .10's with a strat. And I can still tune to standard when I want. Try tuning to standard with a 11-70 set of strings, I guanrtee you will snap off your headstock.
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