#1
Hi (again),
I have bought many strings, this year I have actually gotten into guitar more than my beggining year (2008), i Have broken many strings and i have bought new ones with differnt gages, since i have no idea what im doing anyway I was wonder what is the best string gages for these tunings:
Standard Tuning & Dropped D & Dropped B (Rock, Grunge, Metal, Blues) for one guitar
Open C# Tuning (C#G#C#G#C#C#) (Grunge, Rock) for the slightley crapper guitar.
#2
Drop B for grunge and blues,what the hell's going on around here?
And also note that there are a lot of Standard tunings. From E to E an octave below and more. But I take it that you mean E standard.
E standard-gauge 9-10,9 is the best for it,10 is if you want a thicker sound but harder to play as you might've guessed. Not very hard but still slightly harder.
Drop D-9-10 works as well. 9 might make your lower E (or D in this case) play sloppy but nothing you can't get used to.
D standard- 9-10 gauge,tho you might wanna use a 10 or 11 even if your guitar scale's larger (25.5) because you'll feel kinda sloppy. Besides you get an even thicker tone out of it. Awesome eh?
Drop C-10 or 11, you might like the feel of a Light top-heavy bottom string gauge pack. They come in 9-48 10-50 and etc. Tho I prefer the heavier gauges (thicker tone FTW)
Drop B- It's just a half-tone lower but still you might find it sloppy even with 11 gauge strings. My personal favourite (on a 25.5 scale guitar)-Ernie Ball 12-56. Awesome thickness,wonderful for lower tunings. If you feel it's too rough on you try a 11 or,once again, a light top heavy bottom set. Phil Demmel from Machine Head uses such a set. 10-54 or 10-56 can't remember. But you'll need a thick lower string. At least 54.
Open C# tuning-for this tuning I'd recommend you get yourself a 10 gauge and deal with it. You might feel it's sloppy but hey,it'll be easy to play and it'll be the best option
#3
All it's really down to is personal preference.

Standard: 9s/10s
Drop D: Skinny top Heavy bottom? Or just 9s/10s
Drop B: I never play that low. I would say 12's, maybe even 13s.

I have no idea about Open C. Perhaps a custom set? :S


Anyway my point is everyone has different opinions. I have seen people play with 11's in standard tuning, but their fingers might as well be made of rock :P
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#5
10-52 does drop B decently.
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#6
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I use 11s for dropped D, and I don't find it sloppy!
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#7
My SE22 is drop tuned to a Bb two steps down. This type of tuning is actually pretty common with modern rock/grunge. I have 12 gauge strings on it right now. I actually had to carefully file the nut for a couple of them to fit. I might go to 13s. I found that if I don't go with heavier strings, I have to really raise the action to avoid fret buzz as the thinner strings get too sloppy.
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#8
I find a 9-10 hybrid gage works best for E standard, giving you heaver bottom strings and light, fast top strings.

I think that Skinny Top heavy Bottom's (10-52) works absolutely amazing for D standard/Drop C, and that a 13-62 works great in Bb standard.

I'm still working on what string gages work best with C#/Drop B and C standard though. I think that set of 12's or 11's would work great though.
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#9
12's in drop B would be fine. I have 12's in C# and it's perfect.
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#10
I only use '16s because I play exclusively in Drop Z. That's metal right there.
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#11
I've consistently used .11s for standard, and it works really well, they feel great.
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