#1
Hi guys, I have a few questions. First of all I wanted to know: Does changing your tuning frequently make your strings more likely to break ? My high e string broke on my PRS SE when I was tuning it up back to standard from GGDGBD...

I was kinda suspecting that it had been corded badly because it broke up at the tuning mechanics, which I thought was surprising.
I wonder if the fact that I had tuned to C standard earlier damaged my strings.

By the way, to play Standard, Drop D, GGDGBD, and very occasionally C standard, what do you think is the best gauge ? I currently use 10-46 which seems okay but didn't try C standard with em yet.

Ideally I would have a second guitar to play C standard and Drop D... but I don't so I have to compromise ^^.

edit: I know that when you're tuning up, a string might break, but what's strange is my high e broke while tuning back to e from d, there shouldn't be so much tension isn't it ?
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Last edited by Doogy-Style at Jul 13, 2010,
#2
Well i prefer 11s for D standard and Drop C, 12s C Standard and Drop B, and 13s for B Standard.
#3
I use 11s for B standard, and 10s for everything else.

Friction at the nut when tuning up and down may cause breakage...also there the string is bent at the Machine head would likely cause a weak spot.
#4
Quote by Doogy-Style
First of all I wanted to know: Does changing your tuning frequently make your strings more likely to break ?


Yes. You're fatiguing the steel doing that, so it doesn't matter if the breakage happened during tuning down. It happened to me too a few times.

For the alternative tunings just use this string tension calculator: http://www.bangzero.org/stringtension/

Check out your 10-46 set for standard tuning first, then find sets for the other tunings that are the closest in tension to the standard one.
#5
Could someone explain how this calculator works ? I'm not sure I understand it. I saw I can change the scale of my guitar and also the gauge of the strings, but what are the numbers I should pay attention to ?
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#6
try using 11s anyway. and constant tuning will cause breakage eventually wether tuning up or down.
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#7
I use Daddario EXP Coated .11s because I have only one good guitar and I go from drop c to standard probably once a week. I have had the same strings for a month and have forcefully tried to break the high e so I can go buy new ones and they refuse to break. Try them I have had good luck with them
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