#1
Hello there
I was simply wondering what kind of strings would work best for metal in drop C tuning for my Ibanez RG550.

Thank you



UPDATED:

After looking around 11-54 seems pretty good.

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Thoughts on those?
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#2
Brand-wise, it's down to preference. For that tuning you'd probably want gauge 11's.

Personally I like Elixir, as they last a LONG time and feel good under my fingers.
#4
10 or 11's. I use Ernie Ball.
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#6
I use Ernie Ball Skinny Top - Heavy Bottoms. Don't know the gauges off the top of my head, but they work great for Drop C.
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Also, regarding the RG550, is there something I need to know with the floyd rose tremolo? Do I need to do some kind of adjustments when changing to thicker strings?

I've never played with anything other than normal standard E-tuning strings so I'm extremely inexperienced in this departement.
#8
Wow, .10's for drop C? Really guys? I use .12/.13's in standard...


You guys really like your strings floppy, eh?

^There are no strings for specific tunings, dude.
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Well the edge was designed with 9s in mind but it really doesnt matter.

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#11
10-52 is a really popular gauge for Drop C. It's what I currently use, and I love it. The top strings are fairly loose for lots of bending and other lead work, and the bottom strings are tight for riffing and chording.

Although personally I would like if the bottom strings were a little tighter. I might move up to 11-56.
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Wow, .10's for drop C? Really guys? I use .12/.13's in standard...


You guys really like your strings floppy, eh?

^There are no strings for specific tunings, dude.


You use .12s or .13s for standard? Who are you, Stevie Ray?

I can't imagine having such think strings for standard!
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They just sound so much fuller and feel better than anything thinner. Granted, you do have to work up to it, but once you're use to the tension and your develop the strength to really use them it's worth the work.
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10-52 is a really popular gauge for Drop C. It's what I currently use, and I love it. The top strings are fairly loose for lots of bending and other lead work, and the bottom strings are tight for riffing and chording.


This ^^

All these people saying you need 12s for drop C are pretty much full of crap. All you'll do is get tendonitis from those uber heavy strings...

Heavy Tops light bottoms exist and are used by a lot people for a reason.
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#15
For drop C I would use .11-.52 gauge strings (Dadarrio medium top heavy bottom).

At drop C they have about the same tension as .10s tuned to e standard.
#16
I would go with .10 - .52 That's what I used to use when I did drop tuning, or Zakk Wylde Boomers, but those are like .13 - .70
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#18
I used 13 Flatwounds in standard on a telecaster, but that's not the point.

The point is, find a gauge you like and stick with it. Try some different ones and throw the package in your case of the brand you like?

The Ernie Ball Heavy Bottoms/Light Tops are AWESOME though. I had them on my guitar when I was learning Chuck Schuldiner's stuff and they are great for lead work and keeping the rhythms tight.

BTW, heavier strings sustain better. They sound fuller because they're thicker. Ureh.
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I heard D'Addario's don't work good with Ibanez RG550s


Funny, most RG550 owners I know use D'Addarios and experience no problems whatsoever. I have a set of D'Addarios on my JEM (which is right beside me) and I've never had any trouble with them (if anything, I'd say they work better with the trem than the other brands I've used).

Rich Harris at Ibanez Rules (who is pretty well regarded as the most knowledgeable guy online when it comes to Ibanez setup) also recommend D'Addarios.

I can't imagine why somebody would object to D'Addarios on an RG...
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They just sound so much fuller and feel better than anything thinner. Granted, you do have to work up to it, but once you're use to the tension and your develop the strength to really use them it's worth the work.


Oh, I know. I love the thick, full sound of bigger strings. I used to have a strat strung up with .13s...but I do a lot of big bends in my playing...so it just didn't work for me.
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Funny, most RG550 owners I know use D'Addarios and experience no problems whatsoever. I have a set of D'Addarios on my JEM (which is right beside me) and I've never had any trouble with them (if anything, I'd say they work better with the trem than the other brands I've used).

Rich Harris at Ibanez Rules (who is pretty well regarded as the most knowledgeable guy online when it comes to Ibanez setup) also recommend D'Addarios.

I can't imagine why somebody would object to D'Addarios on an RG...

...It's a joke. He's making fun of how ridiculous your question of matching a guitar to a specific brand of strings is.
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...It's a joke. He's making fun of how ridiculous your question of matching a guitar to a specific brand of strings is.


I knew it probably didn't matter, what I really wondered was if some strings worked better or worse with a edge pro (floyd rose) tremolo like the one on rg550. As I said previously I don't have any experience at all changing to different strings gauges, and I've haven't had my rg550 for that long either.
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Funny, most RG550 owners I know use D'Addarios and experience no problems whatsoever. I have a set of D'Addarios on my JEM (which is right beside me) and I've never had any trouble with them (if anything, I'd say they work better with the trem than the other brands I've used).

Rich Harris at Ibanez Rules (who is pretty well regarded as the most knowledgeable guy online when it comes to Ibanez setup) also recommend D'Addarios.

I can't imagine why somebody would object to D'Addarios on an RG...

#24
Quote by Prophet of Page
Funny, most RG550 owners I know use D'Addarios and experience no problems whatsoever. I have a set of D'Addarios on my JEM (which is right beside me) and I've never had any trouble with them (if anything, I'd say they work better with the trem than the other brands I've used).

Rich Harris at Ibanez Rules (who is pretty well regarded as the most knowledgeable guy online when it comes to Ibanez setup) also recommend D'Addarios.

I can't imagine why somebody would object to D'Addarios on an RG...



ummm, yeah, kinda like, what he said. Well, if you contact Ibanez and ask them, they will tell you this, "Every Ibanez guitar that leaves the factory currently, leaves with D'Addario EXL120's". I use them exclusively, but again, it is personal preference.


Edited to add, I'm sure when he said that, he meant regular guitars...ie. not Bass, 7 string, etc.
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#25
i use ernie ball skinny tops heavy bottoms (10-52) in standard. My rule of thumb is one step down - one gauge up, so the feeling of the strings would stay the same.
ZW boomers? 13-70? that sounds great, i was planing to go C-standard full time in near future, this might be my cup of tea. Who makes them?
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thanks, ill look into them
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#28
10s should be sufficient for Drop C.

You can get 11s if you want a tighter bass responses.

While you shouldn't get something too light like 9s which will flop like a sun-bathing seal... its all about personal preference.

Heck, you can even use the guts and heartstrings of your mortal enemy if you like.
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#30
Skinny Top Heavy Bottom my friend

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I might just try those. Or the 11-54 I mentioned above.