#1
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On my first ever guitar, an old SG, never gets used. I recently started re-stringing it, polishing it. I want to put it into B Standard tuning (it's a 6string) what gauge is best?

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#3
^ Odd that you found them tight. I should have thought 54 at C would still be on the looser end of the scale. Definitely playable (I personally use a 52 in C, granted it wouldn't be a noticeable difference).

Anyways, B is 7 string standard and that usually means a 56 for the lowest string. So depends on how you like your tension? If you want it fairly light then about 11 - 54/56 should work nicely. If you want it really tight then maybe aim towards something more like 13 - 66ish. Somewhere inbetween there should work.
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#4
B standard? Personally I wouldn't go thinner than .013-.060. I wouldn't suggest a .056 for B, since the tension on it tuned to B is about a .009 in standard.
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Quote by oneblackened
B standard? Personally I wouldn't go thinner than .013-.060. I wouldn't suggest a .056 for B, since the tension on it tuned to B is about a .009 in standard.


+1, this sounds about right. I'd go even heavier on the low B though. I have a 56 for my low C currently, and that's too floppy for me.
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#6
Quote by Random3
I would have suggested Ernie Ball Beefy Slinkies, which are 11-54.

I used to use them for C standard but I found them a bit tight.

Weird... I use Beefy Slinkies for Drop C and D standard and find them just right. You find them tight in C standard? In C standard and Drop B I use Not Even Slinkies and I they work ok for B standard as well even though they leave a little to be desired in tension... then again, I like my strings tighter. When I play in Drop D, I use a 10-46 set as well.

E Standard/Drop D = Regular Slinkies

D Standard/Drop C = Beefy Slinkies

C Standard/Drop B = Not Even Slinkies

B Standard/Drop A = Not Even Slinkies would work ok, but I'd get a 7 string set and throw out the highest string. 7-String Regular Slinkies are still higher gauge than a Not Even Slinkies set if you get rid of the high E from the package and that would be the equivalent of B standard on a six so you'd be good with, in my opinion, a 7-String Regular Slinkies set. But considering your guitar is a 25.5" scale, you could go with a thicker 7-String set. A .56 for the B might be a little less tight than you want and the strings in general all around might be a little less taught because a seven string is generally a larger scale length. I'd still go for a regular set and, if they aren't tight enough, step up to a thicker 7-String set.
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#7
I mean, I use a 66 in B on my 7, so I agree with the heavier bit
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Quote by Krauser
E Standard/Drop D = Regular Slinkies

D Standard/Drop C = Beefy Slinkies

C Standard/Drop B = Not Even Slinkies





I use Skinny Top Heavy Bottoms now for my C standard guitar, and to me they really feel great, not loose at all. Guess it's a preference thing.
#9
1) Buy a 7-string set of strings; Buy whatever gauge you'd normally use for E Standard on 6 string, just get the 7-string version.
2) Don't use the 1st string.

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#10
something close to a 13-60. maybe even a tad bigger. on gibson scaled guitars you have to go even bigger than you normally would. not even slinkies are my go to strings for drop b and c standard but they may be lacking for b standard. i like em tight though.
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#11
The only issue with using a pre made 7 string set is that you're left with a wound 3rd, which is not to everyone's preference.

What gauges are you used to in standard tuning, with a string tension calculator it's possible to achieve the same tension as you would tuned to E.

Some pre packaged sets you could start with can go from around 11-56, 12-60, 13-62 (wound 3rd) for example, but it's all dependent upon what you prefer tension wise