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Old Yesterday, 02:13 PM   #1
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What string gauge should I get for drop B tuning?

Hey, I'm looking at buying a new guitar (specifically the Ibanez RG721) because I wanted to have one guitar that is tuned in standard/drop D and another that can be tuned between drop C# and drop B, but it appears that 10 - 42 don't quite make it to drop B (or at least they don't on the GRG 270 I have) and I was wondering what gauge would benefit me best for being tuned no lower than drop B
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Old Yesterday, 02:22 PM   #2
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Maybe try a set of 11 gauge strings.
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It's all dependent on taste of course but for a low B on my 7 string I use a 60 or 62 if I can get it. That's probably a bit much for going to C# but I'd probably go with something in the 56 range for that.

That's me though, I like my lower strings beefy.
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I like 11-56 for Drop C# - Drop B. Nice level of tension throughout, but then again, I like medium - heavy kinds of gauges, so it's all down to preference.
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Old Today, 07:41 AM   #5
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I have to say I like very heavy strings, but I use a 11-70 set for drop B on one of my guitars. I do drop the B down to G# and F# for certain stuff.
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www.stringtensionpro.com

^This tool is great for working this stuff out. Might be worth looking at.
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