#1
Hi there dudes&dudines!
I just caught myself a neat deal on a Peavey Tragic II and put new strings on it: .012-.060s which should be perfect for drop-C tuning.
However all strings are way too loose, especially the low C which I can easily pull off the bridge :S
If I tune it to standart they are perfect, but the whole issue really bugs me; especcially since I was planning on going even lower (drop-Bb/A maybe).
Now I would figure this is a result of the relatively long scale of the 24-fret Peavey, but everyone I asked (friends, music store clerks) so far was riddled with it and the internet doesn't seem to hold a solution for me either.

What do you guys think? can I use an even heavier gauge without breaking the guitar?
Which ones would you recommend?

Thanks a lot!!
#2
A long scale would make them tighter, not looser. Is that guitar the PXD? Specs say it has a 24.75" scale, which is short. But not nearly short enough to explain what you're experiencing.

I'm at a loss, unless you're tuning an octave low. Which is just very highly unlikely.

I use 12-60s on my 24.75" EC-1000 in C Std, and 11-56s on my 25.5" S420 and they're totally fine.
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#3
Before this guitar, what were you used to? What string gauge, tuning and scale length were you used to that you're comparing this with? I use a 60 for the Low B on my 8 string which is a 25.5" scale and that's pretty much perfect. Tuning to a C on a 24.75" (what you're doing) should be more or less the same but we do all have different preferences and I know mine may be too loose for some people.
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#4
Are you sure you're in the right octave? I have that guage on my LTD EC which is 24.75" and that's in C, and that's perfectly tight, if not a bit too tight for me.
#5
For drop B on my LP copy at 24.75 I use the "heavy" set of DR DDT strings (i think 13-65). Works great.

You probably need to set up the guitar for the tuning. That's your issue.
#6
If you can pull it off the bridge, I'm pretty sure you are an octave too low. I mean, even if I tune to C standard on 09-42 strings, they are still kind of playable - yes, they are pretty loose but you can still play (I think I once had my Les Paul in B standard or something - still playable). And you have a lot heavier strings. Yeah, I'm pretty sure you are an octave too low.
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