#1
I have been using D'addario 10-59 for the most part, because most shops in my area carry nothing else for 7 string. What I'm trying to find is a good heavy set to drop tune to play metal. I have found many sets, but am lost, because most do not have enough online reviews to be conclusive, or most reviews are of mixed opinions at best. I was seeing if someone can give me some good opinions on some good heavy guage strings they've use on their 7 string, or 6 string if that company makes a version for the 7 string. Thank you guys.
#2
Depends what you mean by heavy, 'cause my 6 string set is bigger than your 7's.
A friend of mine is a fan of ernie's cobalt coated anyway, so have a look at them maybe.
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Try searching up string sets specifically made for drop tuning, they're usually labeled as "light top heavy bottom"
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#5
Check out the DDT strings by DR, they are heavy gauge made for low tuning. They have an 11-65 7 string set
#6
I've been playing dunlop heavy core's lately and have been loving them. Unless you have an extended scale, something not much more than a 62 would probably be pretty good. I was playing drop b with a set of 13-65's and it just didn't sound good (on a 26" scale 6 string) nor did it feel all that great. Play around with them and see what you like. Dunlop heavy cores are my favorites and Ive stuck with them for a couple years so far
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Thanks for replies....DDT was a string I was looking into but got mixed signals from the few reviewers I could find. A few loved them, but some had problem with the wind on the strings coming apart, so I was a bit nervous. I've been really thinking about the heavy core, but can only find them with the 60 on the low b. I have seen a bit on the Ernie Ball Cobalts. Does anyone know anything about them? Are they worth the price? 7 bucks more than I can get a set of Heavy Core for.
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Just grab a few different packs and experiment. It's not like it's an expensive thing to do.
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Just grab a few different packs and experiment. It's not like it's an expensive thing to do.

I get what your saying. Problem is I'm a bit cash strapped, and need new picks, cables, and a pedal power supply. None of these are expensive alone but add up, so I'm trying to avoid experimenting if at all possible.
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Thanks for replies....DDT was a string I was looking into but got mixed signals from the few reviewers I could find. A few loved them, but some had problem with the wind on the strings coming apart, so I was a bit nervous. I've been really thinking about the heavy core, but can only find them with the 60 on the low b. I have seen a bit on the Ernie Ball Cobalts. Does anyone know anything about them? Are they worth the price? 7 bucks more than I can get a set of Heavy Core for.


The cobalts weren't worth it. They felt very "grabby" if that makes sense. almost like rubbing your fingers across a metal file. I didn't like them and they weren't worth the price. Regular ernie balls are fine. Nothing special. I like the titanium ernie balls (if you like coated strings). I started out playing DR's which were good for the price. moved to EB's which were a little bit better. And am now playing the heavy core's and will likely not be switching any time soon. they just sound and feel better and last a long time.

and for a low b, you honestly won't need much more than a 56. try and find something like a 10-56 set or something along those lines. or get a pack of strings you like (the dunlops for example) in a 6 string set and just by a few singles so you can figure out what gauge you like for the low b.
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Check out the DDT strings by DR, they are heavy gauge made for low tuning. They have an 11-65 7 string set


I can vouch for these. Not the 7 string set, but I have used the medium set and they are pretty good strings.
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I honestly recommend the DR 7 string 11 - 65 in drop A if you love high tension. I prefer very heavy strings. but you may prefer lighter
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I honestly recommend the DR 7 string 11 - 65 in drop A if you love high tension. I prefer very heavy strings. but you may prefer lighter

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Just grab a few different packs and experiment. It's not like it's an expensive thing to do.


i say this every damn time. $5 a set give or take a buck.

try some different strings. also you could try to find a online tension calculator to see the equivalent to where you are now.
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I use 10-59's on my 26.5 scale 7 string in Drop G...perfect tension holding on a nice low action, not too tight that you have to put weight into a bend but not flopping around all over the place...think theyre D'addario XL's...Used to use Eb's but found they just dont like my 7as odd as that sounds....
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Thanks for replies....DDT was a string I was looking into but got mixed signals from the few reviewers I could find. A few loved them, but some had problem with the wind on the strings coming apart, so I was a bit nervous. I've been really thinking about the heavy core, but can only find them with the 60 on the low b. I have seen a bit on the Ernie Ball Cobalts. Does anyone know anything about them? Are they worth the price? 7 bucks more than I can get a set of Heavy Core for.


I just bought an 11-50 DDT set and it might be partially my fault here but, I did have two strings break on the DDT while installing them. I think I'll stick with Ernie Ball for the most part. I did see GHS has some sets running into the 60s. Worst case scenario, I'll just do something ghetto like run 10-46's and grab a bass 60+ for the low B (I use drop A). I just find EB is pretty solid and finding the best gauge for my odd tastes (Drop Everything) is trouble. The heavy bottom string packs are a pretty good move.
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