#1
So I picked up some strings today to put on my Jackson Soloist. I am going to tune it down to drop B or B Standard, but before I go ahead and put the strings on, I wanted to know if I would have to mess with the truss rod? I know people say it's easy and whatever but I'd really rather not mess with it, least not right now. But I also would prefer to avoid taking it in to get setup. I have no problem messing with the bridge or maybe filing the nut a bit, but I want to avoid the truss rod.

The strings are Dunlop 12-54 designed for drop tuning.

Oh and it's a string through, not a floyd rose.
Last edited by Ironic Maiden at Apr 27, 2014,
#2
What guage HAVE you had one, prior?

I always switch from factory to Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom, and it requires no additional adjustments.

Skinny Top, Heavy Bottom Being

10 E
13 B
17 G
30 D
42 A
52 e
#4
IMO I wouldn't play B standart under 13-74, but that's me and it always depend of the scale length of you guitar
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#5
Most guitars ship with Light or Medium.

Light being
10 E
13 B
17 G
26 D
36 A
46 e


And medium being

11 E
15 B
18 G
26 D
36 A
50 e
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I'd say on either, Trues should be fine, just adjust the lower end strings saddles a bit.
#6
Quote by Heideck
IMO I wouldn't play B standart under 13-74, but that's me and it always depend of the scale length of you guitar

Well I am leaning further toward Drop B, but I'd typically agree but I understand the strings I have provide more tension. I've used DR Drop Down Tuning strings in a light gauge, they had the same effect when drop tuned.
#7
Quote by fragydig529
Most guitars ship with Light or Medium.

Light being
10 E
13 B
17 G
26 D
36 A
46 e


And medium being

11 E
15 B
18 G
26 D
36 A
50 e
----------------

I'd say on either, Trues should be fine, just adjust the lower end strings saddles a bit.

I think they're 10-46's. so even if I slap on some 12-52's I'll be alright?
#8
From personal experience, going from 10-46 to 10-52, I've never had to do anything but adjust the saddles on the bass strings a bit, not much, like not even a quarter turn.

But each guitar is different, and I've always played on a 25.5 scale, just recently switched to 24 3/4 scale length guitar, and haven't added my Skinny, Heavies yet.

----EDIT----
Mind you, the strings I prefer are
10-13-17-30-42-52

Vs the lights at
10-13-17-26-36-46
Last edited by fragydig529 at Apr 27, 2014,
#9
Quote by fragydig529
From personal experience, going from 10-46 to 10-52, I've never had to do anything but adjust the saddles on the bass strings a bit, not much, like not even a quarter turn.

But each guitar is different, and I've always played on a 25.5 scale, just recently switched to 24 3/4 scale length guitar, and haven't added my Skinny, Heavies yet.

Yeah mine is 25.5 scale. Thinking it'll probably be alright. Thanks
#10
Quote by Ironic Maiden
Yeah mine is 25.5 scale. Thinking it'll probably be alright. Thanks

Yeah, on my old 25.5 I didn't even have to adjust saddles.
#11
Quote by Ironic Maiden
…I wanted to know if I would have to mess with the truss rod?


Maybe. You’ll just have to put the strings on and see what happens. It’s not a thick neck, so it’s likely to bow back a little. But if you have one with graphite rods in the neck it might not bow at all.