#1
Hi guys,

I've bought BY MISTAKE some heavy strings and I'm gonna give them a try, It's gauge is 0.013-0.065 what tunning woulg be fine? I've got a LTD EX50

By the way, I know drop C is kinda light for that gauge but would it be bad for my neck if I play it sometimes?

Thanks in advance
#2
What are the gauges of all the strings and what brand are they?

It's difficult to say what tunings you can do because it ultimately comes down to preference. Some people want spaghetti strings, others may want railroad tension because they have a stupidly heavy picking hand and need the extra tension.

Depending on what the whole set is, B standard, maybe.

Keep in mind that heavier gauges will naturally widen the slots in the nut and if you ever wish to go down in gauge drastically, a new nut will need to be cut.
Ibanez Prestige RG852MPB
Ibanez Prestige RG652KFX
ESP E-II M-1
LTD AW-7
Schecter Loomis NT
EVH 5150 III 50
PRS 212 DB
Line 6 POD HD500X
Deadhorse OD/Boss HM-2
Last edited by lemurflames at Jun 8, 2014,
#4
These tension numbers won't be exact, due to different brands, the materials they use, and the manufacturing process. (and it is possible I'm using the calculator incorrectly )

len 25.5"

B3 .013" dapl == 15.38#
F3# .017" dapl == 14.76#
D3 .022" dapl == 15.57#
A2 .042" danw == 26.31#
E2 .056" danw == 26.35#
B1 .065" danw == 19.88#

total == 118.27#


len 25.5"

D4 .013" dapl == 21.75#
A3 .017" dapl == 20.88#
F3 .022" dapl == 22.03#
C3 .042" danw == 37.21#
G2 .056" danw == 37.27#
C2 .065" danw == 22.32#

total == 161.46#

Drop C is probably too much for these gauges.

If you're not comfortable with B, you should buy the correct set of strings for your desired tuning.
Ibanez Prestige RG852MPB
Ibanez Prestige RG652KFX
ESP E-II M-1
LTD AW-7
Schecter Loomis NT
EVH 5150 III 50
PRS 212 DB
Line 6 POD HD500X
Deadhorse OD/Boss HM-2
#5
hmmmm I'm fine with B I just wanna try as many set ups as possible without damaging the guitar xP, What about Drop B? cos' some of my favorites bands are in drop B (I'm sorry for my inexperience ^^`)
#6
len 25.5"

C4# .012" dapl == 16.51#
G3# .016" dapl == 16.48#
E3 .024" danw == 19.87#
B2 .032" danw == 19.87#
F2# .042" danw == 18.61#
B1 .060" danw == 17.09#

total == 108.42#

I'd start with this for Drop B and work my way up from there.



And toss the .052 out for a .060

http://www.daddario.com/DADProductDetail.Page?ActiveID=3769&ProductId=70&productname=XL_Nickel_Wound_Singles

There might be a set that would get you close without having to buy singles, but it is something I'm used to doing to achieve decent tension with dropped tunings. Especially with 7 string sets being kinda... shit.
Ibanez Prestige RG852MPB
Ibanez Prestige RG652KFX
ESP E-II M-1
LTD AW-7
Schecter Loomis NT
EVH 5150 III 50
PRS 212 DB
Line 6 POD HD500X
Deadhorse OD/Boss HM-2
#7
All this aside -- chances are good that your nut isn't cut properly for strings that thick. At best, you're likely to get some hang-ups where the string will go flat after a bend, etc. At worst, the strings will sit on TOP of the slots in the nut and your action will be high. And it's likely that you'll have to reset intonation if you have strings that thick and are downtuning.
#9
Quote by relom
Hi guys,

I've bought BY MISTAKE some heavy strings and I'm gonna give them a try, It's gauge is 0.013-0.065 what tunning woulg be fine? I've got a LTD EX50

By the way, I know drop C is kinda light for that gauge but would it be bad for my neck if I play it sometimes?

Why would Drop C be "light" for that gauge?
Unless, of course, your guitar is set up for Drop C in a different gauge.


Look, what you really need to do is to set up your guitar for the string gauge that you have. If you don't know how to do that, then get a guitar store's tech to do it for you.

Quote by lemurflames
len 25.5"

C4# .012" dapl == 16.51#
G3# .016" dapl == 16.48#
E3 .024" danw == 19.87#
B2 .032" danw == 19.87#
F2# .042" danw == 18.61#
B1 .060" danw == 17.09#
Going from a 42 to a 60 results in a rather unbalanced string set...

The 60 is going to have a lack of punch in comparison to the 42. Just saying.
Last edited by crazysam23_Atax at Jun 9, 2014,