#1
Hi,
A few months back I posted about getting a seven string, I might try something different first.
For now I'm tuned down to drop A with ernie ball regular slinky strings. Strings are getting a bit spaghetti-like, so I'm going to try something else.

Drop A Tuning: A E A D F# B

At first I thought I'd get a 7-string pack and get rid of the high E string. But then the third string would be a wound string. Not very handy for solo's.
So what if I'd take the B E A string, skip the D string, and tune down three thinnest strings as I'd do in my drop A tuning.
Seems like a good setup for soloing on the first three strings (crazy bends) and fat dirty riffs on the bottom three strings.

Any thoughts?
#2
Get thicker strings. The regular slinkies is a 10 set right? I'd be going at least 12 for this. Get the not even slinkies.
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#3
Quote by TheStig1214
Get thicker strings. The regular slinkies is a 10 set right? I'd be going at least 12 for this. Get the not even slinkies.


And then just regular drop A tuning? No seven strings then.
#4
It would probably be easier to get a six string pack of 12 or 13 gauge strings instead of seven strings. You just waste a string doing that.
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#5
Quote by slash&angus
And then just regular drop A tuning? No seven strings then.


You shouldn't need to as mentioned above, you're wasting a string that way. This is what you need: http://www.ernieball.com/products/electric-strings/1726/not-even-slinky-nickel-wound
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#6
Note that even .056 is going to be fairly loose when tuned down to A. I tune my 7-string to drop A and I'm finally content with .064, but then I like more tension on the bottom strings, but even if you're ok with less tension, .056 is still going to be a little loose.
#7
Quote by TheLiberation
Note that even .056 is going to be fairly loose when tuned down to A. I tune my 7-string to drop A and I'm finally content with .064, but then I like more tension on the bottom strings, but even if you're ok with less tension, .056 is still going to be a little loose.


Agreed. For that low A you're going to want at least a .060 just to get it holding tuning when you hit the string. Anything less and it'll actually ring out of tune if you hit it with anything more than a feather touch.
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#8
You want Drop A?

Try this:
.013"
.017"
.021"
.036"
.046"
.064"
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#10
Quote by slash&angus
Should I take a baritone set then?


I'd say get something like a 10 set, throw away the high E and buy a single .062 for the low A.

I've never found a pre-made set of strings that really works for tuning down that low. Not really. Even something like an Ernie Ball 13-set only has a .056 for the lowest string which, really, just isn't enough for tuning down to A.
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Quote by Zaphod_Beeblebr
I'd say get something like a 10 set, throw away the high E and buy a single .062 for the low A.

I've never found a pre-made set of strings that really works for tuning down that low. Not really. Even something like an Ernie Ball 13-set only has a .056 for the lowest string which, really, just isn't enough for tuning down to A.

I use a 56 in C#, so yeah I'd agree with this.
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#12
Quote by oneblackened
I use a 56 in C#, so yeah I'd agree with this.


Exactly, I honestly don't know where string companies get these gauges from that they think are heavy enough...
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#14
I've always found the lack of dedicated 7-string sets for drop tunings confusing to say the least. I swear something like 2/3 of bands in the universe using 7-strings use drop A or a lower drop tuning, and there's pretty much no choice other than buying 6-string sets and a single 7th in that case.
#15
I know there are (or were) 7 string sets out there- I bought some to get the strings I needed for my electrics that are tuned to NST.

Edit: here ya go!
http://search.juststrings.com/search?catalog=juststrings&query=Seven+string&x=-944&y=-100
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#17
You make your own set of baritone strings at nakedstrings.com. A set like 13-17-28-38-50-60 is good because it is similar to a medium-heavy 7-string 10 gauge mix that is good for dropped tuning.
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#18
You need a set of medium baritone strings: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/EXL157?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PPC&utm_campaign=none&utm_term=DSA_-_Product&adpos=1t1&device=c&network=g&gclid=CIiZ_9vissACFYVDMgod8jAApQ

These strings will not fit in your existing nut. Have a guitar tech cut you a new nut for the big strings. Save your existing nut in case you want to switch back or sell the guitar later.
#19
Quote by oneblackened
You want Drop A?

Try this:
.013"
.017"
.021"
.036"
.046"
.064"


^^This is more like it. I just bought a set of Not Even Slinkys for C# Standard and they're borderline too loose for the C# Standard to which I tune. I had to ditch the .56 low E and go buy a separate .59 to get adequate tension on chugs. Drop A is quite a bit lower...
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#20
Quote by jpnyc
You need a set of medium baritone strings: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/EXL157?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PPC&utm_campaign=none&utm_term=DSA_-_Product&adpos=1t1&device=c&network=g&gclid=CIiZ_9vissACFYVDMgod8jAApQ

These strings will not fit in your existing nut. Have a guitar tech cut you a new nut for the big strings. Save your existing nut in case you want to switch back or sell the guitar later.


Oh... my... god... they're perfect! That set plus a high .010 and I'll finally have a proper 7 string set!

(Important thing to note here is that finding a single .010 is much easier than finding a single .068 where I live.)
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#21
I've also considered that option but the middle strings in baritone sets are a bit too heavy for my liking. I'm perfectly content with 9-46 + .064 for my drop A 7-string now, although admittedly finding a .064 is difficult (besides Ernie Balls which seem to be always available).
#22
Oke guys, I've bought a few sets, including a baritone and not even slinkys. I'm going to test them out real soon !! Thanks for the advice everyone