#1
Hi what gauge should I use for D standard (D G C F A D) if I have 25,5 inch scale? I have been using Slinky's/Dunlop's 10-46 for E standard and I want a similar feel at D standard. Tnx in advance.
#2
I'm guessing a 11-52 set should do perfectly fine, should be comparable with 10-46 in E.

If you want to go more in depth, D'addario made this awesome thingy a while ago: http://www.stringtensionpro.com/ you can set pretty much everything manually to see what results you'll get.
#3
I use 10-52's for drop C, it's all about how your guitar's set up but 10s with a heavy bottom have always felt fine for me in Drop C, only difference is I use 11-56 on my Les Paul due to its shorter scale length
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#4
You could probably get away with D standard with a 10-52 set, but I'd go up to 11-52 or 11-56 personally.
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#5
If you want to have a similar tension at D with what you have at E using 10-46, I'd go with 11-52
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#6
I use 10-52 with no issues on both 25.5 and 24.5 scale length
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#7
So if people here recommend going up to 56 for D standard, what would the recommendation be for lower tunings?
#8
Ok guys you have been both helpful and confusing. What exactly hides between 10-52 or 11-52 I mean what's in the middle do you combine 2 gauges or do you buy .010 .013 .017 .030 .042 .052 ? If so would I get 11-52 gauge by simply replacing top string?
I tried out http://www.stringtensionpro.com/ according to get similar tension I must go hybrid...

http://i57.tinypic.com/9azix0.png
11 15 19 28 39 52 which I really doubt any of you use.

I don't want to mess up guitars neck over time due to change in tension. And different gauge is new world for me so please guide me... BTW I am planing to give my guitar for setup specifically for D standard once I choose what strings to use.
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#9
I use these string brands and have no issues. Notice they are a hybrid gauge pre-packaged

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#10
Well, it's hard to get the _exact_ same tension, but if you like the tension of a 10-46 set in E, a 11-52 set should give you a fairly similar feel in E, and definitely more similar than 10-52 or 11-56. That's why I think it's the right answer, if you have a reference point it makes things simpler.
#11
I use 11-54 for D and drop C, and it feels good.
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#12
I use 10-52s for Standard D. Feels nice. The heavy bottom stays nice and chunky downtuned like that, while the regular gauge high strings are actually just a little loose, making them stupid easy to play fast.

Used the Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottoms for years, recently switched to the DR Dimebag Darrel Signature 10-52 set.
#13
Signle 11 14 18 28 38 52 for balanced set. or if u want super heavy go 11,5 15,5 19,5 34 44 58
#14
11-54. i did mix and match though haha.
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#15
I use Ernie Ball 11-54 Beefy Slinky for drop C/D standard. But I prefer replacing the "G" with a wound 22 as a plain seem bland and stiff to me.