#1
I'm looking at building a second guitar to play drop A and B with, since my current one can barely even handle playing drop C.

I still haven't decided on an actual guitar yet, but I've narrowed it down to a few which are all 25.5".

So which gauge should I use?

Thanks
#2
Have you considered getting a baritone guitar if you're tuning that low?

You would need at least 13s for Drop A with a 25.5. I imagine 12s being a bit loose on that tuning.
#3
I spoke to some people who play drop A and B and a few recommended a baritone, others recommended 25.5" since it was cheaper and can do drop A with 12 gauge without too many problems. One of which was an Instagram page @slipknotfanscovers who I've seen play using a 25.5 and 12s without issue
#4
For C# standard on a 25.5 I get away with using .12's. It's not loose feeling which is basically how I like it to feel, when I drop the 6th string to B (which is rarely) that string feels a bit wobbly.
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Heavier... I put 11s on a guitar and put it into C and that was a mistake, way too loose.

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#7
12s. And at that do 12-60.
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#8
You''ll manage fine on a 25.5'' in drop A but ONLY if you have the right guage.

I use 11-90 for F# standard on a 25.5'' 8 string.

My low B is a 66 guage.

For drop A, I would recommend at least a 68.

DDario have a 14-68 baritone set, maybe give that a whirl?

Else, go to DaDarios tension calculator, calculate what kind of strings you need for the tension that you want (i prefer a tension of 16lbs on my high E, steadily rising to 20 on the F#), note down the guages that you need, then head over to stringjoy.com OR Kalium strings and order your own custom pack.
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....[ ].....Else, go to DaDarios tension calculator, calculate what kind of strings you need for the tension that you want (i prefer a tension of 16lbs on my high E, steadily rising to 20 on the F#), note down the guages that you need, then head over to stringjoy.com OR Kalium strings and order your own custom pack.
That page and its downloadable PDF, are well worth supplying the link: http://www.daddario.com/DAstringtensionguide.Page?sid=191e9644-f3c7-4c07-890e-e8d9f7a33160
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That page and its downloadable PDF, are well worth supplying the link: http://www.daddario.com/DAstringtensionguide.Page?sid=191e9644-f3c7-4c07-890e-e8d9f7a33160



You, sir, are behind the times

I meant THIS: http://stringtensionpro.com/

MUCH better. Select scale length. Select target tension. Select string material. Boom, auto generates string guage.

EDIT: I'm assuming a progressive tension of 16-19 lbs, for drop A, and posting results.



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#11
OP, what gauge are you using for which tunings at the moment? It's all well and good for people to say "I use such-and-such for this tuning", but in standard some people prefer 9s and some people prefer 12s. Your ideal gauge for drop A is going to vary a lot depending what you'd use in standard.
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#12
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I spoke to some people who play drop A and B and a few recommended a baritone, others recommended 25.5" since it was cheaper and can do drop A with 12 gauge without too many problems. One of which was an Instagram page @slipknotfanscovers who I've seen play using a 25.5 and 12s without issue


A "baritone" guitar is baritone only if you tune it that way.
Generally it's a 27-28" scale guitar, but there are folks who tune those to standard as well, and use them that way because the lower strings are more "piano-like" in their clarity.

Scale doesn't determine expense (though it might in 'Strya). I can't speak for Dow Nundah, but we have 27" (and longer) scale guitars available to us for as little as $189 (for example: http://www.rondomusic.com/Baritone_Guitars.html ). Note that some of the guitars in that listing are 28" and even 30" scale guitars and that several of them are 7 and 8-string guitars as well.

While on the subject, have you considered simply playing a 7-string? You can avoid the fuckwithage required to string a 25.5" scale guitar with larger strings by getting a guitar that's already tacked on the low string (two, if you buy an 8). As you can see, they're not very expensive WITH a longer scale (and 7's are available in 25.5" scale AND you can find them in multi-scale instrumengs, AKA fan-frets, as well).