#1
Hey guys feel like a total dumass asking this but whenever I try to tune my guitar to drop d the bottom string gets unplayably loose...why?!? and how do I fix this?!?
chrs
#2
What string gauges are you using? And are you sure you're not tuning down a whole octave? You should only be tuning the lowest string down one whole step.
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#3
TheStig1214
yep i'm pretty sure I'm just doin 1 whole note...cos I couldn't be arsed twisting a peg down a whole octave neway;p...sorry...not exactly sure what string gauge it is cos I didn't buy or change them...but I am usin a tiger clip on tuner...are these accurate?!?...just a thought...dunno...im not really a guitarist so wouldn't have a clue about most things
#4
Can't speak for the accuracy of the tuner but for the issue you are having you are either playing super light strings or you are tuning the string way too low. A simple check for the tuning is in standard Tuning the low E string on the 5th fret should match the open A string below it, in drop D the 7th fret on the low E (technically now a D) string will now match the open A string.

If the tuning is fine and the string is still super loose then you need new strings that have a heavier gauge and will keep their tension at a lower tuning. Regular 10-46 strings would be fine for standard and drop D tuning.
#5
I would find out what strings are on your guitar and go up one size if it feels too loose tuned down to drop D ...... or go up a size on the low E string only
#6
I have an Ibanez RG421 with 9/42 D'Addario Superlights and even with that string gauge, the lowest string doesn't get "unplayable" when I tune to Drop D.
It's noticeable that my setup isn't meant for Drop D but definitely not unplayable.
Can you borrow a friend's tuner and try it with his ?