#1
Okay i'm going to be down-tuning on my explorer a lot (keep my other guitar w/ floyd in standard.)

Anyway so i was wondering should I got with .11's or .12's for something like Drop C/B also if so, which are the best brands to do so? I know nothing about the thicker strings so I was wondering if anybody knew what was the best bang for the buck.
#2
you should go like .13s for that low. try different sets, if you dont like one go for another.
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#3
have you had a look at some of the hybrid sets around, they might be more useful if you like the stability of low tunings but the manuverability of lighter strings. As a "general" rule 11's should suffice for Drop C and such, but its just a matter of perference to string gauge for those tunings, some people might use something like 11's for Drop B whereas someone else might use 13's or so....
#4
Try GHS Nickel Rockers. I use them and they're great strings.
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#7
Yeah i think i'll try out the GHS Boomers first. I guess i'll start off with 11's since i'm used to 9's and then work upward if i feel the need to in the future.
#8
I use D'Addario 12s and I drop tune to C, and they work pretty well.
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#9
i dont use heavy strings because i only have one guitar right now and need to tune up to standard, but my friend keeps his guitar in drop C and uses the Ernie Ball "Not Even Slinky" packs, and i really liked playing them

there like 13-18-24-36-48-58 i think...if i have a good memory
check them out tho, especally if you like ernie ball strings, it's the dark green wrapper