#1
I'm trying to decide on what gauge to go with for my Gibson V http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q131/CrossHairSB/guitarVpics013.jpg
Its time for me to hand it over to this luthier I know for a complete set up which includes a new nut. When I mentioned to him that I wanted Zakk Wylde's .060 strings put on there he warned me that it may harm the neck. Anyway I kinda have this idea that I'd like a heavier E,A and D string so when struck by themselves or together they are heavier and more powerful... know what I mean? I can't say I'm a detuner kinda guy and am almost afraid to tell him to set it up at Eb cuz I know I'll prolly have to tune it up to learn some songs. Guess this is all I got for you right now, just could use some help deciding what key to have it set up at and whether or not thicker gauge strings are more suitable for the heavier chugging rock. Thanks for your assistance
Ken
#2
Rules are simple - thicker strings = more tension and fatter tone.

Don't put on ultra-fat strings if you're gonna play in standard. A V usually has a .10 set. Zakk Wylde himself tunes down a half step usually, and will sometimes drop his low E string to G or A or whatever. That explains why it's a .60 guage.
#3
Ya...thick strings = dropped tunings. You can go further with out having floppy strings
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set it up normal... i have 11's on my LP and can detune to Drop C and back up just fine, with a heavy tone all they way around
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#5
Yea.. heavier strings are generally good for heavy sounding stuff.
Im gonna assume that you are beginning at guitar based on the fact that you can't tune it. in which case you might find 60s tuned to standard E to be a little hard on your fingers.
The guitar should take it no problem with proper truss rod adjustment.

So you can a) suck it up and kill your fingers for a bit
b) get some lighter strings tuned to E
c) tune it down to Eb or even D
I suggest you learn to tune your guitar as soon as possible so you can mess around yourself with what tuning you like them and all.
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if you just want the top three heavy... i went for some earnie ball skinny top heavy bottom and there great for fat heavy rhythen and easy and good sounding solos
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#9
If you are not detuning, .60 is overkill. IMO thicker strings do improve tone, but there is a point when it isn't worth it because it may become difficult to play. Try using a set with around .50 for the low E. You still get that fat string sound. It isn't too hard to play. They are thick enough to sound good at lower tunings. I don't think he would be worried about that size ruining the guitar. I haven't heard of anyone using a .60 in standard tuning, not even Zakk Wylde.
#10
Thanks for the replies guys, I ended up telling him to set it up using Zakk's .060's-.010's standard tuning. Says right on the pack that Zakk uses these for his standard tunings as well as some drop tunings. Anyway I do not see the problem with having thicker low strings, you don't have to bend them as much as the higher strings you know.
Ken
#11
^ They'll also be harder to press down. You might want your tech to set the action really low.
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Thanks for the replies guys, I ended up telling him to set it up using Zakk's .060's-.010's standard tuning. Says right on the pack that Zakk uses these for his standard tunings as well as some drop tunings. Anyway I do not see the problem with having thicker low strings, you don't have to bend them as much as the higher strings you know.
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