#1
This is important question for me. One man left me guitar and doesn't hurry to get it back, so I think that guitar is mine now (I have that guitar for 3 month now). Well in anyway, it had factory strings. I could easly tune A string up to C (and even higher). So I was very happy about it, because I thought that string will break, but it didn't. And the string wasn't so much hard. I began to learn Andy McKee - For My Father (tuning: ECDGAD). But other day I wanted to learn Michael Hedges - All Along the Watchtower (tuning: DAEEAA). So I had to tune my D string up to E (only two halfsteps). Everything was okey, but after playing for a while the string broke. So I bought new strings, very light gauge. I tried to tune my A string to C but I can't do that because string gets so much hard and I don't wanna break it. So I wanna hear what string do you use? Does it break often from such extreme tunings? I wanna learn those songs so much, but I can't right now, because of the strings.
#2
Are you tuning up ? sounds like your misunderstanding the concept, or maybe i misunderstood the post. Tune down to those notes, not up. If i have misunderstood then all appologies good sir.
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If it has a good body, a nice long neck and 6 strings i'd hit it like Ron Jeremy on viagra.
#3
If u need to do crazy tuning up, i would suggest getting some 8's, if u dont already use them.
#4
Quote by Glenn4009
Are you tuning up ? sounds like your misunderstanding the concept, or maybe i misunderstood the post. Tune down to those notes, not up. If i have misunderstood then all appologies good sir.
Peace


I'm tuning up and it needs to be tuned up. I'm 100% sure of it.
#5
Quote by qotsa1998
If u need to do crazy tuning up, i would suggest getting some 8's, if u dont already use them.


But would it help? Because those factory strings, I think they were .011, and I could tune A string up to C so easily, without any worries about braking it. But now I have .010 and it's impossible to tune A string up to C.
#7
Quote by AFI_kid
Wow, grammar NIGHTMARE.


Sorry. English isn't my native language. I will try to do better in other posts. Okey?
#8
Am I really so bad with english grammar? It doesn't seem so bad for me.
Last edited by ajandrius at Aug 24, 2007,
#9
try getting a 12 string pack and using the octave strings from those
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#10
Quote by spaminator101
try getting a 12 string pack and using the octave strings from those


Yeah, I think that would help. But I don't want to mix gauges, I want normal strings. I could just put another D string instead of 5th A and tune it to C, but it is not an option for me. I just read somewhere that Michael Hedges used .013 D'Addario EXP strings, so maybe I should get those strings.
#11
Quote by AFI_kid
Wow, grammar NIGHTMARE.

Wow, lack of respect NIGHTMARE.
Your grammar seems fine, all I see are a few errors here and there, like 'so much hard'.

I wouldn't recommend buying 8's, like one guy said. Those are light ELECTRIC strings, and put on acoustic, that'd be like... too light. Anorexic type lightness.
As for buying a lighter gauge I think it would make it easier to tune higher, but another thing that would affect the tuning could be the core metal of the string. Now this is just a stab in the dark, but some core materials in strings can be stretched better than others, therefore allowing the string to be tightened more and you can tune it to a higher note. Experiment with different gauges and core materials, as well as brands of strings. Different brands last longer than others.
#12
Quote by ajandrius
Am I really so bad with english grammar? It doesn't seem so bad for me.


It's fine, just keep practising. Most nice guys on here will understand , but I understood exactly what you were saying
#13
Quote by ajandrius
This is important question for me. One man left me guitar and doesn't hurry to get it back, so I think that guitar is mine now (I have that guitar for 3 month now). Well in anyway, it had factory strings. I could easly tune A string up to C (and even higher). So I was very happy about it, because I thought that string will break, but it didn't. And the string wasn't so much hard. I began to learn Andy McKee - For My Father (tuning: ECDGAD). But other day I wanted to learn Michael Hedges - All Along the Watchtower (tuning: DAEEAA). So I had to tune my D string up to E (only two halfsteps). Everything was okey, but after playing for a while the string broke. So I bought new strings, very light gauge. I tried to tune my A string to C but I can't do that because string gets so much hard and I don't wanna break it. So I wanna hear what string do you use? Does it break often from such extreme tunings? I wanna learn those songs so much, but I can't right now, because of the strings.


I did a quick little search and found just the info you are looking for. Andy Mckee uses Dean Markley Alchemy Gold Bronze strings, medium gauge (.013-.056). I sort of figured he went to a thicker gauge string for some of his altered tunings instead of thinner. Makes sense to me when you want to tune UP a couple of steps on the A. There's more string to stretch with a thick one than a thin. Just watch out that you don't cause your neck to have too much relief. You might need to adjust the truss rod a bit if the extra tension causes you problems.
#14
There's an article about using different string diameters for tuning (focusing on Nashville tuning) in Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Seems just what you're looking for. I'll try to type in the meat of it here if I can find my copy.
#15
Thanks everybody for suggestions. It's not a big choise of strings in my country, but I think there are some D'Addario EXPs, so I'll try them out. Also, I'll try other strings if those won't do the trick.

And I'm glad that my english isn't so bad.