#1
Hey guys, couple of questions.

I've been playing in standard E tuning since i started playing, so i'm new to dropped tuning.

lately I've been planning to tune my guitar to drop C / D, so I could start playing bands I like (mostly Killswitch Engage stuff, bullet etc).

Thing is, I heard from people that It's not recommended to to so on 0.9's, and that it would be sloppy.

1. If I plan on playing drop C, should I buy thicker strings? say 0.10? or even 0.11? what's recommended? (btw do any of you guys know which strings do killswitch / bullet play with? )

2. If I plan on playing drop D, should I still buy 0.10? or is regular 0.9 ok for drop D?

And since I know nothing about dropped tuning, it would be great if you have any advice / tips that i should know (tuning / gear / technique etc).

Thanks guys!
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#3
i believe bullet use 11s, but they swap the low 52 for a 56
read it in total guitar a while ago

i also saw matt tuck in an advert for rotosound strings!

i use 9s for drop D, they should be fine
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what is special about these strings?
are these regular 0.10's?

and I get it's not even an option playing 0.9's with drop C?
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i believe bullet use 11s, but they swap the low 52 for a 56
read it in total guitar a while ago

i also saw matt tuck in an advert for rotosound strings!

i use 9s for drop D, they should be fine


That's because they use Rotosounds mostly. I've been meaning to give them a try.

Quote by Bloppy Yeah!
what is special about these strings?
are these regular 0.10's?

and I get it's not even an option playing 0.9's with drop C?

They are a custom guauge. 52-42-30-17-13-10. They work great with low tunings while keeping the top strings thin enough for solo work. They are my favorite set so far. And you can theoretically play in drop C with 9's. But the strings will be annoyingly floppy.
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#6
Standard 10-46 is too light for a Gibson-scale guitar to play in DropC or even D-standard... that low E (or D or C) gets a little too floppy, for my taste anyway.
I run E-standard on the 10-46s and run D-standard and drop C on 10-60s... can even go down to B if I wanted to on these mothers. Like being strung with guide cables.
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The guys from Killswitch use 12's.
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The guys from Killswitch use 12's.


are you positive?

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Standard 10-46 is too light for a Gibson-scale guitar to play in DropC or even D-standard... that low E (or D or C) gets a little too floppy, for my taste anyway.
I run E-standard on the 10-46s and run D-standard and drop C on 10-60s... can even go down to B if I wanted to on these mothers. Like being strung with guide cables.


I guess I'm a newbie in string, but what is 10-46? or 10-60?
I know there are 0.9's, 0.10's, what does the 46 / 60 stands for? higher solo strings?

10-60 is a special for dropped tuning?
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Quote by Bloppy Yeah!
are you positive?


I guess I'm a newbie in string, but what is 10-46? or 10-60?
I know there are 0.9's, 0.10's, what does the 46 / 60 stands for? higher solo strings?

10-60 is a special for dropped tuning?


10 and 46 are the thinnest string gauge and thickest string gauge.
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10 and 46 are the thinnest string gauge and thickest string gauge.

Yes.
Instead of writing out all six string gauges, I just put 10-46 which is .010 through .046, or 10-60 which is .010 through .060. The 10-60s are a custom heavy string for lowered tuning yes, similar to Ernie Ball Skinny-top Heavy-bottoms, but they're made by Dunlop as "Zakk Wylde Icon" series strings. GHS used to make them, but the don't anymore because Zakk signed to Dunlop. I don't care one way or the other if they're "signature strings", I just like the sizing.
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#12
Yngwie Malmsteen plays with .8's in Eb. I like doing that with .9's, and I also like playig Drop D with .9s, and I have no problems at all.
Just don't go drop C with 9's, your strings will be floppy as hell. When I do drop Db I have my E string in a higher gauge.
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I used to use Roto Blues. Them be good strings. I think they're a 12 top and a 52 bottom!
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#15
I use 9s for D standard, but it sounds thin. I need to change it to 10-46, which is better. Mustaine Progressives are good for D standard, but anythin lower than that, you need to get heavier gauges.