#1
hey im thinking of sending my guitar for a set up and setting on a drop d tuning. do i need heavier or lighter strings for that? and what gauge should it be?
#3
I don't have my bass set up Specifically at all and i go between drop d, standard, Drop C and Step down, I think it would be fine without any set up, but since the tension would be slightly lower, if you need to, get heavier strings, It's usually fine with the same stings as you use for standard unless they are extremely light
#4
for drop D? never heard of somebody having a guitar specifically set up for it... unless you meant drop C then yes, i'd go thicker.
#6
You can get away with medium for drop C...kinda gets too loose with drop b without a set up. My band used to play a step down n we used to go into drop C too. But for drop D...you don't need to do anything cept to tune ure E to a D. Simple!
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#7
i wouldn't waste your time doing anything special for just droped D. You're only messing with the E string anyways. I frequently drop my guitar down to dropped D and occasionally D standard and there is really no problem keeping the strings you have now, unless they're mad thin
#8
I bought a five string guitar and I use the lowest string as a D so I never need to drop tune, if you've got the money for that it's a route i'd take but other than that I wouldn't advice any special strings
#9
drop D doesn't need any heavier strings than for standard tuning. Sure, the E may become a tad floppier, but it really isn't by much.

^I have a 5 string, but still drop tune to D sometimes. Songs like Walk with me in Hell by Lamb of God would be absolute hell otherwise.
#10
so what gauge should i look for in drop D? if thats the case, maybe ill just change the top string...
#11
110 would help give it a bit more tension than standard 105.
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#12
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so what gauge should i look for in drop D? if thats the case, maybe ill just change the top string...


You dont need different gauge for Drop D tuning. I use standard 45-105 strings and have no problems playing in Drop D

The problem is when you change to 110 you need (posibly) to adjust your nut or the strings wont fit good. When you go back to 105 the string will be to loose.
So i wouldn't change gauge unless you are 100% you will keep playing on that gauge.
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#13
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for drop D? never heard of somebody having a guitar specifically set up for it... unless you meant drop C then yes, i'd go thicker.



Same here... Drop C go thicker for sure. Drop D, no need, really.