#1
I recently bought an LTD EC 1000 and had it restrung by my teacher because i couldnt be bothered to do it myself. When i tune it down to drop C it sounds terrible and always out of tune with not a lot of string definition. I know that the former owner used 9 gauge strings and it may have been restrung with 10, would this cause these kind of problems? I am surprised as I heard very good things about the EC 1000 in dropped tunings.
#2
Because tens aren't really heavy enough for Drop C.


And you couldn't be bothered to restring your own guitar? Jeez...
Funny words.
#3
Did it sound ok that low with 9's ? U do really need 12s or at least 11s if ur in c standard. Its prob the combination of that guitars short scale and the low string tension
#4
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And you couldn't be bothered to restring your own guitar? Jeez...


Yeah I am quite lazy, also he gets really good strings for dead cheap.

So has anyone else played an EC 1000 and experienced this or is this definitely the setup?
#5
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Did it sound ok that low with 9's ? U do really need 12s or at least 11s if ur in c standard. Its prob the combination of that guitars short scale and the low string tension


I had it restrung soon after receiving but yeah I think you're right the string tension is definitely responsible. Also the 6th string always goes out of tune and the pitch of the note decreases slightly after playing the string.
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Quote by Orethor
Did it sound ok that low with 9's ? U do really need 12s or at least 11s if ur in c standard. Its prob the combination of that guitars short scale and the low string tension


Im not in c standard, im in drop c: C G C F A D
#8
Heres how I go about string gauge and tuning:

.09 - E standard
.10 - D standard
.11 - C standard
.12 - B standard
.13 - A standard

I use Ernie Ball Slinky's, heavy bottom. I like my top 3 strings thick for nice chunky riffs and bottom 3 skinny for easy bends and vibrato on solos. In your case it sounds like the guitar is not setup properly, it should handle drop C with .10's no problem. Clean the nut and check that you have brand machine heads and not cheap esp ltd ones; if you are having tuning stability problem its usually due to crappy machine heads, dirty nut or incorrect restringing on the bridge (strings aren't in their place... but I dunno how you can mess that up on a fixed bridge).
#9
ive got an ec 1000 and have never had any problems...
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#10
I use 11 - 54 for drop C on my Viper. Tension's fine.

EDIT: @ HeXeL, what scale is your guitar?
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#11
mines good, is it all setup right?
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#12
thicker guage strings (as already posted) also you might want to raise the action a bit if there's string buzz
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#13
Dude, the EC 1000 has locking tuners, which make string changing into a 3 minute job rather than a 20 minute job, AND YOU CAN'T BE BOTHERED? Have you ever learned a song, or could you not be bothered...?

Jesus H Christ on a Bike, that's the most irritating thing I've heard in weeks.


I play in D standard/Drop C, and I use 11-56.

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Heres how I go about string gauge and tuning:

.09 - E standard
.10 - D standard
.11 - C standard
.12 - B standard
.13 - A standard

I use Ernie Ball Slinky's, heavy bottom. I like my top 3 strings thick for nice chunky riffs and bottom 3 skinny for easy bends and vibrato on solos. In your case it sounds like the guitar is not setup properly, it should handle drop C with .10's no problem. Clean the nut and check that you have brand machine heads and not cheap esp ltd ones; if you are having tuning stability problem its usually due to crappy machine heads, dirty nut or incorrect restringing on the bridge (strings aren't in their place... but I dunno how you can mess that up on a fixed bridge).

This is a very good list. My strings are thicker because I like the tension, and I get better tone out of it, but that is a good indication of what you should be doing, that list.

The EC1000 has Sperzel Locking tuners.
Last edited by TurdFerguson at Jun 23, 2008,