#1
today i tried to down tune my guitar with an original floyd rose down to drop C from standard the way it came in last week.
so i unlock the nuts and tune the guitar into drop C, fasten the nut and use the fine tuners to find that the bridge is extremely low into the guitar now, so i loosen the bridge so that it is parallel to the body, now the strings are ridiculously loose so i take about 20 mins trying to tighten the strings back up and tune it, once the strings were nearly back to drop C, the bridge was now too far up from the body... so i just gave up.
can someone tell me what i am doing wrong please???
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#2
I'm assuming your using the same strings you were using for standard?

You need to buy thicker gauge strings to accomodate for the lower tunings.

11's would be perfect for drop c.
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#3
ah right, at the momment im using the strings that came with the guitar. i think they are 9 gauge.
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#4
Quote by kwidjibo1
can someone tell me what i am doing wrong please???


Trying to use the same string in drop C and standard for a start.

Secondly you're not reading this thread: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=614226

Try there.
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#5
Theres your problem.
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#6
yeah 11's are bliss for it, relax as well, its really not that complex to do if you think about it.
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#7
ah thanks guys. i really cant be bothered to change all the strings lol so i might stay in drop D for a while.
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#8
I would reccomend you just take it easy and understand that tuning and balancing a floyd rose can in some cases take a few hours. You have to find the exact right combination of string vs. spring tension in order to get it just where you want it, which means making estimates and checking them out then revising your estimates and checking them again. You'll find though that once you get it right, it'll stay right and stay in tune through all sorts of abuse. Don't forget to stretch the strings before you calibrate it though, or they'll loosen up on you and you'll be mad
#9
i just take mine to the shop for tuning coz id need anger management otherwise because i really cant tune floyd rose for toffee! such stress and too many broken strings for my liking!!
#10
Must I ask the question?! WHY DOWNTUNE?! It provides no advantage, and wastes like 5 minutes of time every time you do it (more in your case). Standard kicks ass anyways..
#11
Quote by SylvaShredder
Must I ask the question?! WHY DOWNTUNE?! It provides no advantage, and wastes like 5 minutes of time every time you do it (more in your case). Standard kicks ass anyways..

Completely wrong, you can bend further, get access to lower notes, get a deeper tone.
Tell that to SRV, Satriani, Hendrix and the like.
Last edited by Horlicks at Sep 5, 2008,
#12
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so if i have a 10 gauge and i am tunned down 1 step (D tunning) does that mean that if a want to go tu standar or to C tunning (not dropped C) i have to get a 9 gauge set and a 11 set????? every time I switch tunnings?? that sounds insane
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But when I first got my new schecter with floyd It was tunned standard but i downtuned it 1 step the floyd went a little down so I just loosen the bridge a bit and when i tunned it it came up perfectly pararlel to the guitar
my advise is just take it easy dont get gauges 10 will be okay
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#13
(Sylvashredder)
Because you can. Why stay in standard? Because you can. Its all personal preference.

A lot of blues players drop tune real low because of less tension and the deeper sound, etc.

Metal players downtune because its heavier.

He may want to downtune so he can play along with a kickass song that happens to be downtuned.


Did that answer your question?

Im personally in standard, and have been in drop tunings before. All of them are cool for there own reasons. Dont make stupid statements.
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#14
Quote by slashisgod2006
i just take mine to the shop for tuning coz id need anger management otherwise because i really cant tune floyd rose for toffee! such stress and too many broken strings for my liking!!


i like your technique best
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