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post Oct 8 2008, 02:03 PM
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I have an Epiphone LP Standard that is tuned to B.

What strings do you recommend for metal playing? I'm not a really heavy picker. And I want the higher strings to still be bendable....

Any suggestions?

Post links to the string sets if you can.


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post Oct 8 2008, 02:04 PM
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11-54 set for a feeling like you're using 9s in standard tuning

...drop b or b standard tuning?

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post Oct 8 2008, 03:15 PM
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13s and a new setup
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post Oct 8 2008, 03:17 PM
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Standard B.


I really fear 13's will be too big.



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Then 12's and a new setup.


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post Oct 8 2008, 06:58 PM
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11/54 set up on drop C they feel like 9's on standard tuning


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post Oct 8 2008, 07:35 PM
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I grabbed some 12-60's at lunch today.

We'll see how they work.

Fortunately with the fixed bridge there isnt as much setup stuff to do. Its been tuned down to B for a while. I'm sure I'll need to tweak the intonation. Hopefully that'll be it.



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post Oct 8 2008, 07:41 PM
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My goodness,I tuned my Musicman to drop D
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post Oct 8 2008, 07:51 PM
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Personally I'm not a fan of it being this low.

C is plenty low. I feel there is a big drop off in definition at B and below.

But the band wants to try out some stuff at B.......

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post Oct 8 2008, 08:23 PM
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Those 12 to 60's should do the trick,and agree with you on drop c being as low as it should be with it sounding good!
My band plays in natural tuning and drop D and want to do some Killswitchy drop C stuff as well!all very well but it means I have to carry around a lot of guitars=I try my hardest to remember what guitar I am playing before we play,been lucky so far but there is going to be a day when I'm playing a song out of tune!lol


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post Oct 8 2008, 08:37 PM
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Yeah, its a pain to have to haul that many guitars to practice.

one for some covers we do in E. One for C. One for B.

Sheesh.....

The good news is I have the guitars to be able to do that. I'd be complaining more if all I had was one guitar. I remember those days.....



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post Oct 8 2008, 09:01 PM
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13 set can be good, they will not be hard at all, on B everything will be soft. They will only be thicker than 11 set, that's all.


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Perhaps get a 7 string? =]
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QUOTE (steve25 @ Oct 8 2008, 10:25 PM) *
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That would make sense.

And I did have one for a little while.

Hated it.

Never wanted to play it. Uncomfortable.

Its just not for me.



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post Oct 8 2008, 09:39 PM
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.11 - .56 would be ideal, light on your fingers and easier to control in Drop B tuning. If i remember correctly SIT strings are the only brand that do that, other brands are do .11-.54 which is okay but the Low B is hard to control and keep in tune as you play, also as the low B string gets older the intonation starts going out the window.
Also lighter strings tuned low just flop around the pick which leads to a messy sound when trying to play fast or tight metal rhythms and riffs.

.12 gauge is also just fine to..we are talking millimeteres here anyway what's one millimetere between strings haha

A new setup would also be a good idea don't set the action to low. Give the strings a little play for wide vibrato and fat Zakk wylde pinches:)


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post Oct 8 2008, 09:42 PM
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I think thats one reason I havent liked 12's and low tunings as much.

I prefer lower action.

Maybe if I raised it a bit I'd be happier.

Does low action and dropped tunings just not mix?



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QUOTE (jer @ Oct 8 2008, 10:42 PM) *
I think thats one reason I havent liked 12's and low tunings as much.

I prefer lower action.

Maybe if I raised it a bit I'd be happier.

Does low action and dropped tunings just not mix?


In my opinion... Not a good Combo. My main reason is the fretbuzz that occurs...not a good sound:)
I also use to prefer a lower action. It hasn't raised a heck of alot but what a difference in any tuning or string gauge.

I find the tone is slightly better and easier to control along with the strings themselves.

But it's what you are comfortable with at the end of the day.


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QUOTE (jer @ Oct 8 2008, 08:51 PM) *
Personally I'm not a fan of it being this low.

C is plenty low. I feel there is a big drop off in definition at B and below.

But the band wants to try out some stuff at B.......

Whatever..... rolleyes.gif

24.75" scale lenght isn't optimal for tuning in B.


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Many Apologies jer is see you are STANDARD B tuned not Drop B tuned.
You can still get away with a lowish action and a set of 13's i don't know what the low gauge of a normal set is.
But D'addario make a 7 string set which is .10 .59 a 7 string is standard B tuning. So take out the .10 gauge and you'll have a .13 .59 set. You have to still watch out for fret buzz on the low B though.


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