Drop Tuning String Gauge
PosterBoy
Feb 7 2020, 10:32 AM
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I''m considering putting my Les Paul into a drop tuning to start exploring playing more post hardcore type stuff

I think I have 11s on it at the moment in standard tuning,

I'm thinking of either C# standard tuning as Darius' Metalcore lessons are in or Drop C# like Story of the year guitarist .

So do I go 12s or 13s?

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Feb 7 2020, 10:35 AM
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I might not be the right guy to answer - but most of the time I use drop tuning (D or C#) I don't even bother changing strings - I just use my 0.46 low e string.

That's not to say you shouldn't make the switch, because it likely will be a better experience with less "flabbiness".

But you can def start practicing with your current strings as well.

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PosterBoy
Feb 7 2020, 11:48 AM
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Yeah, i can't do flabby strings, i pick too hard for that!

Maybe there's a lesson in that too

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Feb 7 2020, 03:32 PM
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I found this pretty eye opening.
Not exactly your question but definitely related.

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Feb 8 2020, 06:56 AM
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I've said it before, I'll say it again and the vid seems to agree with me. 8s and 9s are just the best strings for mid range and guitar is a mid range instrument. If I do any down tune stuff, I usually use my hotone HARMONY Pedal which detunes for me. It isn't digital so there is zero lag. I use the Yngwie 8 sets and have found them to be the most expressive strings I've ever used as they respond to subtle vibrato like no other strings I've ever tried. However, I'm a lead player. Not a rythm player. Some players are more focused on rythm and like extended range necks, (which I really can't abide due to the increase in string tension and reduction in expressiveness) and really thick strings. Also can't abide thick strings again due to the lack of expressiveness compared to lighter gauge. This is JUST ME AND MY PREFS. YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY smile.gif
Quick Demo of yngwie set in action for wide/deep vibrato. smile.gif


Here is another guy found out Beato was right. He switched to 9 gauge super slinkys (I used to use them as well)
Again, this is just my view, and beato and this other dude and it looks like some other cats making videos now on the same issue. I do feel vindicated just a bit as I've been saying the same thing for many years. Still, some folks like heavy gauge strings and to those folks I say MORE POWER TO YA! It takes all kinds to fill up a concert hall folks so you gotta go with what works for you at the end of the day, no matter what that is.
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Feb 7 2020, 10:32 AM) *
I found this pretty eye opening. Not exactly your question but definitely related.

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Feb 8 2020, 02:58 PM
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Someone asked on a Telecaster facebook group what are preferred string gauge was, and my response was I'd love a set that was 9s for the fretting hand and 10s for the picking hand!

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Feb 8 2020, 10:33 PM
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It all comes to prefs of course smile.gif The 9's are less flabby sounding than the 10s according to these folks. Why do you want 10s for your pick hand? Requires more strike power and burns out the hand quicker and reduces dynamics?
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I personally like the resistence in my pick hand. A lot of players do.

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It really does come down to preference. NO matter what anyone says, or doesn't say, it comes down to the player and his own choices. So folks, sadly, like most things in guitar. There are not HARD FIRM ANSWERS. It comes down to you trying everyone gauge/set you can get your hands on and finding out what works for you.
I used 9 slinkys for 10 years!!!! Then one day, I saw a set of bullet end yngwie strings on sale and they were out of my reuglar so I tried them. I LOVE the bullet ends as they make it really easy to restring since the bullet end acts like an anchor. and prevents string slippage. Also, the tone is perfect and they are simply the most subtle and expressive strings I"ve ever played. I'm sold. But again, just me. Some people, LIKE KEN< play AMAZINGLY WELL using very thick strings that would make me play like a first year student.

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So do your reserach folks! Try several packs of different strings! IT's the same with everything. There are no hard nand fast answers. It go
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