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Neurologi
post Sep 21 2009, 12:28 PM
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I am considering changing my default tunings on my three electrics. At present, I have the following configuration which has been pretty much the same for an eternity now:

#1 Fender Powerhouse Stratocaster (Standard Tuning)
#2 Yamaha Super Flighter (Drop D - DADGBE)
#3 Ibanez S470 (Standard D - DGCFAD)


I came upon this configuration for it has allowed me considerable flexibility thus far by changing guitars rather than tunings. Therefore, setup can remain optimal without need for constant adjustments. Something which I very much try to avoid on the Ibanez for instance with its floating trem and all! smile.gif

Of the three, I use the Ibanez the most by far and is outfitted with .010 gauge strings. I was considering is it worthwhile to use a more standard tuning for it like EADGBE or even EbAbDbGbBbEb? I am thinking that as I learn new techniques (for me at least) like sweep picking it would be way easier. Is this a valid assumption? It feels a bit floppy really and higher tension on the strings may make such things a bit crisper. On the other side of the coin, I do like it chunky. So, I find myself in somewhat of a dilemma.

Advice? Suggestions? Comments? Experiences?

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post Sep 21 2009, 12:38 PM
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Keep the guitar you play the most in E standard. If that guitar has no floating bridge then it's easy to switch to drop d tuning so no need for a Guitar always in that tuning. In your case you have a floating bridge on the most used guitar so I would us one of these options:

Ibanez: E Standard
Yamaha: E Flat/D Standard (stoptail bridge so you can switch back and forth with the tuning without a setup needed)
Fender: Drop D

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Ibanez: E Flat
Fender: D standard
Yamaha: E standard/drop d


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post Sep 21 2009, 01:09 PM
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You da man, Zak! I have to weigh up the options now as to which works best for me but kinda what I was thinking about the most used electric being in standard tuning. Thanks for confirming my suspicions and providing a few options. Big thanks from me to you smile.gif


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post Sep 21 2009, 03:28 PM
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Arghhh!!! I knew this would happen. The high E snapped on the Ibanez while setting up for standard tuning. No spares. I suppose a good time for a new set of strings anyway! smile.gif

[EDIT] >> Means I gotta play the Fender now. Ouch.

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post Sep 21 2009, 05:00 PM
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What do we learn from this? It is always good to have some spare strings at home wink.gif


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post Sep 21 2009, 05:03 PM
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Great time to move to another string gauge or try another brand of strings...


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post Sep 21 2009, 07:18 PM
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You are both on the money! I have been a D'Addario man as long as I can remember for electric. Are there choices? wink.gif I was wondering if someone could point me in the right direction of a forum topic here at GMC that discusses relative merits of brands, gauges etc.? "Strings" is a little too general a search keyword really. I am leaning in the direction of going lighter gauge though as playing the Fender today was quite refreshing after playing .010's for so long.

Thankful for the advice as always.


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post Sep 21 2009, 10:11 PM
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QUOTE (Marcus Siepen @ Sep 21 2009, 06:00 PM) *
What do we learn from this? It is always good to have some spare strings at home wink.gif

Oh yes, I learned my lesson a long time ago laugh.gif
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post Sep 22 2009, 12:13 AM
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Well after trolling around here I decided I will get me some Elixir strings. Never heard of them before. Possibly as a Custom Light set. I knew I would find the info I needed here somewhere even if it is well past two in the morning now ... tongue.gif


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