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post Nov 23 2009, 11:49 PM
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Hello GMCers

I`ve been searching the forums for this topic and although there are many posts on changing the strings and tuning to standard with a floating bridge I can`t seem to find a topic on tuning from standard to drop C (maybe I haven`t searched hard enough though). Can someone please explain how this is done? I believe that since the tension on the strings is much less that you need to adjust the screws in the back so there is less tension in the springs to make it equal. This makes sense to me. But actually applying this...should I attempt tuning to drop C then adjust spring tension? I`ve tried this with no success. I lessen spring tension and must re-tune, which I expect, but bridge falls below parallel again. Any help is appreciated!
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post Nov 23 2009, 11:59 PM
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Dropped C tuning has CGCFAD notes. You will need thicker strings for such low tension, and you will have to do a complete setup of the guitar probably. If you aren't too sure what to do, I suggest you do see a guitar tech.


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post Nov 24 2009, 12:01 AM
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First of all is changing to a thicker string gauge. 9s or 10 gauge strings won't do you any good, I would recommend 11-54 by Ernie Ball (or some other brand). It's a drop tune string set with very heavy gauges for the low C.

You block the brdige so that it stays in the ideal playing position, you restring the guitar and tune to drop C, then you can remove the blocking. If you bridge raises out of the body, tighten the springs - if your bridge falls into the body, lossen the springs.
Block, tune and adjust until your bridge is floating in the right position with the correct tuning.

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post Nov 24 2009, 12:07 AM
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I haven`t setup a floating before so a tech is probably a good idea. I`ve seen the vidoes linked by Andrew on restringing a floating but thats it. I haven`t attempted it yet. Thank you for quick replies!
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post Nov 24 2009, 04:31 PM
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Make sure you use really thick strings for that tuning, the 11's would be equivalent to the 8's on standard E tuning or somewhere around there


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