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Old March 21st, 2007, 08:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Guitarists: string gauge/tuning?

What do you fellow guitar players prefer for string gauge and tuning?

Right now I have 12's on my guitar and play in B standard. I find its pretty good for some slow sludge-core type riffs and really doomy clean stuff.

For faster thrash type stuff I like 11's playing in D standard, I find it gives it more tension to pull off that faster stuff.

I think I might have to buy new strings soon tho since I bought Ernie Balls last week and they seem to have a 'tinny' sound to them. At first I thought it was just because they're new and it would go away but I was also reading on the Down forums that someone else found Ernie Balls had that same type sound (which would be great for blues rock type stuff, but not for what I want to play right now).

So what do you guys use/prefer?
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Old March 21st, 2007, 10:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i usually get light gauge strings and generally play in standard tuning. You don't have to down tune to sound heavy. that is my theory.
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Old March 21st, 2007, 10:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have no idea what gauge my strings are, I'm still using the same strings that came with the guitar I bought last summer. I think they're 11 or 12, and I always play in standard, because tuning locks are a huge pain in the ass to deal with, and my tuner only does standard.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 01:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have 9s on my standard tuned Floyd Rose guitar. I have 13s on my Standard C# and Drop A guitars.

Tuning down for the sake of it is gay. But when you can get different voicings, different interesting places to play, I dig it. Hence I do it.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 12:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I use Ernie Balls or GHS Boomers 10-46 gauge. which reminds me, I should change my strings soon. and I tune to standard almost always.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 09:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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D'Adarrio, 11-49, C#. I may switch the lowest string to a .5-something, though, for some tighter riffing, even though I love the huge bends I can get on the low string. Every once in a while I think about switching up brands, too, but I love D'Addario's, especially compared to the Ernie Ball's I used to play.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 09:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah D'Addario's are nice, the last set of strings I had on my guitar were D'Addario's. I think I might try the chrome strings they have, guy at the guitar store said they have a warmer sound to them, anybody here ever try them?
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Old March 24th, 2007, 02:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Right now I'm using D'addarrio 12-52s for "dropped B" tuning, but I think I need to switch to a 56 to try to get more tension for palm muting and whatnot. The reason I tune down has more to do with expanded range than with trying to sound heavy.
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Old March 24th, 2007, 04:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have a strat with Ernie Ball 10s, (I don't take it out of standard much), and my SG which I put EB 11s. I used to have 10s cause I wanted lighter for shredding, but I don't care much now. I usually tune in it standard or down a half or full step, and sometimes go drop C or open C for Devin Townsend stuff
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Old March 24th, 2007, 10:49 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i use Dean Markley lites, and i normally keep one of my guitars in E or Eb, and then the other i use regular DM's and keep that in whatever tuning i feel like (right now it's in C standard)
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Old March 25th, 2007, 12:21 AM   #11 (permalink)
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La bella and Gibson make some of the best strings on the markey today. I use 10's from either of those on my guitars. DR's also are rather nice, although they can be inconsistent in size and arent quite as well crafted.
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Old March 25th, 2007, 10:17 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I have 13s on my Standard C# and Drop A guitars.
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Tuning down for the sake of it is gay. But when you can get different voicings, different interesting places to play, I dig it.
Same here. I find things sound a lot richer in C# standard. Plus, I'm a pretty big guy, so C# fits my vocal range a lot better than E.
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Old March 25th, 2007, 10:47 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Also, if you play almost exclusively in a lower tuning (as many here obviously do) it is advisable to use heavier gauge strings. Playing on more standard tunings usually would call for 9's or 10's mostly, possibly 11's depending on style and preference. I play in Eb/D# most of the time, occasionally I'll drop to C#.
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Old March 25th, 2007, 04:08 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Currently, I use D'Addario XL: 12 - 52. All my guitars are in C# Standard, and sometimes tuned down to 'Drop B'. After trying strings a little lighter and a little heavier I came back to this gauge because I felt they were fast enough to thrash and still tight enough for slow sludge!!!

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Mike Sickle - Right now I have 12's on my guitar and play in B standard. I find its pretty good for some slow sludge-core type riffs and really doomy clean stuff.
Holy frig Mike! B Standard = CROWBAR tuning!!!

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Old March 25th, 2007, 10:13 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Dethklok ftw.

one of my guitars is actually in C for playing "Go Into The Water". i love that song!
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Old March 26th, 2007, 07:23 AM   #16 (permalink)
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B standard isnt that weird, is it?
I'm a dropped 6th string below that
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I use elixir strings. Can't beat'em. Yeah there expensive but god do they kick ass.
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 04:16 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I use Blue Steel strings, 10 gauge. I prefer the universal tuning of E (best for playing along with most songs) but drop to drop D or B standard to play my own songs. Still playing around trying to find a good tuning standard. Sometimes I prefer the clean sound of a higher tuning, but sometimes I prefer the deep booming of lower end tuning.
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 09:22 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I use Thomastik Infeld power brights 10-45 on my guitar. They are a little bit on the expensive side, but ye gads are they excellent strings.

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Old April 5th, 2007, 05:20 PM   #20 (permalink)
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D'Addario XL lights, Eb tuning. Or dropped Db (or C#) if necessary. Mainly because a lot of bands I've listened to have that tuning and it makes standard-tuning stuff easier to sing.
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