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Calculating string-gauges ... I don't get it

Discussion in 'Backline' started by JoeJackson, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. JoeJackson

    JoeJackson Member

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    Hey guys!

    Can somebody please help me calculating corresponding string-gauges?

    I used to use a Dunlop Zakk Wylde Set (.10, .13, .17, .36, .52, .60) for C#-Standard-Tuning (on a 25,5-neck).

    Now I started a new project and we're going to tune to Drop-A (AND B-Standard for some songs). The Dunlop-Set is kind of okay for B-Standard, but the .60 tuned to A is horrible. I'm perfectly fine with the high strings beeing relatively "slack", but the bass-strings have to be pretty tense.

    So, whats the equivalent string-gauge for A, when I loved the .60 on C# and am okay with it on B?

    I downloaded the D'addario tension-guide, but ... well ... I'm not good with numbers and so I don't get it :D
     
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    Im also curious about this kind of thing.
     
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    hmm... for my ibanez rg350ex (if I remember right it is also 25,5 neck) .11 - .54 is ideal for drop A - high string is right tension and also same for low string. Also next thickness got too much tension on higher strings and ruin bending.
    So I think that string gouge compatibility depends on guitar.
     
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    i am curiuos too. just installed new strings in my eclipse. i used not even slinky by ernieball. its 012-0.60
    it horrible to play solos, can someone get used to it? or shall i just stick lower gauge?
     
  5. JoeJackson

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    Wow ... I play .52's tuned to E, man - I cannot imagine, how loose a .54 at A must be *haha*

    I don't think the guitar itself has that much impact on string-tension. This is a pure physical/mathematical thing. The neck is 25.5" long -> string-tension is XY kg (or whatever string-tension is measured in).
     
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    Okay guys ... I found a tension-calculator that works beyond .56's.

    http://hikkyz.net/misc/stringassembler/

    Edit:
    I'm such an idiot - I can't even use the calculator :D

    For (mainly) Drop-A I could use a .70 - and I think it's okay to tune it up to B, too.
     
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    I like this calc: http://humanoid.ahmala.fi/software/

    I use D'addario 12-54 for Drop B on my PRS 25". When i tune to Drop C with that strings bending is almost impossible and last time the high strings broke :D
    And i had two 25,5" Guitars. I used the same strings on both and the tension was not the same. I guess there are some other factors beside the scale length, but don't know..
     
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    .70 would be ok for me, but I like thick strings, I got no clue how some people are able to play Drop B with 0.54s
    on a PRS (no offense Red Phoenix ;) ) B on a 25,5" should be at least a 0.60 for me, anything lighter would fuck
    my playing up alot.
     
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    I hit my strings really hard so i take care that they are not flabby. On my 25,5" i have 60s and they aren't as strong as on my 25" with 54s. It's against math and i wouldn't believe it but it's obviously when i switch between them.

    try the calc i posted. Its very easy to use and has all string gauges available
     
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    I don't know well enough what the exact notes are, so this isn't helping me much. I know what the notes are, but not whether it's "A3" or "B2". Just something I don't know offhand...
     
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    Well, E2 is the "normal" E on a guitar. Downtuned it's D#2, D2, ..., B1, A#1, A1 and so on.
    Thanks for the other calculator-link.
     

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