66 or 64 gauge for A?

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  1. nyck

    nyck blah!

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    I'm going to order a bunch of strings for my 7th string so I don't have to buy 7 string specific string packs. I have a 58 gauge on it right now and it's WAY too loose. I'm can't decide if I want a 66 or 64 gauge for the Low A. I like my strings tight, but not too tight. I'm kinda leaning towards the 64 because I have a 52 for the D and I think it would be pretty evenly balanced.


    Guitar: RG7620 tuned to A D G C F A D
     
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    dpm Oni Guitars Contributor

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    .065 or .070 bass string, try it!
     
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    eleven59 None shall pass. Contributor

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    I use 10-52 with a 65 bass string tuned ADGCFAD, feels and sounds awesome.
     
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    nyck blah!

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    I can't get a 65 though :(
    Should I get the 64?
     
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    dpm Oni Guitars Contributor

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    As in a bass string for a bass guitar, that should be easier to find than a guitar string :scratch:
    66 or 64 would do, there won't be a huge difference, I'd go heavier myself.
     
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    Dylan7620 that guy

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    what? i put a .65 through my RG7 when i was in A. i like .62 a little better though.
     
  7. Jason

    Jason Forum MVP

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    only problem with the bass strings are the ball ends are usally much bigger
     
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    dpm Oni Guitars Contributor

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    I'm assuming it's for the RG7620, so he'll be cutting the end off.
     
  9. Chris D

    Chris D Fiddich or Morangie???

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    Definately try a 70.

    I use 10,13,17,26,36,52,70 ( bottom 2 from Zakk Wylde GHS Boomer heavy set )

    Astounding clarity!
     
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    before going to a heavier B string, you might want to measure the thread hole in your tuner. if you go too big, it might not fit! :p
     
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    I've gone as high as .68 with no problems, in the gotoh tuners in my old 7620. You can't thread 'em backwards, with the ball end at the tuning peg, but you can't do that with any low B I've ever used, so no loss. :lol:
     
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    I use GHS Boomers GBM set (.011 to .050) with a .070 on my low B, which i tune down to A. Sounds and feels great. I order my strings from JustStrings.com.

    The .070 fits through the peg on my Grover tuners, but would not fit on the locking Grovers i bought, so they're sitting aside for another project. The GHS .070 string is what they call "compound wound", and it has two layers of winding around the unwound core, much like most bass strings.
     
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    If your guitar is 25.5" scale than use a 66 if you like tight strings. I used a 70 on a 24.75" scale fine. By the way... why bother with bass strings when D'Addario makes 62, 64, 66, and 70 electric guitar strings? Just by a single electric string in this guage.


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    eleven59 None shall pass. Contributor

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    Simple: they don't have those guages of guitar string at any store here, so it's just easier to buy a bass string than order custom guages :lol:
     
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    darren Decibel Guitars Forum MVP

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    Try JustStrings.com!
     
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    Oooooh... well here in NYC Rudy's Music carries these guages in store :fawk: hehehe :p


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  18. kovachian

    kovachian not banned at all

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    Did anyone have to file their nuts (no not that kind) to get the fatass strings to fit?
     
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    LOL! No I haven't had to. I've used a .070 on my AX7221 with no problems.


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    sepsis311 Devil's Advocate

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    I think your all crazy.

    I use D'Darrio EXL-125's. Its light high strings, heavy thick strings.

    9
    13
    17
    26
    36
    46
    56 <-- i buy this seperate. also d'darrio.
    Think about it, it makes sense. 26...36... 46... ?...
    And for drop A, i swap the 56 for a 59, only cause they dont make 58.

    It sounds like you guys don't want the strings to move at all. Don't forget, they make their sound by moving back and fourth. Too tight, and you loose out on tone, and put more stress than needed on your neck. Not to mention the number of springs you'll need in the trem cavity. And you gotta remember, all that is holding the entire system in tack, is a couple of screws with small threads (in basswood if its an rg76xx).
     

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