A gauge that works for both Drop G and A?

Discussion in 'Beginners/FAQ' started by WintermintP, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. exo

    exo SS.org Regular

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    Lots of other people have chimed in, but a .068 will do you fine on the 26.5 scale length for a "middle ground" solution. Don't worry about the .070 you put on somehow "hurting" your guitar, either. It's REALLY not that much added tension, comparatively.
     
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    exo SS.org Regular

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    Lots of other people have chimed in, but a .068 will do you fine on the 26.5 scale length for a "middle ground" solution. Don't worry about the .070 you put on somehow "hurting" your guitar, either. It's REALLY not that much added tension, comparatively.
     
  3. WintermintP

    WintermintP Lead/Rhythm Guitar, One Minute Winter

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    Two things.

    Remember, I do prefer lighter gauges but at the same time, my playing style is very aggressive as I said earlier, so I do indeed prefer a little bit more tension than the lightest gauge possible on the lower strings. This is why I went with a 10-52 as opposed to a regular 10 set because while couverdure edited his/her post to cater the suggestion closer to the lighter end, I actually did realise I am going to need that additional attack to the strings, and the only way to achieve such a thing was to beef up strings 4 to 6.

    In addition, if 68 were available, I would've selected that. However, due to the time constraints I did have to get the guitar restrung as quickly as possible, so I had to use whatever that was available. That's why I ended up with a 70 as opposed to a 68, which I normally would've gone for.

    Another thing to note, above all, is that the 70 actually did work toward my favour. It did feel a bit intimidating at first, but the tone I could get from it was dangerous. I did have to dial a whole new tone, but it actually worked out great for what I was trying to do.

    As for how to get such a tone, the new tone I dial has the Thermionik Duality 3ch cranked to a Red Modern channel with the gain cranked up all the way and the EQ blended to taste. Then what I did was take the Dry/Wet to a 70% so that some of the string clanging can actually come out clearer. I realised that I was able to make the tone sound professional and still have that gain monster kind of tone I sorely needed at the same time. It's pretty much just like how you would dial a metal bass tone, except you want the raw DI to cover the highs as well, so you wouldn't put a lowpass on it.

    Thanks,
    WintermintP
     
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