String Tension Super Thread (Got a string question? Post it here!)

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  1. WintermintP

    WintermintP Lead/Rhythm Guitar, One Minute Winter

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    Okee I should try this myself... Thank you T3T

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  2. Droontar

    Droontar SS.org Regular

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    Hi guys! I've got a Epiphone MKH 7 String Signature and I'm trying to tune in Standard G# and sometimes drop the 6th string to have Drop B tuning on the higher 6 strings.

    I was using Ernie Ball's .56-.12 in my Epiphone LP standard (24.75") to tune in Drop B. What gauges should I use on my 7 string knowing that it still uses 24.75"?.

    I went to my local luthier and he recommend me to use a Ernie Ball's .54-.11 plus an extra .64 for my 7th string, but before playing with those for a week it feels really weird, like it lacks some presence or "fatty" bass sounds.
     
  3. The Mirror

    The Mirror SS.org Regular

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    For such a short scale I'd take at least a .070 for the G#. I use a .070 for G on a 25.5 scale.
     
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    Droontar SS.org Regular

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    And what about the others? Should I stick on using .54-.11?
     
  5. Discoqueen

    Discoqueen Dang tootin

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    For tuning to B standard on a 24.75” scale length guitar, is .12 to .52 good? I’d think .52 would be kinda smol.
     
  6. lurè

    lurè extended range pizza

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    On a 6 string I'd personally go for something like .13-.60.
    On a regular 25.5" a .59 for the low B is fine but for a 24.75" I'd start with a .60 at least.
     
  7. lurè

    lurè extended range pizza

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    I've got two 7 string guitars , the first is 27" scale and the second is 26.5". Both are tuned to drop G (GDGCFAD).
    The current strings for both guitars are 11-53+74 but I dont like the tension at all: too much tension that I can't even adjust the truss rod to have a decently straight neck with low action.
    I would like suggestions for a set of strings that can be good for both guitars.

    I was thinking to go for a 10-52+70 set and I checked daddario string tension calculator with the following results:
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    26.5.jpg 27.jpg
    Tension seems quite umbalanced. Am I missing something?

    PS: Playing-wise I don't have an heavy hand on strings so I was looking for a medium-light string set.
     
  8. Winspear

    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    You'll have gotten the octave number wrong in the middle there resulting in the 4lbs haha, but apart from that , you aren't missing anything no. Most sets are very imbalanced especially once you get above the typical 9-42 and 10-46. You will generally want the trebles lighter than the basses mind, so don't consider that so much of an imbalance. A perfect set to me looks something like balanced plains and balanced wounds around 3-5lbs heavier.
    I don't mind the A and D being tighter personally as long as the low E is still tight enough. You'll have to go custom if you want to correct that imbalance. And if you want the low G as tight as the octave G, you need to double the gauge (eg 88 with 44). No need to go that tight but I do recommend at least getting it as tight as the 2nd string at the 18lb mark.
     
  9. Discoqueen

    Discoqueen Dang tootin

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    @lurè thank you, I figured that would be about right. I found the d’addario Baritone set going .13 to .62
     
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    lurè extended range pizza

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    Thanks for the reply, I've tried to balance strings as you suggested and came up with something like this:
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    Maybe 038 on 5th string would be better (18.65 lb).
    7th string is 070 -> 15.45 lb 074 ->17.1 lb
     
  11. Winspear

    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    Excellent set, 72 or 74 is definitely a good idea I think. The 72 should be just about tight enough to feel uniform and give you a bit more brightness :) And indeed I don't think they sell 37s anyway
     
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    Discoqueen Dang tootin

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    Lol had a bad time fitting a .62 through a Spertzel. It took forever to get it to where I could unwind enough of the string to get it into the tuner peg.
     
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