What gauge strings do you use for drop C?

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What gauge do you play?

  1. 10-52

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  2. 11-56

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  3. 11-54

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  4. custom

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  5. other

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  1. capac

    capac SS.org Regular

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    Hey,

    I've always used 11-56 for drop C, but nowadays, I kinda like the feel of 10s on top, but that 52 is just a little bit too loose.

    I'm wondering what are you guys playing in drop C.

    I was thinking about getting a 54 for the low C because I'm afraid a 56 would cause a bit of imbalance.
     
  2. vilk

    vilk Very Regular

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    I use Daddario Jazz Lights 12-52 with a wound 3rd. Wound 3rd is important for detuning, I think plain 3rds start to sound funny as you detune them. D standard/Drop C is right on the threshold. Any lower and the wound 3rd is a must for me. But I've gotten used to it now and use them even for D standard/Drop C.

    I can admit the bottom string might be considered flubby, but I bend that mofo like crazy. I also use 0.6mm nylon picks.
     
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    Zhysick Sick of all

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    I think the scale length is a factor to take into account at this tunning as I have found that in a Gibson guitar I found an 11-56 set the perfect match buy for a 25'5" I had to go for a 10-52 and bought a spare 54 for the bottom string as the 52 was a bit too lose but a 56 a bit too tight. I prefer Gibson scale length for Drop C as I feel the 11-56 just feel perfect but my tastes have changed so I don't know if I would think the same now... I use lighter gauges nowadays.
     
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    Curt Where we're going we don't need neck pickups

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    For me, at 25.5" scale, the 11-56 NYXL set has been absolutely perfect in every way.
     
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    Vyn Not a Sparkly Vampire Contributor

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    Scale length is definitely a factor. For me personally, I run 10-52's on 25.5" for Drop C. I like stuff super light though, on my 7s I run 9-52 in B standard on 25.5".
     
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    Thanks!

    I have 25.4inch scale lenght, and 11-56 is on a tighter side (not really). I think I'm gonna try that 54 on the bottom.
     
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    Used 11-56 in drop C, use the same in C# standard now. It’s just a good set.
     
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    Yes, I use the same set and am very happy with the tension on a 25.5" scale length in drop-C.
     
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    I dont usually use that tuning much, but I do tune in D regularly. I typically use 10-46 on a 25.5" guitar tuned in D. If I drop it, I just use that, but I think I would use 10-52 if I always used Drop C. Or, I would do 10-46, and just replace the 46 with a 52.
     
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    I use the 12-52 set with a wound G on my guitar that is tuned in B. (all strings dropped 5 steps). The wound G really helps in this situation if I play riffs on the second string in E, like I was tuned in standard.

    I like super light strings, so it seems OK to me :) I kind of liked the low strings on the 13-56 better, but the middle strings were too tight, so 12-52 is a better compromise.
     
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    On my 24.75" scale I use the D'addario 12-54 set.
    It's a little tight for me, but I also use this guitar for Drop B, so I need Drop C to be a little tight so that when I go to Drop B i'm not excessively floppy.
     
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    I usually just go with a 10-52 set because it's easy, but my perfect set for drop C would be 10, 13.5, 22w, 32, 42, 54. Maybe a 56 on bottom if I wanted to match the next string tension better, though I normally like a tiny bit more slack out of my bottom string
     
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    10-13-17-26-36-56
     
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    I'm not too picky about the treble strings being 10s or 11s, but I generally like having a 52 or 54 for the low C on a 25.5 inch scale

    For reference, I use a 56 for B down to Ab and a 74 from F# down to D on my 27 inch 8 string, so I'm not a big fan of super thick low strings
     
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    52 just seems a bit on a loose side for me. It's perfect in drop C# so I'm guessing I need a 54.
     
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    Nailed it. Scale length is EVERYTHING for me when determining what gauge strings to use. 25.5 inch scale length I use 11-54 24.5 inch scale length I use 12-56 or the DDarrio 11-56
     
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    54 is PERFECT for drop C tuning. I also like the 10-52's for C# and drop D
     
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    Yeah, agree on the scale length. 10-52s on my les paul feel totally different than on the mayones. 11-56 is perfect for c#/drop B, 10-52 for Eb/drop C#. I just need something in between.
     
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    Snag some 11-54's for between that if you need it. Those are PERFECT for drop C IMO. I've never really researched but im sure you could find a 10-54 set. I prefer Ernie Ball myself
     
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    I think I'm gonna give beefy slinkys a shot. I haven't seen many 10-54 sets around...
     
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