What gauge strings do you use for drop C?

Discussion in 'Beginners/FAQ' started by capac, Feb 13, 2018.

What gauge do you play?

  1. 10-52

    12 vote(s)
    25.5%
  2. 11-56

    16 vote(s)
    34.0%
  3. 11-54

    5 vote(s)
    10.6%
  4. custom

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    21.3%
  5. other

    4 vote(s)
    8.5%
  1. Lorcan Ward

    Lorcan Ward 7slinger Contributor

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    Pogressive Tension set of D'addario 10 14 18 28 38 56

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    Ideally I'd like an 18.5 and 27 but they aren't available. I always recommend swapping the 11 in most sets for 10 when tuning it to D so it feels like a 9 tuned to E.
     
  2. Winspear

    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    ^ Much the same though I'd be running 10.5 and 58 myself
     
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  3. gnoll

    gnoll SS.org Regular

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    I'm apparently weird but I need a thicker string for drop tunings. The heavy bottom sets don't cut it, because all 3 bottom strings are thicker (wtf???) and the very bottom one isn't thick enough!! I use a ~60 or so for C#. For C I would maybe want a 63-64?
     
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    RND SS.org Regular

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    Ditto. I've tried 11-54 before too, and the C has always been too floppy for my taste. 25.5" scale too.
     
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    angl2k SS.org Regular

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    10-52 for 25.5" scale. Not because I like the loose feel but I like the tone better with 52's.
     
  6. Winspear

    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    Exactly! And the trebles too. Once you get below 11-49 sets really get pretty limited especially if you are drop tuning. Even if you are happy with the 2nd and 3rd wounds being tighter than the bass string, getting the 6th string tight enough in drop tuning means very tight trebles if you are shopping normal sets. If I want to drop tune which I rarely do anymore, I'll find a nicely balanced set for the standard equivalent and swap out the bottom string.
    Thankfully Stringjoy make this very easy and affordable!
     
  7. Albake21

    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    The Daddario EXL117 (11-56) set are my all time favorite for drop C. Perfect thickness and tension IMO. Also that's for my 25.5" scale.
     
  8. capac

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    Maybe I should give them another shot. I'd been playing them for a long time anyways.
     
  9. Curt

    Curt Where we're going we don't need neck pickups

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    If you feel like you want less tension, I say NYXLs are the way to go. I don't know that they actually have less tension, but they feel slinkier, if only a little.
     
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    I ran 117's (11-56) for a long time. Still like the feel of the set in drop-c on 25.5. I dropped one of my guitars down to 140's (10-52), and got a much brighter tone, that I liked significantly better. Still like playing the 10-52 set, but I will sometimes throw chords out of pitch if I get even slightly heavy handed, mainly on the high strings.

    I need to try out the 116's (11-52), as they may be the right middle ground for me.
     
  11. stevexc

    stevexc Contributor

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    11-56... on a 24.75".
     
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    Yeah, I had NYXL and they were really cool, lasted a bit longer and stayed in tune a little better than regular XLs, but the tension on lower strings wasn't really lower. Higher strings felt a little differently (more rubbery), but that's it. Are they worth the money? Maybe.
     
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    Put a set of 11-56 NYXLs on...

    They are pretty good and tight for drop C, but I find that 56 is a bit much for D (just doesn't sound good). I may give 11-54 set a shot in the future if 11-56 doesn't work out ;).
     
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    Just put on the 11-56 EXL117 set on one of my 25.5" and they sound and feel great. I'll certainly use this set for Drop C.
     
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    I use something .60-.10 on a 25.5" scale. I like a fair bit of tension on the lower strings and not quite as much on the higher strings, plus I tend to tune down lower to drop b pretty regularly anymore so the extra tension helps there too.
     
  16. Mprinsje

    Mprinsje st. anger ain't bad!

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    10-52 d'addario's, on a 24,75" or 25,5" scale neck
     
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    D'addario EXL115 11-49
     
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    Even though I've mainly tuned to drop-C for like past 8 years, I still haven't paid much attention to the gauges. Especially since I change strings so seldom. I think I currently use 11-54 which seems to work for me pretty well.
     

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