10-46 gauge 7th string?

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  1. Curtis1

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    Hi all i always used 9-46+62 strings on my Jackson 26.5" scale 7 string guitar. (Standard tuning)

    I just started using 10-46+64 strings instead. Is the 64 too big? Im using it in standard tuning, but everywhere i look people seem to use 59 and 60 gauge etc for their low B.

    Am i just weird? the tension feels right and matched.
     
  2. hairychris

    hairychris Hairy Old Bloke

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    If it feels right and sounds right, it's right. Plenty of folks use heavier lowest strings as the ones provided in 7 sets do tend to be lowish tension.
     
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    I use the exact same. The B string is tuned to A though. The gauge feels right to me :yesway:
     
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    59 is the string for me!
    It feels good, not floppy.
     
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    Chris O Not The Dude...

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    56-ish for a 10-46 is kinda standard.
     
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    Forkface Feast on this.

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    Use whatever the f*** feels right to you.
     
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    For that set I use a .60
     
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    My 7 string string setup is different, I've got it set from strings 1-7 .10, .13, .17, .32, .46, .56 and a .65 and it's perfect for Bb. For my Goldtop I've got the same thing 10-56 for drop-d, because I don't like spaghetti strings lol
     
  9. tat2sbylolo

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    Yep 10-46 + 56.

    Thou I may try 60's for standard low B. I feel like when I'm noodling on the low string it could be a bit tighter.


    Nice to see anouther Minnesotan in here Chris!
     
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    I'd use a 59/60 since I go between A and B very often, if I strictly played in B Standard I'd just use a 56 and a 62 if I were in A.
     
  11. Nagash

    Nagash chugs and screams

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    rule number one is : play with whatever the heck you prefer. truth is, ALL string sets in goddamn history have too thin 6th strings, and the 7th strings are even worse. just play with whatever has the right tension under your fingers.

    my 7-string has a high 9 and a low 68, I'm in standard tuning. who gives a damn ? nobody needs to, cause it's me playing and I'm fine with it. if you start to OCD about what others do with their strings, it's about as lame as comparing penis size IMO. I think that makes it clear :lol:
     
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    I just recently (as in yesterday) switched from a 59 (way to thin) to a 68 for my lowest string on my seven.

    I use D'Adarrio 10-46 and slap on a 68 for my lowest string. It sounds absolutely fantastic! Haha.
     
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    10-46 then a 68 that's an INSANE gauge shift! As I mentioned in my post, I try to keep mine at an even tension.
     
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    I do 9-12-16-26-38-52-68. I don't see what's wrong about a low 68. :fawk:
     
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    With your current setup (OP) the .064 still has lighter tension than your A2 string, so i can see how this feels good and balanced! If you wanted to balance it a little bit better I would normally say to match it to your E2 string. A size .060 should do the trick for that. :yesway:

    Current setup
    E4 .010 dapl == 17.51#
    B3 .013 dapl == 16.61#
    G3 .017 dapl == 17.89#
    D3 .026 danw == 19.88#
    A2 .036 danw == 21.1#
    E2 .046 danw == 18.88#
    B1 .064 danw == 20.79

    B1 approximately matches E2
    E4 .010 dapl == 17.51#
    B3 .013 dapl == 16.61#
    G3 .017 dapl == 17.89#
    D3 .026 danw == 19.88#
    A2 .036 danw == 21.1#
    E2 .046 danw == 18.88#
    B1 .060 danw == 18.45#
     
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    10-52 + 74 over here.

    Tuned to Drop G (D Standard with a low G) on a 26.5" Ibanez.
     
  17. Curtis1

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    This is very true my friend! However the problem i see with that logic, is that as a string gets thicker and also lower tuning, the buzz and stability factor gets worse. the B1 string is only the same tension as the E2 string, BUT ITS ABOUT ANOTHER 30% BIGGER! Using that logic, if i wanted my lowest string to be a low G, and i would want MORE tension on it than my B was to maintain stability and avoid buzz?
     
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    I use .13 to .66, drop Ab, 25.5" scale length. What can I say, I like them tight :tomato:
     
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    I use 9-46 with a 65 for the low B and it balances well, pretty close to your setup. I previously had a 60 low B, but I thought it was a bit loose-feeling. Verdict is still out for me on which one sounds better.

    I have no idea how people play with standard 7 string sets, 10-46 with a low 56. I tried it once and its so damn loose and floppy haha.
     
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    Indeed but it is all a matter of preference. Many prefer much much lighter strings on the low end! Take Born of Osiris, for example:

    len 25.5
    D4 .010 dapl == 12.87#
    A3 .013 dapl == 12.21#
    F3 .017 dapl == 13.15#
    C3 .026 danw == 14.61#
    G2 .036 danw == 15.51#
    D2 .046 danw == 13.88#
    G1 .059 danw == 10.38#

    Between the bottom two strings the tension drops three pounds! Why? Because of the tone they prefer.

    Now here's Jeff Loomis' old setup:

    len 26.5
    E4b .011 dapl == 18.88#
    B3b .014 dapl == 17.16#
    G3b .018 dapl == 17.87#
    D3b .028 danw == 20.5#
    A2b .038 danw == 20.76#
    E2b .049 danw == 18.94#
    B1b .070 danw == 22.06#

    Between his bottom two strings his tension INCREASES about three pounds! Why? It's the tone and feel he was prefering.

    Now seeing as the preferences abound in both directions the best i can do for someone asking for tension advice is to aim for the MIDDLE ground no matter what I might prefer :yesway:
     

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