I’d be really careful what you read online about this stuff because there’s a lot of different things that don’t really work in practice. It sounded like ass. Right now I have this laid out in just standard tuning with an E at the bottom. As you can see, this set already stinks and the bottom end is okay from four through six. String gauge is the thickness/diameter of a guitar string. Only thing is that gauge, drop B is about the lowest it can really go. Then as you go up, 10.5s, 11, 11.5s, 12s, 13s, all of them will have a drop configuration that is basically balance for whatever you’re tuning in, tuning that six string down a whole step. For example, I play in standard with 10 gauge string set. There are a couple of reasons for this. That is far from good. Another question we get a lot is about progressive tension. Discussion in 'The Tone Zone' started by MetalGuitarGuy17, May 21, 2012. If you haven’t seen our last video where we talk about balance tension, that could be worthwhile to watch. We went ahead and pulled that down from a 42. I'm thinking something along the lines of Ernie Ball Beefy Slinkys (gauges 11-54) or Not Even Slinkys (12-56), but do you guys have any suggestions? Haha lol XD The actual string gauge on the Elixir Baritone set is the almost exact string gauges on Björn Gelotte´s, guitarist in In Flames, guitar XD Well, I think I drop the Elixirs for now because I´m going to play in two different bands with my Epiphone LP. If I drop down to e flat, 1 half step, they will feel like 9 gauge, so I use a 11 gauge set for my guitar I have set up for e flat tuning. For 2 whole step (C tuning), I would pick 14 gauge, as it will feel like 10 gauge but in drop C tuning (down 2 whole steps). The thing that gets me about DR is … I run 45-130 gauge. First off, let’s take a look at what it’s like if you’re playing in drop D with a typical 10 to 46 set of strings. I also recommend LaBella strings because they have great, crisp tone, and make string sets specifically for Drop tunings on a six string. B or C standard they might feel way too loose. That just barely made it above the 52. First of all, having that big of a diameter jump between those two strings is going to feel a little bit unnatural for you as a player. Some bassists prefer to buy individual strings in gauges that match their own preferences rather than being limited to those gauges found in string sets. The idea behind progressive tension is that you have the lowest amount of tension on your highest pitch string and then every string after that always increases in tension down to the lowest string in the set having the most tension in the set. 2. Similarly, if you’re a player that likes to play in 9s but likes to play full time in drop D or even drop C, we have drop 9s, drop 9 and a halves and drop 10s as well which can all be great choices there. If you use, like GiRa reasonably suggested, 013-056 for standard B, it looks like following: B, 056/E 046/A 036/d 026/f# 017/b 013. We’ll talk about why those are not necessarily the best idea. There are some guitar string tension calculators available online. Fear not the 12 and 13 gauges. There. I’ve measured some of them with calibers myself so I know a bit what they’re doing and frankly I don’t think they’re actually really doing what they say they’re doing when you look at the gauges that you’d actually need to truly get progressive tension across the whole set. Then you just have a 28 and a 38 in the fourth and the fifth which is basically what you’d see in a typical medium set, a set of 11s for electric guitar. Nile Guitar World I think I'm gonna get a 10-50 set, take out the 10 and put in a 68 or 70 gauge. I’m Scott from Stringjoy Guitar Strings. Be sure to give this video a thumbs up. View 7 string guitar scale information and notes. 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