What string gauge shall I use ?



What string gauge shall I use ?

Postby Finskjaere » Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:24 am

Hello guys,

I have a really nice Gibson SG, and I want to tune it down to C std and drop B. I've heard about everything and it's opposite, and I'm confused now.

What string gauge shall I use for this setup ? I love to play with the Daddario EXL158 for my Epi LP tuned in B std and drop A.

Thanks for your answers and sorry for my crappy english !
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Re: What string gauge shall I use ?

Postby WayToHip » Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:58 pm

If the string tension is great with the Epi and you like that string brand, going down one step in string l thickness should be fine for the SG; also won't you be droptuning the SG down to B sharp/A flat? B standard tuning and C standard tuning are only a half step apart.
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Re: What string gauge shall I use ?

Postby maggot » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:52 pm

I tune to C standard and use XL158s on my 26.5" baritone, and EJ22s (13-56 with wound 3rd) on my Hagstrom. I've wondered about putting the XL158s on my regular guitar as well. One thing I know is that I'll never go back to an unwound third string for C-standard. It just sounds so much heavier and crunchier with the wound 3rd, and I have no trouble bending it.
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Re: What string gauge shall I use ?

Postby emptyparadigm » Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:16 am

I use the same baritone set on my Gibson Vs tuned to drop d down 2 steps. Love the feel of that gauge.
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Re: What string gauge shall I use ?

Postby christianatl » Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:38 pm

Another EJ22 fan here (13-56 w a wound 3rd).
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Re: What string gauge shall I use ?

Postby neonblack » Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:41 pm

christianatl wrote:Another EJ22 fan here (13-56 w a wound 3rd).


What tuning do you typically use?
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Re: What string gauge shall I use ?

Postby waltdogg » Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:58 am

d’addario jazz mediums at the VERY least. i used to put those on an sg i had but i only could get as low as c standard before the strings got too low tension for me.
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Re: What string gauge shall I use ?

Postby benjuro » Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:01 am

maggot wrote:I tune to C standard and use XL158s on my 26.5" baritone...


I'm digging this set, never seen it before. I'm curious what they mean by designed for today's modern, shorter scale electric baritone guitars.
Think they'll fit my 27.7" scale bari?
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Re: What string gauge shall I use ?

Postby Finskjaere » Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:21 pm

Hello guys,

Thanks a lot for your answers!

maggot wrote:I tune to C standard and use XL158s on my 26.5" baritone, and EJ22s (13-56 with wound 3rd) on my Hagstrom. I've wondered about putting the XL158s on my regular guitar as well. One thing I know is that I'll never go back to an unwound third string for C-standard. It just sounds so much heavier and crunchier with the wound 3rd, and I have no trouble bending it.


What is your Hagstrom's scale ? 24.75" ? The EJ22 seem to be a good option though.

WayToHip wrote:also won't you be droptuning the SG down to B sharp/A flat? B standard tuning and C standard tuning are only a half step apart.


That's a good question, I didn't realise they are only a half step apart.

Also, I've just seen these strings http://daddario.com/DADProductDetail.Page?ActiveID=3769&productid=31&productname=EXL148_Nickel_Wound__Extra_Heavy__12_60

What do you think about these ?

When I was visiting the Daddario website, another question came to my mind : did you ever use some flat wound strings ? Flat wounds are recommended for jazz etc. but with the warm sound, it can be cool for doom, no ?
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Re: What string gauge shall I use ?

Postby Antlerface » Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:00 pm

I use NYXL 13 set tuned to B standard, but I like playing with cheese cutters for strings. Nice and tight, stay dangerous.
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Re: What string gauge shall I use ?

Postby mulekicker » Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:37 pm

I tune to drop c and use either ej22's or (just put these on my Les Paul jr/special) EB 11-54's. No wound g on those so the jury is out til I play em for a bit.
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