• Matyi

    Drop C or C# standard ?

    Well.. I'm going to change srtings on my stratocaster, and I just can't decide which tuning should I tune up with a 11-48 string set.. I love drop tunings, and use mostly them, but a standard tuning could fit for me too. I don't know if it even fits for a drop C or a C# standard.. Somewhere I heard that a 10-52 heavy bottom set most likely to pass with drop C. Can you tell me which tuning's the best with a 11-48 gauge?

    • Alperen G.

      I use 11-48 in a C# setting and I love it. For a drop C, I'd go with a 10-52 or even 10-56. It sounds more defined at the low strings for my taste.

      One recommendation I would give you, though, is experimenting. You can buy these strings for 4-5 bucks, anyway; so I would just get two - three different sets, install them and play for a while. I would even record the sounds they give, and then replace them and do the same. That way, you can easily compare yourself and find what is more appealing to you. 

    • Road King

      I use 11-52 for drop C. 11-48 would probably work too, especially on a trem. I like slightly lighter strings on a trem.

      • Matyi

        Yeah.. top strings are not even overused in my hands.. The only reason I won't like to get a string above 50, is that I find the neck a bit weak..  But well, I'll just give it a try then.  thanks for the hint.  

    • RZK

      I use 10-46 for everything.

       

      Tune it to whatever you need it tuned to.

    • Velt017

      I'm a big fan of the Dunlop Heavy Core 11s and 12s for lower tunings. The tension is there, but you don't feel like you're playing bass strings.

    • Road King

      Matyi wrote:

      Yeah.. top strings are not even overused in my hands.. The only reason I won't like to get a string above 50, is that I find the neck a bit weak..  But well, I'll just give it a try then.  thanks for the hint. 

      The neck will be fine since a 52 tuned to C would be like a 46 tuned to D.

       

      RZK wrote:

      I primarily use standard, Drop D, and Drop C

      I wonder why.

       

    • RZK
      Road King wrote:
       

      RZK wrote:

      I primarily use standard, Drop D, and Drop C

      I wonder why.

       

       

      Your guess is as good as mine.


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