C standard tuning - preferred string gauge?

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  1. adew1

    adew1 Active Member

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    For 25.5" scale length? In standard tuning on a 24.75" scale guitar I use 10-46, replacing the 46 with a 50 for better tension when in Drop D, but I'm not sure where to start with a Fender scale guitar in C standard.

    Any suggestions/preferences? Thanks!
     
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    Or get a proper baritone guitar...
     
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    We keep a Les Paul in C-standard and use Jazz Lights (12-52 with wound 3rd string) but of course that is 24 3/7 scale length. If you are using 10-46 then maybe try the 12-52?
     
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    For C I like to use GHS ZW .011 .70
     
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    Thanks all! That's given me a good range of choices. :D
    I think I'll get a couple of different sets and see what I like.
     
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    Good choices. Only things i keep down there are my acoustic 12's , medium string sets and sometimes i go to Bb.
     
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    I use 9-46 most of the time. I buy 10-52 once in a while because it always stands out that I use low gauge strings for as downtuned as I play. Then I remember Tony Iommi uses 9-42 these days.
     
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    I use D'Addarrio 11-50 medium balanced tension on a SG set up for C#. I don't own any 25.5" scale guitars but I've heard that 9-42 on a Strat feels like 10-46 on a Les Paul as far as string tension goes. YMMV. So yeah something with 11's or 12's ( if you like more tension ) would be a good starting point. For 12's I would probably try Dunlop 12-54. $4.99/set.
     
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    I'll try 11's first and see how it goes.
     
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    If you do a lot solo work, I really like the ernie ball beefy bottom skinny top 10-54

    If you're a rhythm guy, beefy slinky's are great for C-std. 11-54

    I play C std and drop B and they are tight, tune stable and really boom! Unless you like bass strings, you don't need to go fatter.
     
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    lately I've been playing a lot in down tunings... but my solution was a digitech drop pedal.

    The feel of playing in C with 009 is amazing lol.
     
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    10-52's... I don't like fighting a guitar.
    11-54's... when I feel frisky.
     

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