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Can You Suggest a String Guage?
I have a Maton 6string acoustic guitar (with factory pick-ups) and a
Fender Telecaster. I tune down half a step (Eb,Ab,Db,Gb,Bb,Eb), with the
occasional down tune of the E string to D (Db). Can you suggest a gauge
of string that would best suit this set up. I am currently using fairly
heavy strings to compensate for the lower tunings, but would like to try
lighter strings if possible. Would the guitars need to be set up
differently to maintain harmonic integrity and would that then affect
the sound of the guitar should I need to return it to concert pitch for
other musical projects ?Thanx Steve
Rick Andrews Answers Your Question Below.
Well now that's a different one for me for sure but I will give you opinion
A half step is really not that much. If you think about it this
way . . . players using a tremelo tailpiece or as some refer to it as a
WHAMMY BAR . . . not to be confused with other bars, the step up or down
with those are more than half step by far.
Same string gauge should be fine just as normal. You might have to do a
very tiny adjustment to the truss rod if you leave it tuned down for longer
time periods, but otherwise I would stay with the strings that you use the
If anything maybe as you say a slight heavier guage but to me the same as
usual would be fine, especially on the telecaster. Interesting stuff there.
Rick Andrews- Andrews Guitars
I have to agree with you on this one Rick. I use 10's- 46's on my
Yamaha Pacifica and I've tuned down a 1/2 step a number
of times without any noticable issues. I would suggest moving up one string gauge
if you plan to stay in that tuning as the sustain (at least on my guitars) is
not quit as good as when it was in the normal tuning (but what is normal now?)..
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