We regularly get inquiries as to which of our string gauges we recommend for use with various instruments and with altered tunings. Quite a few of these inquiries lately have been involving deeply dropped tunings, which require strings of a much heavier gauge in order to avoid the dreaded “detune flop.” To help you on your way, we’ve put together this helpful guide to determine which of our extended gauge string packs tend to work best with specific dropped tunings.
Drop D and Eb Standard
Maintains slinkiness on the high strings, and beefs up a tighter feel on the lower strings, especially when dropped.
Using the 11-48 set with the low-E string swapped out for a 52 gives you all of the low-end chug that you need while still feeling like standard tuning on the higher strings.
Retains the feel of standard tuning even when dropped to a much lower tuning.
Optimal for detuning. Similar to the Skinny Top / Heavy Bottom, but several gauges heavier. Provides a higher-tension feel.
C Standard and Drop C
Still feels slinky, but retains a good amount of tension at a significantly dropped tuning.
For an even slinkier, looser feel.
Creating a custom set of single strings allows you to retain tension on the higher strings, while allowing enough twang on the lower strings.
A slightly adjusted custom set of single strings allows you to beef up the higher strings, while retaining the size of the lower strings. Can also use a 62 or 64 on the low-E string for added heaviness and tension.