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Lindsey

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    There's enough information online about which size is recommended for specific tunings, but what's your favourite?

    My favourite varies on guitar and tuning.
    I have a guitar tuned to drop B at the moment, usually I don't go under C#. It has 11's on it, I might try 12 someday. They feel a bit soft but even the 10's stayed in tune once they were used to it.

    I want to try a lighter gauge on my tele soon because it sounds messy. It has 10 on it now.
    Thinner strings are supposed to give a cleaner sound.
     

    Edward John

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    I always play nines and it's almost always in standard, not really a fan of the other tunings, but you do get problems with tuning at times.
     
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    Moonrunner

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    In my own experience, i always used 10-52 for Drop D because that was Syn and Zacky used(M-Steel Series).
    For drop C I used 12-60. I really dig thicker bottoms and i had my metalcore era hahaha.
    I tried some others gauges, and about 2 years or so i decided to lower my gauge just a litte bit.
    Nowdays i got 10-46 for E Standard and 11-56 for Drop C. Even Still, I'm about to try 10-58 on Drop C (Horizon Devices one's)

    With thicker gauges you got better bendinds as far as I´m concerned, but for me is also about the feel I get when playing.
     
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    Donovan Etue

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    Skinny Tops Heavy Bottoms 10-52 for Drop D and E Standard after watching the Ernie Ball series which I think was called the Inspired By series? Anyway I like having a pretty good bit of tension when playing in E and D standard. For my 2nd guitar which I swap in between D Standard and Drop C I've got a set of 12-56 which feels pretty damn good. I think the lightest gauge I tried out for E Standard early on was a set of 9-42 but the 42 and the next string up were just too loose for my liking. I've been curious about how a 9-52 would be for a guitar for strictly Drop D guitar. Have plenty of tension to riff out on power chords down below and loose enough up top for some real big and easy bends.
     
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    Ed Seith

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    I used 9-46 for decades. When I started experimenting with picks, I also started experimenting with strings. Where I landed was that for most of my guitars, 10-46 is just right.

    If it's in Eb tuning, especially if I drop tune that Eb string, I use 10-48s. Anything lower than Drop C#, I go with 11-52.

    I do, I think, have 12-56 on a B standard guitar, but honestly I never play it, so I will probably bring it back up to a more normal tuning soon.
     

    Edward John

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    I used 9-46 for decades. When I started experimenting with picks, I also started experimenting with strings. Where I landed was that for most of my guitars, 10-46 is just right.

    If it's in Eb tuning, especially if I drop tune that Eb string, I use 10-48s. Anything lower than Drop C#, I go with 11-52.

    I do, I think, have 12-56 on a B standard guitar, but honestly I never play it, so I will probably bring it back up to a more normal tuning soon.
    Eb tuning, I can tell you are an eighties metal head like me, Ed. Van Halen tuning. :)
     
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    Eb tuning, I can tell you are an eighties metal head like me, Ed. Van Halen tuning. :)

    Somewhat. I am much more into modern metal than 80s metal now. The guitars I keep in Eb are usually hardtails and they wind up in Drop C# as often as Eb standard. But yeah, all the Eb standard stuff is like Extreme, Lynch Mob, GnR, stuff like that, so yeah!
     
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    NickyTee

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    I use 10-52 on all my 6 string guitars anywhere from standard to drop C tuning. I also use the same gauges on my 7 string with the added 62, it pretty much stays in Drop Ab.
     
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