Is higher tension on the E string better for drop D?
I'm guessing this has been asked numerous time already, but the first threads that popped up in a search didn't really answer my question.
I have been playing 45-65-85-105 forever. Feels perfect when tuned EADG. However, I play more and more in drop D (about half our set is tuned this way). When dropped to D, the 105 string feels a bit loose and flappy. The open D is much less "round and open" than the open E (sorry for the poor description, english is not my native language).
Should I try replacing the lowest string with a 110 or a 115 string?
What would the effect be when playing while tuned E? Am I risking to get the opposite effect?
FWIW, I'm playing a Gibson Ripper.
110 string for the E is pretty good for drop D tuning. I use the Rotosound Billy Sheehan signature set which are 43-65-80-110. They feel nicely balanced and not too dissimilar to a set of standard 45's
Also, have a look at the hipshot D-tuner. If you're regularly switching tuning for half your set, this little device is invaluable.
Drop D is always going to make the string a bit floppy. That's just what happens. A heavy string might help, but going from a .105 to .110 is a very, very small difference. I don't think it will be noticeable.
I have found that a more flexible string will have less change in tone when drop tuned.
If you think about it a flexible string has more movement. When it is loosened it flexes with the tone, not flopping against it.
I suggest balancing the string tension as much as you can as if your bass was tuned D#ADG and getting flexible (not loose) strings.
I use http://www.circlekstrings.com/store/ they have a great tension chart as well http://circlekstrings.com/CKSIMAGES/...hart130105.pdf
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