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Is higher tension on the E string better for drop D?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Lebowsky, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. Lebowsky

    Lebowsky w00t? Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2007
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    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.
  2. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
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    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.
  3. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
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    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.
  4. Jensby design

    Jensby design

    May 22, 2008
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