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tuning / string gauge vs. neck health

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by pablomigraine, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. pablomigraine

    pablomigraine Commercial User

    Feb 9, 2005
    New York
    VP & Managing Director - Willcox Basses
    Okay I have a MM Stingray 5, tuned ADGCF. I'm using the heaviest gauge strings I can find. Now, my guitarists are tuned to D standard, so I'm only using the bottom 4 strings 99% of the time. This is giving me the following problems: string "clank" due to the detune on faster parts, and the E (D) string is wearing out faster than anything else from not being able to play in one position very much.

    Anyone have any input on changing to very light gauge strings and tuning UP to DGCFA? Will this put alot of unhealthy stress on the neck?

  2. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    Well, I don't see where it should cause too much trouble. You may need to tweek the Truss Rod a bit to get the relief set after you change, but I'd say go for it! A D-Tuner (C-Tuner?) might come in handy as well!