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Commisaur
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:08 pm 
 

I have an electric six string Epiphone SG guitar and want to play in B standard tuning (B tuning), and I was wondering what would be the best gauge of strings for this. Just to clarify, the tuning is 2 whole steps and a half down. Here are the letters of the tuning: B, E, A, D, F, B

Should I just get a pack of strings for a seven string guitar and remove one of the strings? And if so, do I need to remove the highest or lowest string?

Does it take a certain type of six string guitar to be able to handle really heavy gauge guitar strings well? My concern is that because my guitar is just an Epiphone SG, and not a guitar made specifically for metal even though all I really play is metal haha, it won't be able to handle the heavier gauge strings well.

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ShaolinLambKiller
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:34 pm 
 

at the least the lowest string should be at 54 or above. I like some string tension since I tune even lower. D'Addario Xl should be good or those DR strings with the spider on the front or the thick Ernie Balls.. I use all of them on my various guitars. I normally tune to A standard or G standard which is another step and 2 steps down from you. no need to buy a pack of 7 strings. I haven't needed to for how low I go.

no you don't have a specific guitar but you might have to adjust some things like the intonation, file down the neck nuts a bit to allow the thicker strings to sit in them. Just take the string and saw it back and forth in it.
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Arkhane
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:29 pm 
 

You might not even need to do that sawing bit. As long as your strings are a little thicker gauge than what you'd normally use, down tuning to B won't be hard. If you get any string buzz, just raise the action a little and re-intonate it.
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ShaolinLambKiller
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:08 pm 
 

Yea you might not need to. I was just trying to cover everything that he might possibly have to do. cause I've had to do it on some guitars but not others.
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Porman
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:32 am 
 

We tuned down from D to C and all I had to do was to use thicker strings (Beefy Slinky). Nothing wrong with the intonation.
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Dragunov
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:29 pm 
 

My BC Rich Gunslinger (25.5" scale, Floyd Rose Special trem) is set up in B standard, with Elixir 12-54 gauge strings. I can't remember what scale length your particular SG is, but thicker strings and a quick setup to get your intonation right will do the trick. Another thing to consider if you end up having tuning issues is getting locking tuners to add a little more stability (they're easy to change).
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iamntbatman
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:06 pm 
 

SG's are pretty short scale. I believe 24.75".
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Marras
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Joined: Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:21 am
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:15 pm 
 

Just put strings you would use for normal tuning and start with the second lowest one and buy few heavy single strings and test what you like for the B.
I play a 25" scale 7-stringer in drop-A (AEADGBE) and intonation is just fine, 24.75" should work with B with string heavy enough. And I didn't typo 25.5", my guitar has some kind of a bastard scale.

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Chainsaw Omega
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:18 pm 
 

When I tuned to C standard I used Dunlop Heavy Core "Heaviest" gauge, which was 12-54. I'm in B standard now, and I have started using Cleartone Monster Heavy "C#" strings. Ignore what the package says, this is a 12-60 set, and would be way too tight for C#. They are expensive, but they really do last a way long time. They are coated, but unlike most coated strings, you can't even feel it. They used this fancy-pants military-grade coating thats like a micron thin. All their product descriptions sound like marketing bullshit, but they actually aren't lying. IMO, they are worth the price tag.

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