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Goremasher
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 8:41 pm 
 

My new band is tuning down to drop c. And i hate floppy strings. SO im using. 11 14 18 38 48 58. Theyre kinda tight. I just want to make sure their not gonna fuck up anything. Its an ESP V fender scale.

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somefella
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 11:48 pm 
 

Adjust the truss rod accordingly to deal with the higher tension. It will almost certainly affect your intonation(not a whole lot, but you want this to be perfect for recording) and might cause some neck warping.
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Apteronotus
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 3:58 pm 
 

That sounds reasonable to me. Does your ESP have a Floyd Rose bridge?

Edit: Also yeah like somefella mentioned it is truss rod, not thrust rod. Great typo though.
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Goremasher
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 5:43 pm 
 

String through
My buddy knows how to do the thrust rod stuff. Ill ask him to take a look

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Indecency
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Joined: Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:15 pm
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 11:47 am 
 

Apteronotus wrote:
That sounds reasonable to me. Does your ESP have a Floyd Rose bridge?

Edit: Also yeah like somefella mentioned it is truss rod, not thrust rod. Great typo though.


Goremasher wrote:
String through
My buddy knows how to do the thrust rod stuff. Ill ask him to take a look

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Zodijackyl
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 2:39 pm 
 

I would advise going with something a lot lighter than 38 and 48 on the 4th/5th, I used 11-15-22-30-42-58 from drop C and while the third was a bit tight (which I wanted), those were a good match. Those two are way too heavy while the rest are just about right. ESP string-thru guitars come set up with 10-46 so if you replace those two with something more like what I suggested you may not need to adjust the truss rod since it's roughly the same amount of tension. Remember to intonate it!

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