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CuddlyScamp 2009-12-16 03:39

String gauge for D standard
Anyone recommend asuitable gauge for D standard, need resonably tight tension but other than that?
Anyone?? :confused:

Gomli 2009-12-16 11:49

Depends on what scale length you have.
For a normal strat-style-scale 25.5" I`d recommend 10-52.
LP-Style (which is 24.75") I`d take 12-54.

Dyldo 2009-12-16 12:45

I think 11s are the all-around best choice for standard D. The 12s may be a bit tight.

Wolfsherz 2009-12-16 13:42

I just loooove 10's in D, but you wanted tightness so I'd say 12.

Wolfsherz 2009-12-16 14:00

I just loooove 10's in D, but you wanted tightness so I'd say 12.

the_bleeding 2009-12-16 22:14


i use 11's for E, Eb, D, and Drop-C

CuddlyScamp 2009-12-16 23:16

Yeah, thanks guys. I have an S series Ibanez so it's a 25.5" scale.
Looks like I'll be giving the 11's a try.
Thanks for the help!! :beer:

CuddlyScamp 2009-12-16 23:21

Um, do you guy's have any preference to brands?? I usually use Jim Dunlop or 12-58 set's from a Aussie company called Death Wish strings when I was tuned to B standard.

Fuck, I just looked around and there are half adozen diff gauge's of 11's, this is getting more complicated. :rolleyes:

7-string warlord 2009-12-17 02:23

DR tite-fit or hi-beams .11-.50

You'll be good to go

Gomli 2009-12-17 08:51

My choice is Ernie Ball Power Slinky on my Yamaha 25.5" for E and Eb.
On my Ibanez ADC I have Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky for D, Db, C and B.

guitariste 2009-12-17 10:50

I prefer DR Heavy Bottom- sets, with .011 being the highest string and .52 the thickest.

the_bleeding 2009-12-17 14:29

i use rotosound pure nickel now. Cheapest strings ever, made in britain, sound really sweet. Almost the same tone as d'addario nickel plated steel, despite not having any steel in them :)

Used to use d'addarios, but they have steel in them, and i have nickel frets, so that translates to fretwear.

every time i've used ernie balls, they've gone rusty in a week. Plus theyre really loose and gooey feeling. I avoid them outright.

Dyldo 2009-12-17 16:44

D'addario or Ernie Ball, however if you've got cash to spend the fucking Elixer all the way. Their acoustic strings are fucking heeaaveeennllyy, too.

CuddlyScamp 2009-12-21 04:12

Thanks heaps for the replys and the advice. I ended up going with the Jim Dunlop's 11-52, they were cheap and my priority is to save as much as I can for my new guitar, not strings! lol
Thanks again :beer:

knives 2010-01-19 19:23

I use .12s for Drop-C, but I think that for D standard .11s would probably be your best bet.

Edit: I should have read the last post and seen that I didn't need to post this... :behead:

Midnight Empire 2010-02-03 20:32

I use 13-53s for D standard.

Unanything 2010-03-02 12:15

Wow. Everyone's using pretty thick gauges for D. I've got Ernie Ball Power Slinky's for the higher 6 strings of my A standard-tuned 7-strings. Right now I have a 58 for the low A, but when my local has them in, I use a 60.

SuspendedByTheThroat 2010-03-09 14:11

way back when, when i was a little 11 year old goth kid and played marilyn manson covers (in D) I'm pretty sure I used regular ass thin strings, ernie ball super slinkies I beleive.

ana007 2010-08-23 14:35

I use 10's in D and they feel great. They sound good too. I also find it hard playing lower gauge strings sometimes cause they feel kinda flimsy especially after using higher gauges, but I guess that's how most people feel about it. I think it gives you a heavier/thicker sound too, right?? lol...

Paddy 2010-08-23 15:43

I've been using 11s (Power Slinkys) in D standard since 2002. I've tried 10s and 12s, but I eventually settled on 11s. Anything lower than 10s in D standard seems a bit crazy to me!

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