Eb tuned Strat setup opinions?

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  1. jcs

    jcs Member

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    How many springs do you use?

    Is one of your Strats dedicated to Eb tuning only?

    Did you switch string gauge or brands when going from E to Eb tuning?

    Mine is a 92 MIM Strat with a mix of Fender noiseless bridge, Fender USA alnico middle and a Duncan Antiquity II neck.

    D'Adarrio 10 set still (as I always use), 4 springs and the action a bit higher.

    It feels and sounds really good right now.....BUT, as always being the tinkerer I am, should I go to an 11 set of strings to get an even bigger sound ala SRV (though SRV used 12 and 13 sets I guess).

    Any other observations or info is greatly appreciated on a Strat tuned to Eb!
     
  2. Little_Wing

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    I have one strat in standard with 9's and one in Eb with 11's. I use Ernie Balls on both. I use 3 springs on both but the one with 11's has the springs a little tighter. The shop I bought it from did the setup so I don't know exactly what they did. The intonation has to be readjusted when the string gauge is changed. Also, I told them that I would be using Eb exclusively so they set it up accordingly. I use the Eb one for SRV and some Hendrix. I've heard SRV used 13's but I can't imagine how hard it would be to stretch those things. I'm afraid I'll get Carpel Tunnel Syndrome or something. :eek:
     
  3. Dashface

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    About ten of my guitars are in Eb for use in my wedding / bar band. Two are strats. I use three springs still, but all my Eb guitars are strung up with 10.5 gauge strings. Seems to help.
     
  4. DGDGBD

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    I have a strat that is set up to be tuned down a half-step. I just went one string gauge heavier (10s instead of 9s). I use 5 springs and keep it decked; didn't really need to change the vibrato setup for the down tuning.
     
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  5. buddastrat

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    You could try "tweener" sets too. 9.5 etc... just experiment. I always just used .010s no matter. It's easy. But if wanted SRV type, yeah, .011's tuned down will really beef up a strat.
     
  6. Totally Bored

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    9's for E
    10's for Eb


    That's how I use to roll but now I just put 10's on all my guitars and tune to whatever.
     
  7. TheoDog

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    I'm not currently in Strat-villa, but my 2 Teles (one with Bigsby) are dedicated to Eb. I occasionally need to tune one up to standard for a different gig. It doesn't end up an issue with Curt Mangan .010's.

    I find that going from standard to flat requires a truss rod tweak more often, but my reference for that is my Taylor 410.
     

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