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How low can you tune without needing innotation adjustments

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by rcs1, May 23, 2011.

  1. rcs1

    rcs1 Member

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    I know this is a loaded question...

    Generally, how low can you tune without needing to adjust innotation/action. Say the guitar has 10s on it. It is currently half a step down and innotation is perfect. I was thinking of going to D, without changing string tension
     
  2. bluesjunior

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    As you go down put on bigger strings therefore keeping the neck pressure around the same therefore no set up work other than fine tuning should be neccessary. If I put 10's on my strat and tuned in E standard it has more or less the same tension on the neck as if it was tuned to Eb standard with a set of 11's, so if you plan on going to D then try a set of 12's and you shouldn't be too far out I would think. I don't even know if you could tune a set of 10's down that low without them feeling strange.
     
  3. EADGBE

    EADGBE Member

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    There's only one way to find out. And what do you mean by string tension?
     
  4. rcs1

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    thank you

    sorry I did not mean string tension, i meant gauge.
    Looks like I may need to go to 11s!

    Thanks
     

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