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Restringing using bottom 6 strings (of a 7-string set) on a standard 6 string? Possible issues?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by DrakeSequation, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. DrakeSequation

    DrakeSequation Member

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    Thinking of restringing one of my sixers with a set a 7-strings less the high E (B to B). No nut issues as the guitar has a locking nut. Going to pick a 7-string set that has the same E to E tension. Any reason I should not do this? Any issues/pitfalls I should be aware of? I know I will need to re-intonate and possibly adjust the truss, both of which I can handle.
     
  2. AudioWonderland

    AudioWonderland Member

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    Nope. I did this years ago on an import Peavey guitar to create a "baritone" for recording. I hardly ever use it but its fine
     
  3. Mighty Melvin

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    Sounds like it would be nice....
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  4. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    totally doable, just look at the sizes on the string pack. if 5 of the 6 strings are the same size and the same note but just moved up a slot then you're really only talking about the tension difference between a hi E and a low B, which are not wildly different. (OK if you want your chord shapes to be the same then the 2nd string G needs to be dropped to F#.)

    all the saddles will need to be moved back a pinch except for the 3rd string which will need to move up past the 2nd string because it's now a wound instead of plain string.

    if the intonation is good now with regular strings then you can crib off the existing placements before you get the strings on (since intonating a floyd is such a PITA); nudge the 1st (hi E) saddle back to where the B now sits, move the B back to where the G now sits, move the G up to where the D sits, move the D saddle back to the A position, etc.

    the last (now low B) saddle will live that much further back from the 5th string saddle.
     
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  5. poolshark

    poolshark Supporting Member

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    ^ What he said. Also, there's no reason to pillage a 7-string set. Just buy a 6-string set in a heavy guage. I currently have a 25.5" scale guitar with .012s tuned to C Standard, and B would be no problem.
     
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    Might have to deal with the nut slots, but try it and see what you get.
     
  7. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    most floyd nuts seem to be OK with anything up to like a .060 on the lower strings.
     
  8. DrakeSequation

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    You seem practiced and knowledgeable about string things and I appreciate any head start I can get. I am doing two gauge switches. Both are starting with 9-42's. One is going B to B (the origin of this post) using 13-59's. The other I just want more tension so going to a 10-46 set. Where should I pre-move my saddles?
     

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