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  • Heavy strings, Gibson scale, B tuning?

    I am getting a guitar repaired soon, I'm I'm probably going to tune it either B-c (Unearth, Bleeding Through tuning) or B-b (At The Gates tuning). All of these guys use or have used 6 strings for a while, but I've seen people get away with stuff I never could... Will it work alright?
    Guitars:
    - Gibson Les Paul Standard '85
    - Fender MIJ '52 Esquire
    - 50s Homebuilt Tele
    - Baritone Tele

    Basses:

    - Rickenbacker 4001 '64
    - Gibson Grabber
    - Gibson G3

    Amps:
    - Marshall 1965B
    - Peavey 2x10
    - Sunn 200S

  • #2
    Yes, I've tune my Eclipse to B all the time. You just need at least 11-56 gauge strings IMO for B tuning. I prefer 12-60 in B.

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    • #3
      Get yourself a baritone for crying out loud. You'll be amazed at the difference in tone, sustain and playability...my baritone is a 28" scale with .060 strings tuned B-E-A-D-F#-B and the string tension is perfect on that one.

      At least go to your local store and try a baritone: ESP VB-400 or (better) the MHB-400, the Ibanez Mike Mushok, etc...or my fav the Agile AB-3500 BK (but it's sold out now).

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      • #4
        I can't afford a new guitar, and hate the idea of baritones.

        If I were gonna do a cheap baritone, I'd just get a cheap 7.
        Guitars:
        - Gibson Les Paul Standard '85
        - Fender MIJ '52 Esquire
        - 50s Homebuilt Tele
        - Baritone Tele

        Basses:

        - Rickenbacker 4001 '64
        - Gibson Grabber
        - Gibson G3

        Amps:
        - Marshall 1965B
        - Peavey 2x10
        - Sunn 200S

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        • #5
          What strings do you like for a "standard" tuning on a LP? I might have some time this afternoon to run it thorugh the spreadsheet.
          HCGB #128

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          • #6
            You do not need a baritone for christ sakes. Just step up the guage to 12's at least and you may be wanting to have the neck checked/adjusted (unless you feel capable doing this). The nut my need filed too.

            I have my Gibson in B and love it.
            Gear:
            Guitars 'n stuff

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            • #7
              I usually use 9s for anywhere between Db-eb to Eb-e#.
              Guitars:
              - Gibson Les Paul Standard '85
              - Fender MIJ '52 Esquire
              - 50s Homebuilt Tele
              - Baritone Tele

              Basses:

              - Rickenbacker 4001 '64
              - Gibson Grabber
              - Gibson G3

              Amps:
              - Marshall 1965B
              - Peavey 2x10
              - Sunn 200S

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              • #8
                They pretty much said it all.... adequate string gauge, proper setup, and may have to file the nut for the increased string gauge. Personally I like the Ernie Ball "Not So Slinky" sets which are .12-.56. FWIW At The Gates tuned to B.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mr_GoodBomb
                  I am getting a guitar repaired soon, I'm I'm probably going to tune it either B-a (Unearth, Bleeding Through tuning) or B-b (At The Gates tuning). All of these guys use or have used 6 strings for a while, but I've seen people get away with stuff I never could... Will it work alright?


                  Originally posted by ghastlyone
                  They pretty much said it all.... adequate string gauge, proper setup, and may have to file the nut for the increased string gauge. Personally I like the Ernie Ball "Not So Slinky" sets which are .12-.56. FWIW At The Gates tuned to B.


                  Guitars:
                  - Gibson Les Paul Standard '85
                  - Fender MIJ '52 Esquire
                  - 50s Homebuilt Tele
                  - Baritone Tele

                  Basses:

                  - Rickenbacker 4001 '64
                  - Gibson Grabber
                  - Gibson G3

                  Amps:
                  - Marshall 1965B
                  - Peavey 2x10
                  - Sunn 200S

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                  • #10
                    My bad I misread... thought you meant Bb by "B-b"

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                    • #11
                      It's cool. You did make me notice an error in the other tuning I asked of, though. heh
                      Guitars:
                      - Gibson Les Paul Standard '85
                      - Fender MIJ '52 Esquire
                      - 50s Homebuilt Tele
                      - Baritone Tele

                      Basses:

                      - Rickenbacker 4001 '64
                      - Gibson Grabber
                      - Gibson G3

                      Amps:
                      - Marshall 1965B
                      - Peavey 2x10
                      - Sunn 200S

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mr_GoodBomb
                        It's cool. You did make me notice an error in the other tuning I asked of, though. heh


                        Are you sure B-c is right? (I'm not familiar with these bands) There is only a half step between B and C obviously so that tuning sounds kinda screwy to me.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mr_GoodBomb
                          I can't afford a new guitar, and hate the idea of baritones.

                          If I were gonna do a cheap baritone, I'd just get a cheap 7.

                          7-string != baritone. I think you missed his point.

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