## String guages

thegreatkris
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11/13/2004 8:56 pm
Recently I decided to play in B (for Sevendust). I figured a high guage would be a good idea. I got steel string acoustic string and put them on my electric, 12s (just to test out the guage.)

My question is are there any standards or conversions for string gugages with alternate tunings?
Like I used lights (10s) when I play in standard. I'm sure there is a mathematical way in order to figure what guage string would give me the same feel I get in E using lights when I'm playing in B.
Does anyone know how to go about doing this?
I know people mostly likly just use trila nd error but I was just curious.
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HDJ
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11/16/2004 4:38 pm
Go up a gauge for every half-step (semitone) you tune down.
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SLY
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11/16/2004 7:20 pm
Sure there's a mathematical way, by finding the material constants , tuning frequency , and the desired tension , you should reach the gauge in the end (I studied that equation in freshman physics in college , and I forgot it for sure!)

Anyway , doing this will most probably lead you to fractions like 11.35636567 gauge strings or something ... It's more practical to try a couple of gauges and see what works for you , instead of ordering custom gauges (I don't think it's available anyway).
thegreatkris
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11/20/2004 3:12 pm
Thanks JFRICK. I think I'll go with that and she how things hold up.
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SPL
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11/20/2004 6:01 pm
I used to play with 10's tuned in standard E. When I started playing in B, a set of .013 gauge strings seemed to give about the same tension as the 10's tuned to E.
thegreatkris
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12/06/2004 2:35 pm
I got some acoustic 12s and putthem onthe electric. The 12s feel preet good in B. If anything maybe slighty heavier than when I use 10s on myelectric in E. I was wondering if I would get a difference if I use electric 12s compared with the acoustic 12s.
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