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    Quote Originally Posted by NinjaMilez View Post
    Thanks for the responses. I think I'll probably get an 11-52 set and 12-54 set to see which has the tension I like the most in C/C#. I'll probably get a set for D too, so see if I don't mind the sound. I know Death went down to D but I thought that Entombed played in C# for Left Hand Path?
    Are you interested in only covering, or are you wanting to create your own? If the latter, Entombed using C# is of little relevance, its all about what sounds best for the music you come up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuh84 View Post
    Are you interested in only covering, or are you wanting to create your own? If the latter, Entombed using C# is of little relevance, its all about what sounds best for the music you come up with.
    Writing my own material and possibly covering. Thanks for the clarification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by budda View Post
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    I had 12-60 for C standard on mh SE custom 24 and my LTD (25" and 25.5") both times the 60 felt a little loose but that's me.
    do you use 5 trem springs?! that seems insane.

    pretty sure Left Hand Path is in B standard as i was playing along to it last night!

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    D or Bb. Don't ask me why; they're just the ones I always default to.
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    I've been experimenting with this very thing for the last 6 months, and I, personally, think that C# standard is the perfect tuning for death metal.

    It's high enough to be articulate on fast parts, and low enough to have that real grind and fatness. It also means you can go down to drop B if you want some extra chunk.

    I had 11-52 and it felt just right, but recently I've been more partial to slightly thicker gauges, so 12's would be ideal for me.
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    Whatever you like the sound of most. At the moment my main guitars are in drop A# and drop A, all strung 12-60. I'm not sure I play outright death metal (let alone old school) but theres some of that in there. Origin (drop B), nile (drop A), cryptopsy (B) being among the people I try to rip off...I mean...errr...am influenced by.

    Gauge really depends on the guitar as well as tuning, and not just its scale. Not all guitars have the same low end response (and just as importantly, top end and attack/note definition), so some mud up with heavier strings faster than others, and some need them, or at least benefit from them. Different bridge and headstock designs lead to different tensions for the same scale as well.

    Just experiment and use what feels and sounds best to you (tuning and strings).

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    this question is retarded. it's personal opinion.
    use a 7 string for lows and highs.
    early CC was in Eb. now they tune to A or some dumb shit

    use your braaaaaaaaaaaiiinnssss

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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Squidbeard View Post
    this question is retarded. it's personal opinion.
    use a 7 string for lows and highs.
    early CC was in Eb. now they tune to A or some dumb shit

    use your braaaaaaaaaaaiiinnssss
    I also use a 7, tuned down a 1/2 step. CC used G# standard on some of their songs, since KILL.

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