Strings & - Tuning for 10-string guitar

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Strings & - Tuning for 10-string guitar

Post by HNLim » Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:14 am

I need plenty of help here. As some might know, I am finally the proud owner of a 10-string guitar. I need help in choosing the strings and tuning on the 10-string guitar.

Firstly, the first 6 strings will be the usual 6-string guitar tunning.
Secondly, I like the 7th string to be tuned to either B or C.
Thirdly, prefert o make use oft he reminder strings to be used as a harp.

I would appreciate any recommendations for the tunning and corresponding strings I can purchase.

Thank you!

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Re: Strings & - Tuning for 10-string guitar

Post by es335 » Sun Oct 11, 2015 8:13 am

Irrispective of the tuning you decide for, there seems to be an obligatory recommendation for the 7th string, the bronze wound Aranjuez 7th specially developped for Yepes. Slightly thinner than silver plated copper 7ths, very flexible and can be tuned from E down to A'. Just out of curiosity I used this string for all 4 extra basses in diatonic, romantic tuning and this worked quite well. BTW it's a good visual aid, where the extra basses start and this string is comparatively cheap! :D

For the rest it depends on the tuning you decide for. For romantic tuning (D, C, B', A') you will need thicker basses available from La Bella (10PH), Hannabach (815) or Pyramid just to name a few. BTW La Bella 10(PH) is the most economic solution!

For Yepes tuning you can rely on either Aranjuez' extension set with bronze winding including the above mentioned 7th or as the 7th string at D is the lowest note with this tuning, you can fill up the other basses with regular strings of appropriate tension! That's probably the reason why no more Yepes bass extension sets are available! :wink:

If I remember well I used Hannabach bass strings for this!
8: A# - A (815 LT), 9: G# - A (815 HT), 10: F# - E (815 SLT) :D

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Re: Strings & - Tuning for 10-string guitar

Post by waitswatcher » Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:21 pm

I can second the above comment on the bronze wound Aranjuez 7th, very flexible in it's use.

I have some sort of Gismonti tuning on my 10-string, with two g-strings on the bass side in between the low basses, one tuned to g, the other to a or f#.
Something like: GgAaEADgbe ( low to high ).

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Re: Strings & - Tuning for 10-string guitar

Post by HNLim » Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:03 pm

What if my 7th is tuned to B?

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Re: Strings & - Tuning for 10-string guitar

Post by es335 » Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:48 pm

The mentioned Aranjuez 7th can be used even a whole tone step lower down to A' ! A bit loose then but I tried it and it worked quite well.

The benefit of this string is, that it can be tuned in a wide range from D to A' which is very difficult to do with a conventional contra string. The appropriate size for a conventional B' string would be about 0.055/56" but they are less flexible. :wink:

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Re: Strings & - Tuning for 10-string guitar

Post by Jabberwocky » Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:44 am

For Romantic Tuning, ABCDEADgbe, why not give the La Bella 10BT set a whirl? Or you could roll your own from D'Addario silver-wound bass singles (50,52,54,56,58,60) or those from Savarez, and combine them with your favourite six-string set.

I have no experience with the Aranjuez 7th but I do use the D'Addario 0.050 for the D string below E, and 0.060 for the A on my 8-stringer.

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Re: Strings & - Tuning for 10-string guitar

Post by HNLim » Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:56 am

I am just wondering if I tune it to EFGABCdgbe. Any advice here?

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Re: Strings & - Tuning for 10-string guitar

Post by attila57 » Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:55 pm

You can tune it pretty much any way you like... Just as I do.

There's one thing though.The tuning must absolutely suit the music. Don't forget, that's why you bought the 10 strings in the first place...
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Re: Strings & - Tuning for 10-string guitar

Post by HNLim » Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:30 pm

attila57 wrote:You can tune it pretty much any way you like... Just as I do.

There's one thing though.The tuning must absolutely suit the music. Don't forget, that's why you bought the 10 strings in the first place...
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Thanks! FYI, I didn't buy the 10-string. I converted my 1974 S. Yairi 950 into a 10-string.

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Re: Strings & - Tuning for 10-string guitar

Post by attila57 » Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:25 pm

Sensible idea. There are not many affordable 10-string guitars with a good tone...
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