Yamaha Wes Borland

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Yamaha Wes Borland

Unread post by vfcspok » Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:45 pm

Hi everybody

I have a Yamaha Wes Borland on a E tuning, but I need to tune to Eb. What gauges you recommend?

Thanks
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Re: Yamaha Wes Borland

Unread post by Saul » Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:20 pm

vfcspok wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:45 pm
Hi everybody

I have a Yamaha Wes Borland on a E tuning, but I need to tune to Eb. What gauges you recommend?

Thanks
Welcome to the forum :)

Lucky guy! That is an extremely lovely looking guitar ;)

Just wondering why your asking about gauges? The gauge of the strings won't make a noticeable difference as Eb is only semitone down from normal tuning.
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Re: Yamaha Wes Borland

Unread post by Buzzard » Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:50 pm

Saul wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:20 pm
vfcspok wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:45 pm
Hi everybody

I have a Yamaha Wes Borland on a E tuning, but I need to tune to Eb. What gauges you recommend?

Thanks
Welcome to the forum :)

Lucky guy! That is an extremely lovely looking guitar ;)

Just wondering why your asking about gauges? The gauge of the strings won't make a noticeable difference as Eb is only semitone down from normal tuning.
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Hi, Welcome to the forum and the string section. :D

So you wanna tune down to Eb (D#).
As Saul mentioned, it's only a half tone, so you don't have to change string gauge.

It also depends on what gauge you use at the moment, is it 009's or 010's ?

Try tuning down to D# (Eb) Standard Guitar Tuning: (D# G# C# F# A# D# Tuning) and see if the strings still feels taut, if not, go up 1 gauge.

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Re: Yamaha Wes Borland

Unread post by Les Turnbull » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:35 pm

Downtuning may affect the neck relief resulting in strings buzzing , There are those who swear that the bigger the string the bigger the sound , Personally I like to start at 9s as I love to bend strings way up . Love to watch Slash nearly bend the high E off the other side of the fret board so I'm guessing he down tunes , Ive never tried down tuning as it takes me long enough to learn a tune in standard tuning .
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Re: Yamaha Wes Borland

Unread post by JDZ » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:50 pm

If it affects relief, then a truss rod adjustment is in order.
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Re: Yamaha Wes Borland

Unread post by Saul » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:30 pm

I personally don't think this sort of tuning would affect the neck relief much if at all. A semitone down is pretty much how guitars arrive from the factory. The tension is slackened slightly for transport.

If the truss rod does need adjusting do it a quarter turn at a time.
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