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    Need opinion on drop tunings

    I play in standard, drop D and drop C. I want to use my SE Custom 24 & Tremonti SE for the drop tunings. I was gonna use the Custom for C and the Tremonti for D, but now I'm thinking of going the other way. Does anyone have either one of these and use these tunings.

    Also, Custom has Dimebucker and Dragon II & Tremonti are stock pickups.
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    Depends...
    If you go drop C with the Tremonti, you'll probably want an adjustable stoptail piece for that tuning. The custom you can already intonate properly with the adjustable saddles on the bridge. That said, if you got the adjustable stoptail I'd definitely go drop C on Tremonti and drop D on the custom. At the same time, the 24 might cut and be a little clearer sounding in the lower tuning than the Tremonti. Could be great either way you go.

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    I believe both guitars will handle either tuning. I'd just try and line up my preferences and put the most used tuning on the most used guitar.
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    I have multiple Tremontis, and have two of them in those tunings. With the heavier and thicker body it handles lower tuning really well. My Custom 24 is good at 1/2 step down, beyond that I notice some string slap.
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    I've got my Custom 22 tuned to drop C and it ROCKS!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cphr3d View Post
    I've got my Custom 22 tuned to drop C and it ROCKS!!!!
    I am also rocking a Custom 22 in Drop C.
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    I have a Tremonti in Drop B, a Tremonti in Drop C, 2 Custom's in D and a Custom in Drop A (7 string).

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    Thanks for all the replies. I think I'm gonna go with drop C in the Tremonti and D in the Custom
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris528 View Post
    Thanks for all the replies. I think I'm gonna go with drop C in the Tremonti and D in the Custom
    Awesome. Bottom line when you drop tune past a step, I suggest getting the guitar properly set up for that tuning. With that being said, any variation of a PRS no matter the tail piece or scale length can handle the tunnings.
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    Set my Custom up in drop D and like the feel of it, just not digging the Dimebucker anymore. I'm gonna look for a used Dragon II to match the neck pickup.
    Last edited by Chris528; 06-25-2013 at 05:56 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by themike View Post
    Awesome. Bottom line when you drop tune past a step, I suggest getting the guitar properly set up for that tuning. With that being said, any variation of a PRS no matter the tail piece or scale length can handle the tunnings.
    Agree with this 100%. Especially for the one going into Drop-C, make sure you have it set up for that. The comment above about the CU24 having some "string slap" going lower than a half step is likely due to a) needing heavier gauge strings when dropping tension by a full step and b) not having the action and intonation set up properly for detuning the guitar. As long as you follow through with a proper setup, either of your two guitars can handle Drop-C like a champ. Just throwing it out there but I use an .011-.052 set for my Drop-C tuned PRS and find that's perfect for keeping intonation in check and the playability still feels like you're running a set of .010's on the higher strings since you've lowered the tension a bit with the step down worth of detuning, but the low end stays tight on the "E" string when tuned to C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by themike View Post
    Awesome. Bottom line when you drop tune past a step, I suggest getting the guitar properly set up for that tuning. With that being said, any variation of a PRS no matter the tail piece or scale length can handle the tunnings.
    I am also down with this.
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