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Drop D on a floating trem


One Stringer
Nov 26, 2019
Los Angeles
I have a Charvel dk24 hh with a Gotoh 510 trem, and I wanted to know how much I should adjust the tension to tune down to Drop D. Ever since I tuned down to Drop D, my tuning stability hasn't been all that great, especially around the G and B strings and I wanted to know if i should ever so slightly adjust the tension and if that would fix that. I'm using Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom .10-.52. I'm really new to doing any adjustments on guitars, and due to the current pandemic can't take it to a guitar tech. Thanks in advance for any help!

Ed Seith

Supreme Galactic Overlord
Staff member
  • Nov 11, 2019
    Marana, AZ USA
    No, you don't need to adjust anything for that little a difference. However, you do need to retune the whole guitar. I don't know that you have a stability problem as much as not realizing that tuning one string a whole step differently upsets the balance and requires retuning the whole guitar.

    No neck or bridge adjustments, though.