I have recently switched to DADGAD tuning, before that I was using light tension strings ( 12 16 24 32 42 53 ). But because of DADGAD, to compensate for the lack of tension on the neck, I wanted to switch to a mix of medium and light strings, puting higher tension strings on the ones that are lowered, resulting in ( 13 17 24 32 42 56 ), some friends playing DADGAD even used 14 and 18 for the two higher strings.

I wondered what you DADGAD players used?

And of course the economic side of it, buying one light set and one medium set and throwing away half the strings is not a very good solution, do you have any DADGAD-ready set to recommend?

  • I don't think we need a specific DADGAD tag at the moment, if we get more questions on this I'll be sure to add it back. – user28 Aug 18 '11 at 20:17

If you would like to get scientific about it, the D'Addario company has a chart discussing string tension and tuning and string gauges for alternate tuning schemes.


You can also download this PDF which explains the recommended tuning, pitches and tensions for every type and gauge of individual string that they sell.


D'Addario also sells a packaged set for acoustic guitar designed for DADGAD.

D'Addario Acoustic Guitar Phosphor Bronze True Medium DADGAD Tuning .013 - .056, EJ24

     Diameter    Tension
Item#    Note    inches    mm    lbs    kg
PL013    E    0.013    0.33    27.4    12.42
PL017    B    0.017    0.43    26.3    11.91
PB024    G    0.024    0.61    30.2    13.38
PB032    D    0.032    0.81    30.5    13.83
PB042    A    0.042    1.07    29,9    13.56
PB056    E    0.056    1.42    29.0    13.15

| improve this answer | |

When I played in DADGAD tuning, it was one of several tunings I would use, so it never crossed my mind to use different strings. But if this is something you want to do, I'd suggest constructing your own custom set with single strings rather than buying two sets and discarding the extra strings.

Just Strings sells individual strings from a variety of manufacturers. Maybe you can find the brand you like in this list from their site.

| improve this answer | |
  • this is great link, Their prices are good too, and they sell single Elixir strings! Unfortunately, the shipment cost for Europe (40$) is prohibitive... – Smugrik Aug 14 '11 at 16:38
  • 1
    Try StringBusters.com in the UK – slim Feb 1 '12 at 16:05

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.