Compromise with C tuning?

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  1. zgbkdlm

    zgbkdlm SS.org Regular

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    I just got my new ESP NT7B guitar, but struggling to find a good way to play C-tuning metal songs (Arch Enemy, Dethklok etc.).

    I would like to still keep the 7th string as B or drop to A (playable for some common 7 string songs), but want a playable C-tuning on the rest of the strings.

    Here are some proposals:

    1. B C F Bb Eb G C (C tune 1-6 string)
    2. A C F Bb Eb G C (7th Drop A, and C tune 1-6 strings)
    3. G C F Bb Eb G C (All down tune 2 steps)
    4. B C A D G B E (Drop 6th string to C)
    5. A C A D G B E (Drop 7 and 6 string to A C)
    6. some other options?

    What do you prefer for a good compromise, play-ability and string-gauge-find-ability?
     
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    setsuna7 Poor Gearwhore

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    3. G C F Bb Eb G C
     
  3. Dayn

    Dayn silly person

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    I just use a capo on the first fret.

    You'll have a G# rather than a G, plus a high F string, but it's by far the easiest compromise to keep it in B standard/drop A.
     
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    Just tune up a half step or do what Dayn said would be easiest.
     
  5. zgbkdlm

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    I totally forgot the Capo! Thank you!
     
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    Vyn Not a Sparkly Vampire

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    C Standard but with a high F. Lots of fun!
     
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    if you use a capo, make sure to get an adjustable one. normal acoustic capos that have a hard clamping pressure will chew through your frets in a hurry. i used one just a few times on my 7 string and there were noticeable divots in the frets from it
     
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    C standard low F (Drop F) or G standard would be my recs, but C standard with a low A# would be pretty cool imo
     
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    Soya Poor person Contributor

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    SSO is missing the obvious answer, more guitars duh.
     
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    “Buy a used Prestige.”
     
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    get a digitech Drop pedal
     
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    So here is another way to go at this.

    I write pretty much all the stuff for my band in a sort of Open C/G tuning without creating the Major chord on a baritone.

    Meaning I tune my baritone to G-C-G-C-G-C. It is a fantastic tuning to work in with, it gives tons of range and if you add the high e on the seven string you have literally a regular 7 string tonal range + 4 halfsteps added on the bottom.

    I can only recommend it, though you basically have to relearn/delearn a lot of what work with in standard tuned guitars.

    Otherwise. Capo.
     
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    Dayn silly person

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    On the capo front, I should add that I bought a Kyser classical capo. Covers 7 of 8 strings on my 8-string, and works on my 7-string up to about the 12th or 14th fret. Both with 16"~ or so radius fretboards.
     
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    axxessdenied Arium Addict

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    Drop F gives you C-standard on the top six strings ;)
     

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