Drop tunings on an 8 string

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  1. thrsher

    thrsher \m/-_-\m/

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    what would it be for drop f# and drop G....im def curious to know as im interested in an 8 and those would be tunings i might play
     
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    signalgrey Ambiente Savante

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    buy a bass. ;)

    j/k

    drop E i guess or Drop D
     
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    Deadseen SS.org Regular

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    With the right strings you could probably tune it to drop F#. But standard tuning on a 8-string is F# standard, so drop would then be Drop E (one octave under a normal 6-string)
     
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    What octave range are you talking about? :scratch: E1 is very doable on the RG2228's 27.0" scale, I couldn't keep much in focus below that. More to do with tonality than tension. I regularly tune to D1 on my Steinberger Synapse ST2-FPA baritone (28 5/8") with an .080, and lower with large bass strings.
     
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    Daemon The Nocturnal Chaos

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    Drop E !

    Because :

    --------------E | - B - | E - - A - - D - - G - - B - - E
    -------| 8 drop | 7 std | - - SIX STRINGS STANDARD - - |



    for me it's the most interesting to do...
     
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    MF_Kitten Set up us the bomb

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    i love me some drop E myself :)
     
  7. Valserp

    Valserp Only plays 1 string

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    I've been wanting to buy an 8 for the sole reason of trying D A D A D G B E.
    I love me some Drop-D :agreed:
     
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    omgmjgg WTFCAKES

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    I'm playing in a variation of an E tuning, but I've went as low as D on my 8th and it wasn't to terrible.
     
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    troyguitar SS.org Regular

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    Drop F# would be F# C# F# B E A C# F#

    Drop G would be G D G C F Bb D G

    More or less you would be tuning your guitar up 2 (F#) or 3 (G) half steps then adding two low strings and dropping the lowest string.
     
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    guitarplayerone SS.org Regular

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    i would definitely drop E, because then you'd be able to base your music around lots of chords using open strings. One example of drop E i'm sure everyone is familiar with. and I used to hate drop tunings before i realized how much easier writing songs in A minor was than B minor (using lots of open strings/chords). Hmm then again I just realized that E minor has an F# in it (so the F# would in fact be in the key). Then again though, it wouldn't be the tonic, though you could write some cool shit based around F# mixolydian



    now with djent (album version)

     
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    Trespass AEADGBEA

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    Assuming E Aeolian, it would be F# locrian.
     
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  13. screamindaemon

    screamindaemon Overlord of Music

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    I agree completely. It only makes sense in my mind to use drop E. That's the first thing that came to me head.

    Out of curiosity, is the bottom E of this tuning equivalent to the top string of a bass?
     
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    Not sure if you mean top or bottom - I think of it as bottom. Yes - drop E on an 8 string is the same as the lowest string of a normal bass.
     
  15. Cheesebuiscut

    Cheesebuiscut Loves his Q-tuners

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    Yes its the same low E on a standard tuned bass, just E 1 octave down.
     
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    Lowest I've heard someone get good results on an 8 string drop tuning is Bb I think.
     
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    Winspear EtherealEntity Vendor

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    Like a 5 string bass? Jesus :hbang:
     
  18. Sponge

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    Drop E is pretty nice sounding and you can always double up and practice with other favorite songs to ge ta good feel of it.

    I've got the Intrepid at DGDGDGBE and it'll stay at this tuning. Nice open tuning style for the lower strings and doubling up on octaves for more of the wall of sound type effect, and the standard on the highs so that higher pitched leads are in standard.
     
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    that is an interesting tuning, I want to try it out now
     
  20. JacksonKE2Shred

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    Could you use string with a 27 inch scale for drop e with out it being a total mess?
     

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