What is your favorite tuning on 8-string guitar and why?

Discussion in 'Extended Range Guitars' started by Lizardkingeightstring, Aug 25, 2017.

  1. welsh_7stinger

    welsh_7stinger 7=best number

    Messages:
    388
    Likes Received:
    51
    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2010
    Location:
    wales
    Mine are drop Eb and 8+1 tuning down a semi (low to high Bb,Eb,Ab,Db,Gb,bb,eb,ab)
     
    lewis likes this.
  2. KentonSummits

    KentonSummits SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    10
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2015
    Location:
    Paducah, KY
    I've been using EAEADGBE in my band Summits as of late! Definitely will be some new stuff on the upcoming EP in that tuning., It's so fun. Also for my new band Lagrange, I've really been loving DADADEAD! Took some notes from Josh Travis on that one. hahaha
     
  3. InfinityCollision

    InfinityCollision SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    2,150
    Likes Received:
    176
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2012
    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    BEADGBEA
     
    bostjan likes this.
  4. Gorespe

    Gorespe Chopstix

    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2015
    Location:
    Kentucky
    For my tech death band we used EADGBEAD.
     
  5. lewis

    lewis SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    3,249
    Likes Received:
    435
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2011
    Location:
    Norfolk, UK
    last time I was in Drop Eb I had the most fun playing solos that I had for the longest time. The tension was looser and the notes sounded so so sweet.
    Was a lead players dream.

    I would love to really give this tuning another go but bassist issues is always my main reason for not doing it. They struggle in my area to source strings/knowledge that are suitable to tune this low. Unless you do unison tuning which actually works great.
     
  6. Insomnia

    Insomnia Needs more strings!

    Messages:
    319
    Likes Received:
    40
    Joined:
    May 24, 2015
    Location:
    London
    F-A#-F-A#-D#-F-A#-D# (Monuments tuning - it's just AWESOME!)

    E-A-E-A-D-G-B-E (Just standard with the lowest two string dropped)

    E-B-E-A-D-G-B-E (Just standard with the lowest string dropped)

    C#-F#-E-A-D-G-C-F (Played in this once before when messing about on a friend's 8'er, it's really fun!)
     
  7. Tyler Mayfield

    Tyler Mayfield SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2017
    If you've ever listened to Within the Ruins, their guitarist, Joe Cocci, uses a tuning called C1. It's really interesting because you can still use your drop tuning while going even lower. On my 8 string, I tune to B1: BEBEADF#B. It's essentially your standard 9 string tuning but for 8. It pairs great with my Agile 828.
     
  8. PBC

    PBC Composition Ontology

    Messages:
    167
    Likes Received:
    49
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2015
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    A bunch of different ones, it's nice to extend the range in both directions. These are part of my 10 string tunings but just the top 8.

    Right now I'm trying 6 + 2:
    ADGCEADG : A Standard + 2
    GCFBbDGCF: G Standard + 2
    GDGCEADG: Drop G + 2

    7+1:
    G#C#F#BEG#C#F#: G# Standard (3rd String Major 3rd)
    FCFBbEbGCF: Drop F + 1

    On a more 'traditional' spectrum I enjoy
    F# Standard
    Drop Eb
    DADADGBE : Drop D Extended

    Sometime just variations on each whether it's just fifths vs fourths ect.

    Right now I'm determining the Major Third Placement having the tuning being a +1 or +2 currently leaning towards a + 2.
     
  9. sniperfreak223

    sniperfreak223 B.C. Rich loyalist

    Messages:
    1,354
    Likes Received:
    107
    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2012
    Location:
    Yiffing in Hell
    I'm boring...mine are either in F A#D#G#C#F#A#D# (half-step down) or E B E A D G B E (Drop E), mostly for familiarity
     
  10. MickD7

    MickD7 SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    139
    Likes Received:
    45
    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2008
    Location:
    Perth, WA, Aus
    These are my current favourite tunings

    AADGBEAD-M80m
    EADGCFAD-RG852
    EAC#ADFAE-M80M
    F#BF#BF#GBE- Inspired by Karnivool RG852
    EBEADGBE-RG852
     
  11. lewis

    lewis SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    3,249
    Likes Received:
    435
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2011
    Location:
    Norfolk, UK
    also lol am I the only one who uses low 7 and 8 string tunings but on a 6 string?

    my 25.5 scale super shred 80s strat is in Drop G# open atm.
    When I get a multiscale 6 I want to start using like Drop Eb again too....
     
  12. Ebony

    Ebony Mr Sunshine

    Messages:
    205
    Likes Received:
    41
    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2016
    Location:
    Fetsund, Norway
    Don't have an 8 set up for this, but I'd love to try G# in major thirds, low to high pitch (G#-C-E-G#-C-E-G#-C).
     
  13. kuro_hasegawa

    kuro_hasegawa SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2017
    I try to base my tunings on the current djent/deathcore scene for familiarity(so drop A, drop G, and drop E). For an 8 string, adding a low B to drop E and a low D to drop G on the 8th string is perfect because you get a drop tuning on the 7th and a standard tuning on the 6th so you never lose your reference.
     
  14. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire tinkerer/aspiring builder/8 string hoarder

    Messages:
    3,830
    Likes Received:
    1,064
    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2015
    Location:
    minnesotahhh ehh
    been playing around with EBAGCFAD lately.
     

Share This Page