How many guitars to cover these tunings?

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  1. landmvrks

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    So I'm looking to make sure I have the guitars the cover the following tunings, without terrible tension and having to get huge gauge strings:

    6 String:
    Drop G
    Drop G#
    Drop A
    Drop A#
    Drop B
    Drop C

    7 String:
    G# D# G# C# F# A# D#
    F A# F A# D# G C
    F# C# F# B D# G# C#
    F# B F# B D# G# C#
    E B E A D F# B

    I'm thinking the following guitars would be a pretty ideal setup to cover my bases with the least amount of compromise.

    6 String:
    Drop G/A - 26.5 scale (maybe an RGD or Iron Label)
    Drop B/C - 25.5 scale (12-60 strings) (Skervesen Raptor)

    7 String:
    Lower tunings (eg Drop A#/B with low F) - 27 scale (Mayones Regius 7)
    Higher tunings (eg half step down with low G#) - 25.5-27 multiscale (?)

    Thoughts? Would you do anything differently? Money isn't really an issue (to a degree), looking to cover all bases without going absolutely stupid and buying one for every tuning though. Ideally everything fits on my 5 rack.
     
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    Less guitars = less angry wife haha. Figure I can get away with a single 5 rack of axes (I have a Subzero Baritone Jazzmaster for fun as well).
     
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    This is the only part that really matters, so you need one for every tuning, plus a backup for each one of those.
     
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    See above ha.
     
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    11 tunings = 11 guitars lol
     
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    Y'all are a terrible influence :nono:
     
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    You had to expect this kinda treatment from us buncha jackasses:lol: We are here to enable, no matter the cost........
     
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    One if we want to be really pedantic.
     
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    My OP was at LEAST over 30 words, I demand respect for my efforts!
     
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    This is possible with two guitars if you're open to pitch shifting and retuning the 6th string

    First guitar: 7 string tuned to Drop B + low F#, covers your 6 string tunings Drop B through Drop A pitch shifted and most of your 7 string tunings

    Second guitar: 7 string tuned to Drop G# which gives you access to Drop G and Drop C

    Up to you to decide whether you'd want to tune the first guitar's B up to C# for Drop F# or pitch shift the second guitar further down, but it all depends on which tunings you prioritize and want to sound/feel the best when it comes to determining pitch shifting range. Similarly, the first guitar could be tuned to Drop A# + low F if you're fine with further pitch shifting the second guitar.
     
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    Appreciate your response, though I'm not really wanting to play 6 string songs on a 7 string. I've done it previously and I don't love the feel of it personally. Also not the biggest fan of pitch shifting, but you definitely make a lot of sense for something who doesn't mind these things.
     
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    Just use less tunings. Use the tuning most of the material is in, and work the rest into that tuning. One 6, one 7.

    Done.
     
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    Honestly that's just not for me. I'd rather spend the money and easily be able to read and copy tabs with well set up guitars.
     
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    Looks like you're buying 4+ guitars then, which is the antithesis of keeping the wife happy unless she also plays them.
     
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    I've stated having a rack of 5 guitars is fine :hbang:
     
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    As someone who has more than enough guitars to cover all the tunings I want, I still pitch shift/have an extra string (or two!), just to play the guitars I "like more" more.. I can understand not wanting the extra string.

    But is your issue with pitch shifting being able to hear the string while playing? I'd like to know what kind of gear you're running. Not saying you won't need to re-evaluate tone, but the technology has come very far in the past years I don't see why pitch shifting in smaller increments like say +-1 step would be an issue.
     
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    Sounds like your answer is 5 guitars then. As Max and Budda have stated you can make it work in as little as 1 or 2 guitars, if wanted/needed. But it sounds like you're comfortable going up to 5 guitars, so there you go:agreed:
     
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    I have an Axe FX II XL+ and I pretty much just plug into it and play the same few presets. Also, honestly, I just really like guitars. Having a full 5 rack there of cool, different guitars ready to pick up that I know are set up and ready to go without me having to change anything is honestly what I'm going for the most.
     
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    For the tunings I mentioned above, it's really 4. I have a 30" baritone jazzmaster that I have for fun and won't be going anywhere, hence me referencing 5.

    My intention with this thread was mainly to find out if I had 4 guitars, does the mix of scale lengths mentioned in OP seem about right to have 4 well set up instruments with little compromise in regards to tension/huge strings and the tunings I play.

    I guess the one I'm least confident about is a guitar for a 7 string tuning such as G# D# G# C# F# A# D# where 6 strings are only down half a step, but the low string is down a lot. Hence why I figure a 25-7 multiscale might be the best fit for this?
     

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