Low B or Low A?

Discussion in 'Sevenstring Guitars' started by Jim Soloway, Jul 16, 2004.

  1. Josh

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    I've played everything fom 8s to 13s and I keep going back to 10s.
     
  2. Chris

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    11's on all my 7's btw, though they're getting hard to find at music stores. :\
     
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    Low B for me.
     
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    Thanks for posting that. In the last 2 years since this thread died, I've been asking myself everday, "gee, what tuning does pendar use?"

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    I've only done BEADGBE on my guitar, but I went to GC the other day and tried out a 7321 and dropped the B to A just for shits and it felt badass so now I'm in the market for a 7321 to play different tunings with, mainly AEADGBE.
     
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    :rofl: Don't you hate people bumping ancient threads for no freaking reason?
     
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    Or we complain about that people doesn't use the search button, or we complain about people bumping acient threads... We will never be satisfied :lol:
     
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    A.

    If A is good enough to be the first letter in the alphabet, then it's good enough for me.
     
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    07-20-2004!
     
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    As the threads bumped anyway: B standard usually, but I do mess about with Drop-A at times.

    Yes, but you use standard down a whole step. I think Jim was referring to whether people use a standard tuning or drop tuning. Your 7's do sound really good though.
     
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    i use B, but A occasionally. I tried the low A when i found out that is how it is typically done in jazz guitar, but most of the things I've written in A i can still play in B, but with wider stretches.
     
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    Fuck! i have the Lo Pro and i can't drop to A.

    I have to try with a tremol no.
     
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    Has anyone else tried using the 'step down' setting on the whammy pedal to get a low A? Can be suprisingly effective...
     
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    just B for me....
    none of the songs ive attemped to play require a low A(many not requring a low B either :lol: ) and i dont have the time to adjust the trem to play around with it for 20 mins and then change it back

    [action=OzzyC] notes tremel-no on his 'things to buy' list [/action]
     
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    Yes, but I find the tracking can't quite keep up with fast passages and has an annoying digital warble to it.
     
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    I generally use standard (low B) and I have messed around with drop-A a few times, but I like the intervals in standard a lot more than the intervals in a dropped tuning. I just like having fourths. Which tuning I use generally depends on what band I'm in. I've used standard (BEADGBE), half step down (BbEbAbDbGbBbEb) and whole step down (ADGCFAD) in band settings. On my sixes, since there was no tremolo, I'd switch to drop-D for one song, then switch immediately back to standard. Unfortunately I can't do that with my seven 'cause of the damn tremolo. :mad:

    Also, I had been playing in whole step down (A) for a really long time and just last week I tuned back up to standard for the guys I'll be playing with this weekend and I was VERY VERY pleased with how tight and clear the low B sounds over the low A (I use a 58 gauge for the lowest string). On six strings, I think I prefer lower tunings like whole step down or 1.5 steps down. But on a seven, I prefer standard with that low B. :agreed: Of course, if I end up getting in a band that tunes a whole step down, I'll be tuning back into that ADGCFAD tuning again.
     
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    Since I used drop d for years on a 6 I generally play in drop A.
     
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    Personally I've mainly used B flat standard on my seven, just because of the tremolo issue, but I've dabbled in Drop A flat and ADADGBE (down a 1/2 step) tunings as well, and will probably switch between all three once my tremel-no's arrived, just because I like variety.
     

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