Potentially joining a Drop D band. Tuning advice?

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  1. n4t

    n4t SS.org Regular

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    As the title says. I'm assuming at this point the rythmn guitarist will be playing a 6 string in drop D based on the recordings I have to pore over.

    I tune my 8 to Drop E and am not sure where to go with it.

    I could drop my E (6th) and B (7th) string and go with that.

    Or I could get out my Jackson soloist and just use that.

    I was just wondering if anyone found themselves in this situation and if there were any good, creative solutions for it. As the new guy I don't want to ask for a tuning change or make things hard on the other guitarist. I'm leaning towards just using my 6 and working in the 8 maybe at a later time.
     
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    Sometimes the simple answer is the correct one. :shred:
     
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    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    Bring both! Set up the Jackson for drop D and try tuning the 8 to DAdadgbe so you can jam along with him on 6 strings, but drop the hammer for chuggy parts an octive lower.
     
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    Oh I like that tuning. Probably need a power transmission line to get to D on the 8th string though. Gonna try it tonight with my .075 string and see if it hits me in the face when I up-pick. :metal:
     
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    I recommend this set

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    This is the CircleK .009 balanced set with a .079 low string and it has pretty decent specs assuming you have a 27" scale.
     
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    12lbs at D1 is insanely light tension. If you don't want the sensation of rubber bands below your fingers I would aim for something closer to 17lbs on the lowest side. The set above is actually backwards IMO. Why would you want so much more tension on the treble side?
     
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    I'd just go with the 6 stringer. It's what I did being mainly a 7 stringer going into my current band (Drop C# mainly). I bust out the 7 for B tuning songs

    That said, that limits some cool things you could probably do on the 8, but it would definitely simplify things.
     
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    It depends - if you could add something to music with your 8 and if it would sound good/better that way, than go with 8stringer, otherwise stick to Jackson... Probably wont hurt to try out both ways...
     
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    Picking up a fresh set of strings for the 6'er and will start with that.

    My Ibby has a .082 on the 8th string. I generally like my stuff slinky so I'll try it with that. Sadly the .082 won't go through the bridge on my OAF, and of course neither will anything bigger - without some hillbilly modification. It has a nice wood nut (zero fret) so I'm not sure I want to start hacking at it with a file.

    Guess I finally have an excuse to order new pickups for my RGA8? It's already been drilled and filed for bigger strings.

    Thanks for the advice guys.
     
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    Out of curiosity, what's the band's opinion on the matter? I know I wouldn't necessarily be too happy with a new guitarist showing up expecting to play an octave down without letting me know, first.
     
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    I have only met the drummer thus far. When asked which I would play I answered "Whatever fits in". Just looking for options here.

    I haven't had a chance to try D on the 8 yet, but I can deal with (and prefer) pretty low tension and I dislike big string gauges so I'm thnking my .082 will work and maybe even the .075. It's only another full step down. :hbang:
     
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    ........ Who ever made the rule that you have to be in the same tuning as the other guitarist ?
    I play my 7-string in dropped A, while the other guy plays in standard D and standard B. Works perfect.
    It's not a matter of playing-in-the-same-tuning, but it's a matter of how-do-you-LIKE-to-tune-your-guitar.
     
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    I would say just use the soloist in drop D. Tuning/number of strings definitely changes the way I approach playing guitar (e.g. drop D vs D standard vs B standard/drop A on a 7 stringer) even if they have all the notes available. It'll help you get into the mindset and feel of the band better, imo.
     
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    I would go with just using the Soloist. Given how 99% of guitar players are about 7s (just use a bass, why do you need that many strings, ect.) I would imagine if you show up with an 8 they'll probably say you aren't the guy they need. If you're dead set on using your 8, I would just bring your Soloist at first and if everything goes good throw out the idea of using it.
     
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    I say use the Jackson. I tune my 8 with 30in scale to DADGCFAD and have a. 094 for the low D. So you'd probably need heavier.

    You could just play the 8 in standard and transpose, but I know how that can be.

    Maybe start with the 6 and experiment later :2c:
     
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    This is the approach I think I'd be taking. Go with the six string to begin with, learn the material and then fool around with your 8 string at home to see if you can add anything to it by having the two extra strings. If you think you can contribute something extra by using the 8 string then bring the idea up and have your example parts ready to go.
     
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    Eliguy666 Holy shit I've been inactive for awhile

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    Use your 8 in whatever tuning you like if it's your favorite guitar. If they don't want the low range in their music, stick to the higher notes. If they don't like the 8 because it has more strings, even if you're playing in the scales they want, then they're wankers.
     
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    On my drop-D sixer, I use 0095,012,017,024,034,046. The 46 works well enough when alternating between std-E and drop-D.
    Hehe, it's a strat-alike, with the old school Wilkinson bridge setup tight, and it still keeps the tuning when going between the two tunings. Just needs a Sperzel D-thing for the low string ;)

    My Schecter Riot 8 is setup for std downtuned C on the six mid strings, which means having the minor-3rd step from 4th to 3rd strings, with additional low G and high F.
    However, I often tune the high one down to E, i.e. a minor-3rd step. as this allows for a more smooth playing style for certain things.
    Top strings are 008,010,012,018, all plains, low one in the 080 range; don't remember the rest..

    As with my 6'er drop-D, I should have a D-thing on that string, plus one more on the 3rd string, for alternating between C and F tunings.
    I also often have it tuned a half step up to C#; sexy more crisp tuning.
    Don't think I'd make use of a low dropper, but a D-thing on the 7th for drop-A# (when in C-std tuning) would be cool.
     

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