What are your favorite tunings?

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  1. Dayn

    Dayn silly person

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    8-string electric: Drop E - EBGDAEBE
    8-string classical: Drop E - EBGDAEBE
    6-string bass: Drop E - GDAEBE

    Or I'll be a rebel and replace the BE with AC#.

    I want a high G string on my guitars at some point though... tried it once, but missed the low end range, so will need more strings.
     
  2. Grindspine

    Grindspine likes pointy things

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    Gee... I have six string guitars at E standard, Eb, and BEADF#B. I have had one at C standard before too, but have moved away from that tuning.

    My seven strings are at B standard and A standard, though for a while I had one at Bb.

    I guess I am not too adventurous with tunings, just downtune a half-step or so.
     
  3. HeavyMetal4Ever

    HeavyMetal4Ever SS.org Regular

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    I like a sixer with a floating bridge tuned to E standard with 9-42's, or E flat with 10-46, and even though I don't have a seven string right now I liked B standard with 9-56 when I did.

    Rock on!
     
  4. GiveUpGuitar

    GiveUpGuitar Give Up the Goods!

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    All of my 7's are in drop A. My 6's switch between D standard and Drop C. I've grown partial to playing my new strat in drop C recently. It seems so fresh to me that I almost don't want to play anything else. Damn you Fender.
     
  5. chassless

    chassless Don'tDeserveMyGuitar

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    i only have sixers. standard E is only for Opeth. Eb, D, drop C, standard C, drop A# and standard B are all sex.
     
  6. Veldar

    Veldar Is Post-Thrash?

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    Standard 6 string bass tuning for all of my bass playing.

    But for guitar AADGBE for brutal sludge octaves.
     
  7. col

    col blah.

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    Open C# minor
    B-standard
    E-standard
     
  8. SeditiousDissent

    SeditiousDissent i drove bus

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    I only have 1 guitar with a trem, so dropping the 6th string doesn't present much of a problem. Also, one of my guitars is a JTV, so I have, like, 15 options on that one.

    6's
    1. E Standard/Drop D
    2. Eb Standard/Drop C#
    3. D Standard/Drop C
    4. Open D5 (D-A-D-A-D-D)
    5. C7sus2, maybe? (C-G-C-G-A#-D)
    6. Drop B

    7's
    1. B Standard/Drop A

    Bass
    1. B Standard
     
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    stevexc SS.org Regular

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    D Standard all the way. Also a fan of DADGAD/DADF#AD and DGCGCD.
     
  10. Dutchbooked

    Dutchbooked Active Member

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    I just think you lose so much more than you gain spending much time outside standard tuning.
    Standard tuning with moveable base notes is more how I view extended range guitars though so there is room for everything.
    Of course a crazy tuning is good for creativity but that is a ton of transcribing if you want to play other people's music.
     
  11. Robert_Rayvid

    Robert_Rayvid SS.org Regular

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    1. Drop C (somehow i feel it sound better than other drop tuning)
    2. E standard
    3. Drop E on 8 strings
     
  12. ElRay

    ElRay Mostly Harmless

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    My favorite is All Major 3rds (M3) tuning.

    Big pluses:
    • It's a regular tuning
    • One full octave in three string, in one position
    • Makes it easier to play "non-guitar", single-note lines
    • You can play denser, piano-like chords that are not playable on a standard tuned guitar
    Disadvantages:
    • It's not good for Me, Myself and I playing
    • There's a bit of lost range. A 7-string in M3 has the same range as a regular 6-string.
    • Trying to work with your kid and their lessons in standard while you're in another tuning complicates things a bit.
    Some M3 Resources:
     
  13. quattro19tdi

    quattro19tdi Subcontrainfrasound

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    Right now my favorite tunings are drop A and drop G. Or like I have my 8, drop G with a D on the lowest string, DGDGCFAD.

    I want to set up my 7-string bass in a variation of drop G also, either straight forward like a 7-string guitar an octave down, GDGCFAD, or DGDGCEA to match my 8-string guitar on the low even though the low D string will be massive and dark sounding. But I don't want to change the nut and I've already got a .190 as the 7th string on it:lol:
     
  14. Spaced Out Ace

    Spaced Out Ace 0 0 1 0 0 6 5 0 3\

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    E/DADGBe
    Eb/C# Ab Db Gb Bb Eb
    D/C G C F A D
    DADGAD of whatever tuning.
     
  15. -One-

    -One- Not So Kool-Aid

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    On my 6-strings I either play in E or Eb, but when I'm on a 7, I prefer Drop D, and Drop D# if I'm on my 8-string.
     
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    QuantumCybin Lost In Thought

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    Currently I'm using drop C on my six and drop Ab on my seven.
     
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    Standard and Drop D on my 6, Drop A# on my 7.
     
  18. Floppystrings

    Floppystrings No like the floppy

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    A#
    Drop G#
    Drop C
    E Standard
    B Standard

    Tunings I dislike:

    G standard
    8 string E, just not for me
    F# (nope!)
     
  19. Winspear

    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    Perfect fourths convert here :)
    As far as open key goes, step down - on any string number.
    6's in D, 7s in A, 8s in E, 9s in low B (not that I have that)...same with the bass guitar.

    All of my guitars take a portion of this 4ths cycle from 8 string low E, E1.
    My 9er: E A D G C F Bb Eb Ab4 (4th fret high E string)
    classical: D G C F Bb Eb Ab4
    archtop: A D G C F Bb Eb
    and so on..

    and so on :) Bass the same deal an octave lower, either starting from A0 or E0.

    Other cool tunings I dig alternating 5ths and 4ths for its repetition and cheater monster string skipping licks. And minor or major 3rds as by ElRays post. But I'm sticking to P4 :)
     
  20. FILTHnFEAR

    FILTHnFEAR Dread it, run from it....

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    6 string drop d and drop c

    7 string drop c and drop b
     

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