What TUNING do you use on your MAIN 7 String?

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  1. Stealth7

    Stealth7 SS.org Regular

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    B Standard but I'm considering tuning to Bb to play some MA, CC, Behemoth :hbang:
     
  2. rug

    rug SS.org Regular

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    I tune a half step down, drop the 6th string to C#, and then I drop the 7th string to G#. This allows me to do drop D voicings on the 6th and 5th strings, and then regular power chord voicings for the the 6th and 7th strings. Basically, it's a double drop tuning. The bottom four strings are octaves...

    G# C# G# C#

    Which makes it pretty neat to do a quick symmetrical ascending run without really any position shifts or anything, and the higher strings are preserved to do the same lead stuff as always. This tuning is a TON of fun to play with.
     
  3. FilBack

    FilBack Back on the Fil

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    Standard for me too. It's the most versatile tuning there is.
     
  4. Switch30

    Switch30 Seven deadly strings

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    Drop A now for the new album coming out
     
  5. Djent

    Djent Obviously!

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    Drop A. The capo is your best friend; you can get any dropped tuning out of it.
     
  6. Bramerstein

    Bramerstein Member

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    Used to play Drop A, but dropping to flat made all my riffs sound much better.

    Drop A flat: Ab Eb Ab Db Gb Bb eb
     
  7. Metal_Maniac

    Metal_Maniac Well-Known Member

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    I use 2 tunings, Bb Standard and Drop Ab
     
  8. C2Aye

    C2Aye has the groove.

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    For my 6 strings, I go either E standard, Drop D, Drop C or DADGAD (Dsus4). On my acoustic I have used a wild range of tunings (some of which I don't even know the names of!) like E standard, D standard, DADGAD, Gsus4, Open G, Open F, Open D, DADGCE (I quite enjoy this one!) and CGCFA#D.

    On my 7, I'm currently in Drop G# but I am usually in B standard. I have also messed about with Drop A, A standard, A# standard and the so called 'Tosin Tuning' of A#C#G#C#F#A#D#.
     
  9. SenorDingDong

    SenorDingDong Smeller of Smells

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    A#D#G#C#F#A#D#

    Because Jeff Loomis told me to :ugh:
     
  10. Semichastny

    Semichastny SS.org Regular

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    I use Drop-A or Double Drop-A which is (low to high) A,A,E,A,D,F#,B. the latter is really good for tapping, melody, and chording.
     
  11. Shredenvain

    Shredenvain Active Member

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    i tune my sevens to

    a#, f, a#, d#, g#, c, f

    i love havin the low string droped but tuning up a half a step up gives me incredible tension for play death and thrash plus ive found tuning up helps cut through the mix in live situations.
     
  12. JPMDan

    JPMDan IT'S OVER 9000!!!! Contributor

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    depends on what I'm feeling some days standard, sometimes half step down or this

    Ab Db Ab Db Gb Bb Eb
     
  13. JPhoenix19

    JPhoenix19 Playing life by ear

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    A standard, sometimes drop G.
     
  14. Scar Symmetry

    Scar Symmetry Ex Whiny Bitch

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    A# standard, Nevermore/early Meshuggah tuning :yesway:
     
  15. JCD

    JCD Cody

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    I like that idea! Dan from Hoobastank has a bunch of songs in Drop E on his 6 strings. I'd be scared of string breakage on the high ones though.

    I've been trying to tune to Drop H for a while. Whoever finds one of those Harry Potter-esque tunings is gonna revolutionize the instrument. :lol:

    For me, I just tune to Drop A for my band stuff but I enjoy standard with low B as well. Love both tunings because they can double as standard-tuned 6 strings, which is huge for me since there are so many songs out there still in standard. Makes it easy to play along to records.
     
  16. Scottckr

    Scottckr Wololololo

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    Do you actually have any use for that low G?
    I was thinking of getting a 7string and my band also plays in drop c, and that tuning you're using might be worth trying :p
     
  17. jerome snail

    jerome snail Guitar Geek

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    I tried this tuning once (G C G C F A D) but I didn't like it that much. Plus the low G is pretty useless if the other guitarist and the bassist don't have it... well, that's my 2 cents.

    So now I've tuned my 7 in drop A# (or drop Bb) + high F (i.e. A# F A# D# G C F), and I'm loving it.
    Now I must convice the other guitarist and the bassit to tune down another whole step :lol:
     
  18. Ytseman

    Ytseman Phil

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    My main guitars RGA7 & S7420 - I use 10-46 and 56 for low B, all tuned down half step (Nevermore fan :hbang:).
     
  19. Wierdoom

    Wierdoom Squidlord

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    I jump between A D G C F A D (.012-.072) and G C G C F A D (.012-.080).
     
  20. op1e

    op1e Spirit Taker

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    AEADGBE for my main. I did find sumn interesting for the 2nd guitar, though. I tuned its top 6 to C# and dropped to B, then tuned the 7th to B as well (tried F# but not enough tension even with .74). On regular riffing I play it like a sixer, but when I go into the choruses I use both low B's and it has an awesome "chorus" style effect, really powerful and cool sounding.
     

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