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Low tuning - tips

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neomass1  
14 Mar 2011 23:46 | Quote
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Anyone have tips for tuning low, I'm talking Drop A#, B tuning, drop B and C tuning. Chevelle plays a lot at A#, I tune down that low and it still feels off. Do they use and octave dropper?
BodomBeachTerror  
14 Mar 2011 23:50 | Quote
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How do you mean it feels off? the strings just feel really slinky?
neomass1  
15 Mar 2011 00:12 | Quote
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I'll work on finding a way to explain it better and I'll get back to you.
neomass1  
15 Mar 2011 00:13 | Quote
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One big thing is keeping my guitar in tune, but i think that has to be more my bad tuning pegs
AlexB  
15 Mar 2011 00:38 | Quote
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they tune that low using 7 or 8 string guitars and heavier string gauges
gshredder2112  
15 Mar 2011 03:07 | Quote
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info needed to help me help you
1 do you have a vibrato bar,if so wat kind
2what kind of guitar,and wat gauge strings do.you use.
3 do you know what a baritone guitar is?
guitarmastergod  
15 Mar 2011 07:05 | Quote
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use thicker gauge strings, or you can but a pitch pedal that you can use to drop your guitar X amount of semi tones but it doesnt sound as natural
Domigan_Lefty  
15 Mar 2011 10:26 | Quote
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For tunings down around A, I would suggest maybe 11s if low tension strings bother you. I like loose strings, so I never go above 9s
don't forget to re-intonate

if you are just dropping your tuning without string/gauge change, you need to re-stretch your strings. Lower tuning means less tension, means your strings may come loose from your pegs. There is no problem with the pegs if it only de-tunes so much when droptuned.

I figured this out when I had to tune for audioslave's gasoline.
gshredder2112  
15 Mar 2011 11:53 | Quote
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you should also to wrap as much string around the peg as possible.
BodomBeachTerror  
15 Mar 2011 11:54 | Quote
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Domigan_Lefty says:
For tunings down around A, I would suggest maybe 11s if low tension strings bother you


I use 11's for standard tuning haha
gshredder2112  
15 Mar 2011 12:07 | Quote
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nothing lower than 10's for me.
neomass1  
18 Mar 2011 18:31 | Quote
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thanks guys I did my homework and came up with the same things Domigan_Lefty and guitarmastergod where telling me, ya I just got a size ten strings and they are WILD brand I believe they are made for this sort of thing. I just need to keep things at low tunings for the time being so I don't lose the tension. I'll keep my acoustic/electric at standard.

Thanks again guys


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