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kirkhammett09
03-04-2008, 06:42 PM
whats the lowest tuning a guitar can tune to until it just becomes too low? I'm usually in standard and don't want to down tune but I was just curious. The lowest I think I've seen is B standard. Any lower?

Y00p
03-04-2008, 06:43 PM
The lowest I've heard of is Drop E on the 8-stringers....

Vintage_Axe
03-04-2008, 06:44 PM
i think there's drop A which korn have used if im right???

carrotcake
03-04-2008, 06:45 PM
Drop F on a 6-string. :D

Macabre_Turtle
03-04-2008, 06:46 PM
i think there's drop A which korn have used if im right???

7 string, A standard.

DillusionSystem
03-04-2008, 06:47 PM
Octave Down, Sun (((0 uses it, or some other drone band

jbyrd
03-04-2008, 06:48 PM
ive tuned a 7 i had to g but it didn't sound that great. I think Chevelle tuned to a# before or maybe lower.

GuitarHero0715
03-04-2008, 06:48 PM
Ive seen drop D on one of my friends' bands songs.

And by that I mean a full octave down.

8 stringer.

distortion4116
03-04-2008, 06:48 PM
the lowest i've heard any one go down to was g on a 7 string. But evidentally Y00p's heard drop E. That's insane. I can't even imagine how.. incoherent that must sound lol

Bassmastajazzyj
03-04-2008, 06:49 PM
Drop E on a Six string like a full octave down from normal E

Teh GIR
03-04-2008, 06:50 PM
Tune that low and then use an octave pedal to drop it 2 octaves below again

lol

Ichimaru
03-04-2008, 06:50 PM
On a 6-string, its just as low as possible until the sound produced by the strings becomes inaudible. It'll be different on every guitar, depending on the length, pickup height, string height and type of bridge. also the type of pickups and strings used.

distortion4116
03-04-2008, 06:51 PM
bass players who play with guitar players that tune down a full octave must use telephone wires for strings

PekarGuitar
03-04-2008, 06:51 PM
There are such things baritone guitars but i guess that's a whole different instrument (like bass is). It all depends on what size strings you have. The thicker the strings the lower you can go.

Fi-Fi
03-04-2008, 06:52 PM
whats the lowest tuning a guitar can tune to until it just becomes too low? I'm usually in standard and don't want to down tune but I was just curious. The lowest I think I've seen is B standard. Any lower?

the lowest you've 'seen' ? sorry just needed to commetn on that, but else: i like drop C and alternative tunings like type-o-negative uses, mostly for bass though.
It gives the base more purpose and a melancholic sounds sometimes

cashewchaching
03-04-2008, 06:54 PM
bass players who play with guitar players that tune down a full octave must use telephone wires for strings
O_o wha???

distortion4116
03-04-2008, 06:54 PM
O_o wha???
they must use strings the size of telephone wires

SG Man Forever
03-04-2008, 06:55 PM
bass players who play with guitar players that tune down a full octave must use telephone wires for strings


Seriously. THe equivalent of a low bass E must be like half an inch think.

The lowest I think a guitar should go is either C standard or drop C.

hellraiser1133
03-04-2008, 06:56 PM
bass players who play with guitar players that tune down a full octave must use telephone wires for strings

If a guitar tunes down to E, its producing the same note as a bass...since a bass is one octave lower than a 6 string...however, no guitar I've ever seen can make an audible sound a full octave down tuned.

distortion4116
03-04-2008, 06:58 PM
If a guitar tunes down to E, its producing the same note as a bass...since a bass is one octave lower than a 6 string...however, no guitar I've ever seen can make an audible sound a full octave down tuned.
yea, i know, i'm just saying the strings for the bass to tune that low and not flop all over the place when the bassist plays must be, as SG man forever said, a half inch thick or so.

kyle62
03-04-2008, 07:17 PM
Well, if you change a string when plugged in, you get that 'flob 'flob 'flob' noise as the string gets really loose - does that count?



Or...grow up, and learn to master standard tuning before you start messing about with all that muddy drop-tuned stuff. ;)

distortion4116
03-04-2008, 07:23 PM
Or...grow up, and learn to master standard tuning before you start messing about with all that muddy drop-tuned stuff. ;)
lol yea.. i actually prefer standard. And honestly i've heard bands play in standard tuning and sound heavier than bands that play in drop-c, -b, -a, etcetera.

BladeSlinger
03-04-2008, 07:24 PM
I've heard of F# Standard on an 8 stringer....

CtrlBurn
03-04-2008, 07:26 PM
I once saw a guy at Bass Fest play a low G. It was billed as 3 octaves lower than anyone else has ever played.

bi-ah!
03-04-2008, 07:31 PM
couldnt you just by a bass instead of droptuning a guitar that low?

Macabre_Turtle
03-04-2008, 07:51 PM
If a guitar tunes down to E, its producing the same note as a bass...since a bass is one octave lower than a 6 string...however, no guitar I've ever seen can make an audible sound a full octave down tuned.

Well, I can put my 6 string in drop A (I play Korn, don't have a 7), so a 7 could get to drop E

Slaytanic1993
03-04-2008, 08:01 PM
I think that lower than B is ridiculous, I think E is the tuning for me, but yet again that's for me. I just don't like listeening to Octave D standard (A friend of mine uses this as his main tuning...)

Macabre_Turtle
03-04-2008, 08:03 PM
I think that lower than B is ridiculous, I think E is the tuning for me, but yet again that's for me. I just don't like listeening to Octave D standard (A friend of mine uses this as his main tuning...)

Octave D? You mean like, 7 steps down?

Slaytanic1993
03-04-2008, 08:07 PM
Yes, like a bass in D...horrid music this man makes.

xwearesinking
03-04-2008, 09:57 PM
my old band played in Ab standard on 6 strings

YourDad
03-04-2008, 10:01 PM
Static-X as of now uses Drop A on regular 6 strings.

It's the lowes I'VE heard of. But ive screwed around a bit and it can go really low until the amp doesn't respond, or the string flops around like shemale organ.

When I was screwing around on my 6th string peg I went a few octives too low and my amp didn't even give off any sound anymore.

Slayer566
03-04-2008, 10:02 PM
Z is the lowest :P

GoDrex
03-04-2008, 10:04 PM
I like to tune down to drop-Q - - it's ****ing heavy maaaaan

Burning_Angel
03-04-2008, 10:31 PM
Meshuggah wins this.

Drop E, on Stengah.

F# or F Standard on the rest... W/8 string guitars, of course.

Macabre_Turtle
03-04-2008, 10:44 PM
Yes, like a bass in D...horrid music this man makes.

.....how the **** do the strings stay attached?

Static-X as of now uses Drop A on regular 6 strings.


A#

bjoern_swe
03-05-2008, 02:36 PM
I like B-standard, like my 7-string. I go down to drop-A for some songs, even though it's a little bit too low. I would prefer A#

strings-N-stuff
03-05-2008, 03:51 PM
I'm in A standard with a 6 string. Pretty low.

I was in G standard when I had my baritone.

truespin
03-05-2008, 03:53 PM
I like to tune down to drop-Q - - it's ****ing heavy maaaaan
:peace:

DeathDealer
03-05-2008, 04:02 PM
Stormlord plays in A, think Nile does also
with 6 strings & still sounds good...but they use the 6th string at around .70

JabyMason
07-25-2009, 05:45 AM
The answer is simple... anyone heard of the Warwick Vampire Dark Lord Bass Guitar?... Its tune (from Low to high) F#, B, E, A... the F# is 23hz, most people wont be able to hear it due to damage to their hearing... also the F# string has a gauge of .175, now i got a 5 string bass, the lowest I tune is ADGCF (low to high) but my strings aren't too floppy if i put it down to GCFBE but the low G is useless then being my amp wont be able to play it.

Leave anything below drop-c to the bassists you guitarists :)... though it isnt unheard of guitarists using the high G bass string as their top string and other thick strings and playing in tunings down to G-tuning.

If the strings go floppy, the guitar wont be worth listening to cause it will sound so naff.

The lower you tune the thincker the strings you will need... I think the Warwick dark lord strings prove this .175 - .85 !!!

Does this answer everything for you? :D

puny74
03-28-2013, 04:47 PM
I find it a bit funny that the lowest some people have heard is drop A. The lowest I have heard is G-sharp ZERO, on a custom made 11 string. It was a shitty quality video but it was still the lowest I've heard. The lowest I've ever played on certain guitars is as follows -

6 - string - Drop F#
7 - string - Drop E
8 - string - Drop C# (full octave down)
9 - string - Drop A# (full octave down)

As for "leave anything below drop C for the bassists", drop E on a guitar sounds WAAYYY different to the same tuning on a bass. It's all in the pickups and guitar design. Some bands have their guitars in the same tuning as the bass but leave all the low out of their tone for the bassist. Play a low C# on a bass with distortion, it will sound horrendous. But play the same note on a 9 string electric and it will sound good.

Viban
03-28-2013, 05:32 PM
The lower you tune the thincker the strings you will need... I think the Warwick dark lord strings prove this .175 - .85 !!!
I got rid of the comic sans because it irritated me, but surely you mean 1.75, .175 is only 5/1000 regular G string on a guitar in E standard.

I played in G standard before, I was in a band that was all about teh br00tz, I hated it and set up my guitar for E standard again, still kept the thick strings though.