Registered User
Join date: Oct 2012
20 IQ
Has anyone ever tuned there guitar down a whole step while leaving the bass up in standard? Or maybe leave the guitar up and tune the bass down? If this doesn't sound good can someone recommend some tunings similar to this? thanks
Tight Tight Tight
Join date: Dec 2008
150 IQ
Why would you do that?

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Freshman Acoustic
Join date: Oct 2009
490 IQ
I don't see how it would be an issue. If you're playing (for example) an E5 chord on a guitar tuned to Drop C, it doesn't matter if the bass is tuned to E standard or Drop C or Drop A. You should be able to recognize what notes are being played, regardless of where they're played on the guitar/bass.
UG's UGer
Join date: Oct 2006
60 IQ
There's no reason you couldn't, but it's pointless. Why would you want to add a step of range to one instrument, and not give the other the ability to reach it? That's the reason the guitar and bass are generally tuned the same, with the occasional exception of the bassist having an extra low string while the guitar doesn't (5 string bass with 6 string guitar).
Registered User
Join date: Oct 2012
20 IQ
Thanks, and I didn't really have any intention of doing this. It was just a fun thought i guess.
Btw, we ended up trying it andddddddddd yeah it sounds terrible .