Poll: Your personal default tuning
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View poll results: Your personal default tuning
E-Standard, you heretic
77 62%
Drop D
6 5%
D-Standard
18 14%
C# Standard
5 4%
Drop-C
18 14%
BEADF#B
3 2%
DADGAD
2 2%
Other
17 14%
Voters: 125.
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#1
I'm curious. E-standard is the base tuning, but I'm curious to see what folks use for 6-string guitars as their personal default. No ERG's here.
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#2
Drop C here. I find it's a nice middle ground for Drop X tuning. And I have a death grip on power chords.
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#4
Currently all my guitars are in a different tuning from Eb to drop B. But my go-to tuning would be D standard.
#5
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So Drop C or BbGCFAD?
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Last edited by bjgrifter at Apr 12, 2017,
#6
I use E Standard @60% of the time. The rest is almost all New Standard Tuning: CGDAEG. I have a single guitar tuned to DADGAD, but haven't spent much time with it since I did so. There's another, currently in E Standard, that is supposed to be set up for slide, eventually. When it is, it will be tuned for Open G or Open C.
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#8
Quote by bjgrifter
So Drop C or BbGCFAD?


AGCFAD and cgcegd and jesus pick a tuning guys.
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#9
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AGCFAD and cgcegd and jesus pick a tuning guys.

What's the fun in that?
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#10
DABf#Ac#

did it one day and kept my acoustic in it ever since
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#12
My main gutiar that I play 80% of the time is tuned to D-standard.  Acoustic and other electric is E-standard. 
#13
Eb (most often), D standard and C# standard.
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#15
E - Standard for the most part. might tune down to Eb occasionally or Drop-D for certain songs. 
#16
Pretty much always either E standard or drop D. On rare occasions I use C standard for playing stoner rock, and used to like Eb, but haven't used either tunings in a while. 
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#18
I have 3 guitars in E std, one in drop C#, one in drop C and one in G#-F#-B-E-G#-C# that I occasionally drop to F# instead of G#. 
I tune the E standard guitars down to drop D something too. 
The plan, however, is to get one more guitar (at least) for E standard and shuffle around what I already have to have one in drop A# as well. 
#19
Mostly E-standard, occasionally DADGAD which I'd like to spend more time on.
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#20
I use the standard E tuning, and I'm really surprised so many people use different tunings.
Only time I've tuned it differently was for slide guitar.
#21
E standard E flat and drop D pretty much equally
Last edited by Way Cool JR. at Apr 12, 2017,
#23
E standard or Eb on most of my guitars I have a couple in D standard and two in C#
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#24
Eb standard (down 1/2 step).  Why you ask?  Because Jimi, EVH, and SRV were right!

Open G whenever I play slide which is once every 5 years or so.
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#25
All my guitars are tuned to E Standard. I've played around with Open C, Eb Standard and D Standard as well as occasional flirts with DADGAD. 

It's always interesting from a creative perspective to remove your muscle memory crutch from your playing. Opeth did a great job of that with Ghost Reveries for example.

But I just find E Standard tuning has a clarity of attack and note pitch that I lack in other tunings, although this is probably due to string gauges etc. 
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#26
E standard, but I've been thinking of trying the 432hz thing because my band is getting into a lot of harmonies lately.
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#27
Quote by Cajundaddy
Eb standard (down 1/2 step).  Why you ask?  Because Jimi, EVH, and SRV were right!.


I'm with you when you are right I have more Eb guitars than anything else. I suppose I should have called that out as my go-to in my original reply!
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Last edited by Evilnine at Apr 13, 2017,
#28
E mostly.

Not quite sure why you don't have Eb on your list when you have all those other much more esoteric tunings there...
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#29
Eb standard, E standard, Drop D, D standard and Drop C, 7 string is tuned to B standard.
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#31
D-standard almost exclusively. Every once in a while I'll venture into C-standard, but I just end up tuning back up to D after a couple hours.

However, I have been playing with tuning to D-standard at 432hz and really enjoying it. That just might become my go-to tuning!  
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#32
I'm honestly gonna have to say Half Step down and Drop C#

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

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

I always thought Drop C and Drop B sound muddy.
#33
E standard most of the time. Occasionally open G and open E tunings for some things, too. I use a capo quite a bit more often than most people, and not as a substitute for doing full barre chords, but as a means of getting particular chord voicings that aren't possible in certain keys without a capo. I don't really do the "low tuning" thing - that's what bass instruments are for.

That said, I would love to own a baritone guitar, however, I promised myself I'd only buy one if I actually had a specific need for one, and that need has not yet arisen.
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#34
Standard is my go-to because unlike most of you nerds I actually music for a living.
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#35
Most of mine are in E standard. I have a couple in Eb and another couple in D.
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#36
Eb and Drop C although I'm thinking of going Drop C# for a little more clarity.

I'll try more open tunings once I get another guitar.
#38
Drop C and Standard.
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#40
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Standard is my go-to because unlike most of you nerds I actually music for a living.

Well, it is standard tuning for a reason. 

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Guitar/Bass:
Schecter: Damien 6/Stilletto Extreme 5, Squier: Bullet HSS*, Washburn RX10*/WG-587, Agile Septor 727
*mods

Amps/FX
Peavey: Vypyr 30/Max 112 (200W), ISP: Decimator

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