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#1
This has probably been done before but I can't sleep and I'm listening to Megadeth's new album.

Megadeth always uses standard tuning (except youthanasia) I think and yet they remain heavy as hell. A lot of bands these days tune down real low just to be heavy. Like Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray) said he dosen't like tuning down because if he wants to sound darker, he does it by his playing. Probably by using Phrygian modes and tritones........

So just wondering what you guys and girls thoughts are on guitar tunings. Which ones do you like to use and why?
#2
I like to use standard tuning because with my floyd rose I can't tune down :P
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#3
I was thinking almost this exact same thing earlier when was walking my dog.
I only used standard at the moment because I hate tuning down because of the flop all of my guitars get, even with 13s for some reason.
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#4
i tune down for my vocal range, plus i like the deeper sound even on my acoustic
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#5
drop c tuning for me. i write a lot of piano stuff and you can play a whole c major scale on the white keys ^_^


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#6
i play in c standard and drop c. i just like the sound of it as apposed to standard

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#10
I have guitars in E, Eb, and D standard. I don´t use any other tunings other than the occassional drop D which I just tune my E standard guitars down for.
#11
it depends of how you play each tuning but ill give you a run down of them all

E (standard) and half step down are good for quick thrashy styles.

Drop D is a very versitile tuning, with a good alround sound. Can be anywhere from melodic to thrashy. My personal favourite (trivium, some lamb of god, three days grace)

D is good for a standard tuning or half step down style, but with a heavier sound (pantera)

Drop C, Drop C# and C are good for quick metalcore styles and hardcore styles. Generaly played in a quick and heavy but still fairly melodic style ( bullet for my valentine, all that remains, disturbed)

Drop B (technically C#, but commnoly known as Drop B)is a very agressive sound and deep for breakdowns. Played quite quick and agressively (slipknot, parkway drive, august burns red, bring me the horizon)

Drop A, Drop A#, A#, A and G# are used sometimes in melodic death metal, some deathcore and more commonly in death metal bands. These bands usualy play very quick and violent sounding (in flames, cannible corpse)

hope it helps
#12
I absolutely love Eb and Standard, drop d ocassionally and drop c is ok too. Anything lower sounds mush to me.
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it depends of how you play each tuning but ill give you a run down of them all

E (standard) and half step down are good for quick thrashy styles.

Drop D is a very versitile tuning, with a good alround sound. Can be anywhere from melodic to thrashy. My personal favourite (trivium, some lamb of god, three days grace)

D is good for a standard tuning or half step down style, but with a heavier sound (pantera)

Drop C, Drop C# and C are good for quick metalcore styles and hardcore styles. Generaly played in a quick and heavy but still fairly melodic style ( bullet for my valentine, all that remains, disturbed)

Drop B (technically C#, but commnoly known as Drop B)is a very agressive sound and deep for breakdowns. Played quite quick and agressively (slipknot, parkway drive, august burns red, bring me the horizon)

Drop A, Drop A#, A#, A and G# are used sometimes in melodic death metal, some deathcore and more commonly in death metal bands. These bands usualy play very quick and violent sounding (in flames, cannible corpse)

hope it helps


Thank you for writing that out. I think you have misunderstood the question though. I was asking what tunings YOU use and why you like them.
#16
Most of my songs are indrop C. They sound bet in that tuning, but my favorite tunings has to be C standard and drop B
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#17
E standard, Eb standard, and D standard. Occasionally drop D and drop C.
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#18
Just standard. I just don't like tuning down, I think that you should be able to play anything you want in standard, and if not, it's just a matter of playing around until you can. Just my opinion though, and not really applicable to most people.
#19
Drop D, Standard, Or Drop C for me. Just depends on the sound im trying to get, sometimes drop A#
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yea not to mention i use about 75% of those anyway :P i like/play every type of metal except techno-metal (lame) and mathcore (simply because i cant :P)
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I only used standard at the moment because I hate tuning down because of the flop all of my guitars get, even with 13s for some reason.


Why is this? I've got 12's in dropped b and their pretty saggy.. Or is it normal? Just when people say use heavy strings i assumed they'd be reasonably tight.. What to do?
#22
D standard is my favourite
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#23
I use 2 for my regular playing.
Standard (it's plenty heavy for me) and Open C, it's essentially drop C on the first 3 strings so riffs and whatnot never really get compromised, but with the top 3 strings being different you can get some gready melodies, solos, ifferent arpeggios etc.

But for slide I use Open D and Open G mainly.

Never really into drop tuning, the closest I ever get is drop D, but I don't like playing in that for regular playing, only if a song calls for it.
#24
I use drop Bb normally or B, just for the beef and br00talness haha, nah its onyl because of style of music - if I played in E it wouldn't sound right :/
#26
C# standard all the way, it's low but not insanely low and you're able to play songs for 7-strings with just dropping the E-string to B. I think that standard sounds weak somehow, I like a bass-heavy crunchy sound but I'm not tuning down to get a "dark and evil" sound at all. It just feels right to play in C# standard.
#27
I almost always play in Eb or drop Db, on my seven I play in Bb, drop Db with an added low Ab or drop Ab.
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#29
its usually standard or A standard for me
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#30
Standard, Eb, drop d and sometimes C#
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#31
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I like to use standard tuning because with my floyd rose I don't know how to tune down :P



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#33
I think anything below B standard is just retarded. You don't need it THAT low.
I don't go below B standard unless i'm playing a cover.
I only use standard for my acoustic songs
Half step down for my fast thrash/death metal
And B standard for my doom and melodic death metal.
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Quote by 08L1V10N
I like to use standard tuning because with my floyd rose I can't tune down :P


You can, you just gotta learn how. It's easy.

And I myself use Eb and Drop C.
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#35
I like E standard, Eb standard, D Standard, C# Standard, Drop D, Drop C, and Drop B. Oh, and B standard on a 7 stringer. They all have their uses.
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#36
My electrics stay in E standard, occasionally drop D, mainly for Muse riffs haha.

My acoustic swings back and forth between E and D standard, mainly to get songs into my vocal range. I'll often leave it in D then capo the 2nd fret if I need E.
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#37
I have a guitar tuned A A E Ab A (and it did have another A in there, but the high e string snapped). It's good for discordant droney stuff where you wank around on the Ab, but fret first fret of the Ab, and it's A5. Fret 3rd fret of an A and it's A minor, go one more and it's A major.

So yeh. Cool tuning.

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#38
I don't care much for drop tunings.

I use E or Eb depending on what I'm playing.

Anything lower sounds like crap with my cheap guitar (not to mention the stings are too light).

I do like the sound of C standard though.
#39
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I like to use standard tuning because with my floyd rose I can't tune down :P


Why not?
#40
E standard

Drop C#

Those are my favorite two. Drop C# is my favorite drop tuning. I love that tuning.
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