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#1
For example, let's suppose you like to play in D standard and drop C. Do you get by fine having one guitar setup with one set of gauges that plays well in both tunings? Or do you have two guitars, with one optimally set up for each tuning with different string gauges?

Sorry if that's confusing.
#2
My guitar for standard E has a floyd rose. So changing tunnings would be too much of a pain. But my other guitar I change from B to drop D. But I'd like to get another guitar so I can have one guitar setup for really low tunnings and the other for higher tunnings.
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Yep. I have a Schecter C-1 in E standard, while my RG is set to C#.
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#4
I use two guitars for 4 tunings.

I have my V in D standard, and also use it for drop C

I have my 7 in drop A, but also use it for B standard. Thank the lord for ZPS.
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#5
Aye.

My M-200 is in drop C#, my V-50 is in either drop C#, C standard, drop A# or drop B, and my Ibanez is in D# standard.

My main tuning is Drop C#, as you can see.
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#6
No. I have my Tele which has .9's and my LP which has .11's in E standard but I drop tune them every now and then to Drop D, Half-Step down and Drop C#
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#7
Most people don't, mostly because of the cost of having multiple quality guitars.

It is ideal to have a specific guitar designated and setup for an alternate tuning. If your guitar is setup for E standard, there is a good chance that your intonation will be F*cked in D standard.
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#8
Hehe...i have one guitar, for standard, drop d, drop c# drop c and drop b and the odd drop a....with 2 sets of strings 9's and 11's. The 11's can handle all those tunings with my edge III, the 9's i like for blues for the ease of bending.
#9
Not for drop tunings, its a bit pointless when you can go from standard to drop tuning in 3 seconds. (Unless you have a locking bridge/nut.)

I have a guitar in C# standard though.
#10
Well, I am mainly asking because I plan on playing in mainly D standard and Eb standard, but I will have 3 guitars total, so I'm trying to think of a good use for the third guitar and if having it in drop C would even be any better than just using my D standard guitar and dropping the sixth string when I want to play in drop C. Thoughts?


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Not for drop tunings, its a bit pointless when you can go from standard to drop tuning in 3 seconds. (Unless you have a locking bridge/nut.)

I have a guitar in C# standard though.


Well, two of my guitars (the ones I'm thinking of putting in D standard and drop C) are locked/FR bridges actually, but I plan on probably blocking the tremolo on one of them, so that technically should make tuning from D to drop C almost just as quick and easy as with a hardtail, right? Now I wonder if I even have a use for this third guitar!
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#11
I only got one guitar and it's in C Standard. I'm thinking of getting a Tele for E Standard.
#13
Even if you only really use two guitars, it's never bad to have a backup. My Ibanez is my backup. Even though it's in D# standard, if either of my LTD's failed me, I could block my Ibanez's trem and tune it to whatever. I've done this before.
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I have my RG for Drop C, D standard, and C# standard, and my GAX70 (which will hopefully be replaced with a PRS within the next year) for standard, drop D, and Eb standard.
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Well, I am mainly asking because I plan on playing in mainly D standard and Eb standard, but I will have 3 guitars total, so I'm trying to think of a good use for the third guitar and if having it in drop C would even be any better than just using my D standard guitar and dropping the sixth string when I want to play in drop C. Thoughts?


Well, two of my guitars (the ones I'm thinking of putting in D standard and drop C) are locked/FR bridges actually, but I plan on probably blocking the tremolo on one of them, so that technically should make tuning from D to drop C almost just as quick and easy as with a hardtail, right? Now I wonder if I even have a use for this third guitar!


As long as you leave the nut unlocked and do a good job blocking it.

If your only blocking it to get drop tunings maybe consider a D tuna.

http://www.dtuna.com/
#16
I had an Epiphone Explorer that I used for drop tunings. It was cool because I didn't have to constantly and drastically change tunings. I didn't have as much fret buzz on my guitars either since they all stay relatively close to what I have them set up for. Now that I don't use drop tunings or have as many guitars, I don't really have specific guitars for tuning.
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As long as you leave the nut unlocked and do a good job blocking it.

If your only blocking it to get drop tunings maybe consider a D tuna.

http://www.dtuna.com/


Would you still have to adjust the springs/truss rod with use of the D tuna?
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#18
I wouldn't get a D tuna, for something that I can so in less than a second. I think its a waste of money.
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I wouldn't get a D tuna, for something that I can so in less than a second. I think its a waste of money.


Well some people like to lock their tremolo systems. When you lock your trem, you cant tune the strings from the headstock without unclamping them. To do so would require allen keys and would probably take more than a second.
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#21
I use .12s for both my guitars, one of whom is in Standard and the other is in D Standard.
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#22
I play three tunings, e, eb, and drop d. I have three guitrs but I just pick up a random guitar and tune it to whatever I want since those tunings are so close o each other.
#23
Yep...its much easier that way; you can have the tuning, intonation, string gauges, etc. setup for each tuning.

My main guitar, an Ibanez SZ320 is setup for drop C/d standard, my RG is my main backup and is setup for drop d/e standard. flying v setup for C# standard/drop b, Agile baritone setup in b standard/drop a, 7-string in a standard/drop g, 8-string setup for f standard.
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Well some people like to lock their tremolo systems. When you lock your trem, you cant tune the strings from the headstock without unclamping them. To do so would require allen keys and would probably take more than a second.


Fine tuners. You can change from E to D with the fine tuners.
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#25
Yeah i have 3 guitars with locking trems though. All in standard atm but about the put 2 down to e flat i think due to starting a 80s rock style project with my friend. I have my schecter for alternate tunings.
#26
i have my Schecter for Drop C and below. then i have my Fender for E standard, drop D, and drop C# (very rarely).
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#27
As if drop tunings are the only alternative type of tuning.

But yeah, I can't stand changing tunings, setting the guitar up for it again, etc. I've got one guitar for Drop C#, one guitar for Drop D, one for Eb Standard, one in D Standard with a vibrato, one guitar in E Standard with a fixed bridge and one in E Standard with a vibrato bridge. That way I've got everything covered, more or less. Next up is going to be a seven string, a guitar in Eb Standard with a vibrato and another guitar in Drop C#.
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#28
I have my Luna tuned a half step down, on my eclipse I jump back and forth between standard and drop d, my ltd f-400fm is in standard, and so is my michael kelly patriot glory, my EC100 is tuned to drop C, my ltd ax2e is tuned b standard and my prs paul allender is still in standard but I haven't decided what I want to set it up for yet.
It's nice to be able to just grab a guitar, make sure it's tuned up and start playing no matter what tuning I'm playing. It's definitely more convenient if you're musical interest is all over the place.
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#30
My EC-1000 is always between Drop B and Drop C, my Strat changes all the time, and my SG is always between Drop C# and standard.
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#33
if you're only tuning one string down, then definalty one guitar. you can tune down to low tunings on one, but sometimes the strings take a little to settle, and then it just gets annoying. if you're gigging, then definatly 2 guitars.
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#34
One for C# standard and another for Standard and maybe drop D if I'm playing a cover.
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#35
I play in 2 tunings: Standard and New Standard (C-G-D-A-E-G), and I have different guitars for each.

For Standard, I have a:

For New Standard Tuning, I have a:

Saves me a lot of time tuning and minimizes wear on the strings themselves.
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I play in 2 tunings: Standard and New Standard (C-G-D-A-E-G), and I have different guitars for each.

For Standard, I have a:

For New Standard Tuning, I have a:

Saves me a lot of time tuning and minimizes wear on the strings themselves.

New Standard? is that some kinda new tuning the kids are using these days?
#37
I have one guitar for E and another for B (and whatever I capo up to). I’ve been thinking about getting another for D (ok, I really just need an excuse to get more guitars) although I’ll probably just wait for the update that’s coming to the Variax guitars and start using that to cover a lot of tunings without much messing around.
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New Standard? is that some kinda new tuning the kids are using these days?


Not really- it was invented (or rediscovered, depending on who you talk to) by Robert Fripp back in the 1970s, as I recall. It is the tuning he uses for 90%+ of his music, and is what he teaches in his Guitar Craft classes.
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#39
Eclipse II QM: Standard and drop D
Eclipse II: D and drop C
Horizon NT II: D# and drop C#
Dellinger: C# and drop B

None of them have locking trems. It's more of a string gauge/overall setup thing.
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#40
I have a Davison 7 string lefty which i keep in B standard so i use it for E standard and B
it has a Floyd do i do not change tunings as im happy with B enough.

and a Douglas Hollowbody. I use it for anything from E standard to C standard. Drop D to Double Drop B
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