#1
I really like the tone, but am afraid to try out XD.
Has anyone done or heard this before?
#2
Depends on how your guitar is set up and what gauge of strings you use. I have friends that use other tunings that tune the high e up to a. But they use thinner strings as a result of it.
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I use .9 gauge strings


It's going to be possible but a lot of people find that with a string that thin at such high tension they tend to get quite fragile; more prone to breaking than under 'normal' use. If you try it and find that you really like the way it works for you then I would suggest going to http://octave4plus.com/ and getting yourself some more specialist strings.

Personally I think you're probably going to want at least an 8 for tuning up like that.
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#5
I can say from experience that a .012 will break when tuned up to G.

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#6
In my experience, a .010 on a Strat will often break when tuned to G, but .010 on a Les Paul won't necessarily. What's your scale length?
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#8
take the info from a 12 string guitar...the HIGH G is usually at .08...and even then you sometimes get a pack that the high G .08 breaks...you could always down tune half a step just to be safe and use a .08. Most of the time on my 12 string the .08 string safely gets to G but i've had some pop.
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Depends on how your guitar is set up and what gauge of strings you use. I have friends that use other tunings that tune the high e up to a. But they use thinner strings as a result of it.


High E to A?? Is that even possible? What gauge are they using? How often do they change strings? every hour?
#10
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High E to A?? Is that even possible? What gauge are they using? How often do they change strings? every hour?


Depends how you do it and how you play. Most of the people who use higher tunings than normal either use shorter scale instruments (for a while Marshall Harrison used a 3/4 size Conklin 7 string tuned E-A) or obscenely thin strings (a 0.0059 is the smallest I've seen on Octave4plus.com). I don't think the kind of people who would do this bend a huge amount or pick particularly hard either, I know Harrison definitely doesn't.

It's also worth noting, though, that most people who have tuned higher haven't done it for long. Harrison doesn't use the Conklin much any more that I can see, Chris Letchford from Scale The Summit used to use a high G for his stuff but doesn't any more, Steve Vai tried it for a while and moved to the low B, Fred Brum has tried and doesn't like it, Rusty Cooley still does but his custom fanned fret guitars have a 23.5" scale for the high string and he's tuned down half a step.

Basically, either you have to go the whole hog and do it hard or not bother.
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#11
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I really like the tone, but am afraid to try out XD.
Has anyone done or heard this before?


I do something like that on the Variax, but on the Variax guitars the string tension doesn't actually change. They use pitch replacement technology. The good news is that you get to bend! I've been trying out some tunings that actually stretch the 6 strings on the Variax into about the same range as an 8-string, by tuning the top three up and the bottom three down. Odd to play, and an interesting sound.
#12
I don't think tuning a step and half up would make it snap. Only extreme tightening of the string will make it snap if you're silly enough to do such a thing.