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#1
Just interested in seeing who uses what...

LP = usually std or drop D but drop C this morning
Es-339 = Drop C or other non std.
Charvel = std
Ibanez = 1 1/2 steps down
Strat = 1/2 step down
acoustic = std

-Chris
#3
All of my guitars are standard tuning.

If I need something else, I have three Variaxes that will do alternate tunings pretty much instantly, without changing the string tension from standard tuning.
#6
Currently, my electric axes are:

- Fernandes Ravelle Elite (H & H-Sustainer, Standard tuning)
- Fernandes Ravelle Goldtop (HH, Standard tuning)
- Reverend Flatroc 15th Anniv. Gold metal flake, #5 of 12 (mHH, Standard tuning)
- Reverend Roundhouse (HH, Standard tuning)
- Fret-King Super 60HB (HSS, Standard tuning)
- Malden Bad Karma (HH**, Standard tuning)
- Dean EVO Special Select (HH, Standard tuning)
- Dean Time Capsule Cadillac #10 of 100 (HHH, NST tuning)
- Jon Kammerer Solidbody w/trem (HH*, Standard tuning)
- Jon Kammerer Semihollow (HH*, Standard tuning)
- Jon Kammerer single-cut Hollowbody (SSS***, Standard tuning)
- Jon Kammerer double-cut Hollowbody (HH, NST tuning)
- Rock Beach Camelback III custom (HSS*, NST tuning)
Pending - custom built Rock Beach RB-T (H/P90*, NST tuning?)

Acoustic & Acoustic/Electric axes:

- Ovation Elite (NST)
- Jon Kammerer single-cut thinline (Standard tuning)
- Tacoma RoadKing (Standard)
- Yamaha Classical (Standard)
- Washburn AB-20 Fretless A/E bass (Standard tuning)

NST is New Standard Tuning: CGDAEG

I thinking hard about learning some DADGAD and Open G stuff, which will result in some of those guitars getting new tunings...and me getting some new guitars.


* coil-tapped

** individually coil-tapped

*** this one was one of his prototypes, so when purchased, had cheapo pickups that were for demo purposes only, and crapped out. They have been replaced with Lace Alumitones.
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Oct 30, 2013,
#7
My Eclipse is always a full-step down at D standard, with my ibbys being in standard 6/7 string tuning. I never really tune lower than D on 6 string guitars.

I don't like drop D or drop C tunings, as they limit chord structures using the sixth string. Power chords get old :P
Guitars:
ESP Eclipse II w/ SD Black Winters
Ibanez S540 w/ DiMarzios
Ibanez RG370DX w/ EMG 81/60
Ibanez RG7321 w/ DiMarzios
Pedals:
Fulltone FB-3
Crybaby Wah
Ibanez TS-9
Amps:
Peavey 6505+
#8
I have 2 working guitars & one which I've dismantled.

First is a Fender Stagemaster, which has the stock pickups replaced by Seymour Duncan Blackouts (read: Active pickups). This guitar is tuned to D standard.

Second is an Alvarez PE Custom, which is acoustic. This is tuned to standard.

The dismantled guitar is a Squire Bullet. (It's dismantled because the only decent thing about it is the neck, lol.) For a while, before I dismantled it, I tuned it to D6/9 Open (DADF#BE).

I also am not a fan of Drop tunings. I use a lot of 3-string triads, such as sus2 or major/minor or partial 7th or partial add11 chords.

 
e-------
B-------
G---0---
D-4-2---
A-2-3-2-
E-0---4-
Esus2 G#m
Cmaj

...etc.
Last edited by crazysam23_Atax at Oct 30, 2013,
#9
My LTD is in E standard. Jackson is half-step down. Cort Z4 is D Standard and Cort 7 string is in B Standard. Every guitar is Drop tuned whenever needed but none are specifically set up for Drop tuning. Just quick in for practising few drop tuned songs and then right back to standard.

ESP LTD F-50 + Tonezone
Cort EVL-Z4 + X2N
Cort EVL-K47B

Marshall Valvestate 8100
Randall RG1503
Bugera 333
Peavey Rockmaster preamp

Line6 Pod X3
Last edited by MaaZeus at Oct 30, 2013,
#11
Quote by crazysam23_Atax
I have 2 working guitars & one which I've dismantled.

First is a Fender Stagemaster, which has the stock pickups replaced by Seymour Duncan Blackouts (read: Active pickups). This guitar is tuned to D standard.

Second is an Alvarez PE Custom, which is acoustic. This is tuned to standard.

The dismantled guitar is a Squire Bullet. (It's dismantled because the only decent thing about it is the neck, lol.) For a while, before I dismantled it, I tuned it to D6/9 Open (DADF#BE).

I also am not a fan of Drop tunings. I use a lot of 3-string triads, such as sus2 or major/minor or partial 7th or partial add11 chords.

 
e-------
B-------
G---0---
D-4-2---
A-2-3-2-
E-0---4-
Esus2 G#m
Cmaj

...etc.



sus2 triads are easier in drop tunings.

Instead of: 0 - 2 - 4 it becomes a 2 - 2 - 4, which are as easy as power chords. Fsus2 for example in your way takes far more of a stretch.

7th chords in drop are doable, but in standard you can use the thumb, and have your middle and ring finger free for added alterations (ala hendrix) or drop jazz chord voicings.

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#12
I keep the Baritone tuned B–B, everything else tuned to E. This way I can cover anything I need with tuning up or down half a step or with a capo.
#14
Quote by xxdarrenxx
sus2 triads are easier in drop tunings.

Instead of: 0 - 2 - 4 it becomes a 2 - 2 - 4, which are as easy as power chords. Fsus2 for example in your way takes far more of a stretch.

That's great. And I have no issue with Fsus2. For the record, I have thicker fingers, so you'd think I'd have issues stretching.

7th chords in drop are doable, but in standard you can use the thumb, and have your middle and ring finger free for added alterations (ala hendrix) or drop jazz chord voicings.

Again, that's great.


But frankly, it's very lazy to use drop tunings for ease of playing, imho. If I can't spend enough time to increase finger flexibility, then why am I even bothering with guitar? I also have an issue with bands using drop tunings because they want to sound heavy, can't write riffs that are heavy, and therefore take the lazy route of chugging their drop C string.


So, you know...just let me tune in D standard and leave it be, yeah?

Edit:
Also, you don't put a FR-equipped guitar in any drop tuning without a D-tuna. The standard FR systems aren't designed for drop tunings.
Last edited by crazysam23_Atax at Oct 31, 2013,
#15
1 Strat is in E standard, another 1/2 step down.

The Blacktop Strat is currently tuned to crap because the high e tuner stripped out. I normally tune it half-step down as well, but was considering changing it to Drop D since it doesn't get played much.


SG is tuned to C# standard.

Martin acoustic alternates between 1/2 step down and Open G.

12 string Fender acoustic stays in C# Standard.
#16
Strat: 1/2 step down. Stays this way as I use the tremolo.

Tele & Casino: 1/2 step down. If the song calls for it, I'll put them in open G (technically open G-flat as they are still a 1/2 step down). I'll then capo if I need open A.
#17
S7420 BEADGBE
RG1570 DGCFAD
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Ibanez: RGD2127Z
Ibanez: RG1527
Ibanez: RG1570
Ibanez: S7420
Ibanez: JS100
Dean: Razorback Cemetery Gates
Peavey: 6505+
Fractal Audio: Axe FX II mark 2
Mesa Boogie: Recto 4x12

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#18
Ibanez - Standard and drop D

Jackson - Eb

Squire - B, C and drop C.
#19
Fly - Standard
Solo-6 - Standard
Viking I - Standard
Ibanez - Standard or drop D
Classical - Standard
Acoustic - Full step down (D standard), Bb Open, Drop C, CFCFAD, or random experiments.
Fretless 7 string - Standard or Drop A
Plays:
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Parker Mojo Fly
Ibanez SZR 720
Tanglewood Evolution
LaPatrie Etude DEMO
'66 Hagstrom Viking I (customized)
SGR C-7 (defretted)
Agile Intrepid 828

Amp, Pedals:
Laney LV300
BOSS RC-20XL
Last edited by Fryer Mike at Oct 30, 2013,
#20
Tribute ASAT Special: Standard
MIJ Contemporary Strat: Eb Standard
Gibson SG Faded: D Standard
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#22
Ibanez RG2228: EBGDAEBE (Drop E)
Schecter Stiletto Custom-6: GDAEBE (Drop E)

Having that extra lower octave on both guitar and bass is a blessing. It adds so many possibilities for phrasing and sound in general.
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#23
Yamaha SG: Standard
Tokai USG118: C Standard
Yamaha SG 800
Tokai USG 118s
Hughes&Kettner Tube Meister
Jet City JCA12XS
Laney Cub 10
Electro Harmonix Big Muff pi (tone/wicker)
Boss CH-1 Super Chorus
Guild D 125 CE <3
#24
Ibanez RGT42: Standard
BC Rich Wave: Standard
BC Rich Beast NJ: Standard
Ibanez GRG 7221: A Standard
#25
Epiphone LP: Set up in E standard, but I've left it in E flat for a few months now, I sometimes drop down to drop C#. Will occasionally tune back up to E standard.

Godin Velocity (Strat-type): I always keep this in E standard.
Gear:
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Godin Velocity
Peavey Vypyr 15 Watt
AMT WH1 Japanese Girl Wah
Marshall BB-2 Boost/OD
Joyo JF-07 Classic Flanger
Joyo JF-37 Analog Chorus
#26
My Carvin is in C but it sounds really creepy with a dark amp like mine and a muddy neck pickup.
My Squier is in E and I'm fine with that.
#27
Peavey USA Predator - E Std
Epiphone Firebird VII - E Std / Drop D
Ibanez RG320QS - Drop D
Kramer Striker 100ST - D# Std
LTD EC-1000 - D Std / Drop C
Ibanez S420 - Drop C
LTD H-301 - C Std / Drop A#
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Ibanez RGA42E
Ibanez S420
LTD H-301
Ibanez RG520
Peavey Predator USA
Douglas Grendel 725
Line 6 Pod HD500X
#28
1963 Gibson SG - always standard tuning
Gibson SG Classic - standard and sometimes open A
Gibson SG Standard LTD edition - standard tuning
Parker Fly Classic - standard tuning
MIM Strat 70's re-issue - standard tuning and sometimes drop C
Epiphone g1275 - both necks always standard tuning.

Takamine jumbo 6 string - standard, open A and some others on occasions.
Takamine jumbo 12 string - always standard tuning.
#29
Ibanez RG2228A: F A# D# G# C# F# A# D# (half step down)

Grassroots GHR65RF: C G C F A D
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#31
Has anyone tuned above standard? I tuned one of my guitars to G standard with 11-52. Right now one of my guitars is in E Standard. My 12 string and other six string acoustic is in D standard.
Last edited by Dan477 at Nov 1, 2013,
#33
Ibanez RG350: Standard E
Ibanez Gax30: Drop C or CGCEGD
Ibanez RG827 7 String: B Standard or Drop A, rarely Drop G#
Epiphone Les Paul Custom: Standard E, 1/2 step down, Drop D or Drop C#
Yamaha Acoustic: Standard E or 1/2 step down

I think i use too many tunings :/
#34
Quote by sl1pk0t001
Ibanez RG350: Standard E
Ibanez Gax30: Drop C or CGCEGD
Ibanez RG827 7 String: B Standard or Drop A, rarely Drop G#
Epiphone Les Paul Custom: Standard E, 1/2 step down, Drop D or Drop C#
Yamaha Acoustic: Standard E or 1/2 step down

I think i use too many tunings :/


Nope, you just don't have enough guitars for them all.
Spin 'round carousel when your horse isn't screwed in.

My band:
Fractured Instinct
(For fans of Death/Groove/Prog Metal)

Ibanez RGA42E
Ibanez S420
LTD H-301
Ibanez RG520
Peavey Predator USA
Douglas Grendel 725
Line 6 Pod HD500X
#35
Quote by Offworld92
Nope, you just don't have enough guitars for them all.

My thoughts exactly!
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Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#36
Jackson DK2M (white): Standard
Jackson DK2M (black): Drop D
Epi LP Custom: Whatever tuning I feel like, currently in standard
Stagg strat copy: Ditto.

My next maple-fretboard'd, Floyd'd Jackson is going in e flat.
#37
I only have one guitar now since I sold my LP to fund a new cab. (Yes, I'm flat broke -- can't get anything new unless I sell something old (please buy my Dimarzio D-Sonic...I only need about $50 more, lol)).

That guitar is a Schecter Blackjack ATX-V1. It has a Floyd but I blocked it both ways. I didn't use the Floyd much and didn't like the way the bridge would move when I picked hard/galloped/chugged. I couldn't riff as tightly.

Anyway, I run a set of Ernie Ball "Not Even Slinkys" (.12 -.56 I believe) with a custom .59 string for the low E. It's tuned to C# Standard pretty much all the time. I set my Floyd's fine tuner so that it's in Standard when screwed in all the way, but can be quickly tuned to Drop-B if I back out the adjuster.

That said, I don't use drop tunings very often at all. While I do play power chords quite often, they don't sound as good to me in drop tunings. For some reason, there is a difference -- I think it has something to do with the fact that in drop-tunings you're barring the top three strings instead of fingering them individually, and that changes the tonality. Plus, I also use a lot of inverted power chords and big barre chords all the time. About the only time I used drop-B is for playing pure death metal -- I find that it opens up some really dissonant scales for tremelo picking and very quick chord progressions.

Otherwise, I can sound just as brutal with standard tuning. Eventually, I'll get another guitar and tune it to D Standard/Eb Standard. I like the way a slightly higher tuning responds and resonates for certain stuff. I grew up on old-school thrash and it just doesn't sound as good when tuned down too low.
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#38
My les paul - E standard / drop D
My strat - E standard / drop D

But I have plans to build a fender strat from scratch (E standard), so my current strat (squier) will be in C standard
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#40
My Jackson Tele copy: E
My Ibanez RG421: Eb
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