tony iommi tuned 1 and 1/2 steps down for most songs right (i his black sabbath time)
actually the paranoid album was tuned up 6 semi tones
tuned up? wouldn't the strings break?
not if they are light gauge strings, 9s or 10s wont and/or havent broke. i havent tried with a thicker gauge string. ive heard of a few other guitarists who have, tuned up half a step. im not really sure if tony iommi's tuning on paranoid was intentional or what but none the less, its 6 semi tones up than your normal 440 tuning
Tony Iommi's earlier tunings were never intentional. In fact, in the demo tapes, you could hear him go out of tune WHILE he was playing. It was actually kind of funny, but he still knew just out to make it sound amazing. A lot of the time, though, he used dropped tunings to make it easier on his fingertips (The fake ones, because he lost the real ones in the sheet metal accident).
he used 8s as well
Tony Iommi pretty much always uses 8s. He tuned to C# on Master of Reality onwards.