#1
do I have this right? 24 frets, tuning down a whole step, and putting a capo on the 2nd fret would give you standard tuning with effectively 22 frets, although at a lower string tension? you could even offset the tension by putting on heavier strings? any long term problems with that? would it sound strange for any reason? sounds like an easy setup for drop tuning the whole guitar.
#2
Nope, should have no problems as long as your guitar is intonated properly
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#4
all it would do is give you 22 frets to play instead so if you really need the extra octave dont do it
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why would you do that though?
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#7
if you're gonna take off the capo as well to play, than seems fine. i experimented with it as well...
#8
I'm guessing you want to play a gig or something in drop d and in standard tuning..in which case you can just put the capo on and off instead of retuning. That would be the only sensible time to do that...wouldn't bother doing it all the time, would be pointless.

The sound will be different, and probably the sustain because the capo won't give the same sound or string resonance as the nut normally does...
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do I have this right? 24 frets, tuning down a whole step, and putting a capo on the 2nd fret would give you standard tuning with effectively 22 frets, although at a lower string tension? you could even offset the tension by putting on heavier strings? any long term problems with that? would it sound strange for any reason? sounds like an easy setup for drop tuning the whole guitar.


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I'm guessing you want to play a gig or something in drop d and in standard tuning..in which case you can just put the capo on and off instead of retuning. That would be the only sensible time to do that...wouldn't bother doing it all the time, would be pointless.

The sound will be different, and probably the sustain because the capo won't give the same sound or string resonance as the nut normally does...


first off, he's not tuning to drop d, he's tuning a whole step down

drop d = DADGBE
whole step down = DGCFAD (if im not mistaken)

and secondly when the capo pushes down on the strings it pushes them down onto the fret, so the strings ring off from the fret not the capo itself, i doubt the sustain or resonance would be affected at all.
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first off, he's not tuning to drop d, he's tuning a whole step down

drop d = DADGBE
whole step down = DGCFAD (if im not mistaken)

and secondly when the capo pushes down on the strings it pushes them down onto the fret, so the strings ring off from the fret not the capo itself, i doubt the sustain or resonance would be affected at all.


Yea, didn't really think about the drop d thing...I know what I meant ^_^ just didn't say it. I'm not stupid...really.. ...just a bit tired, sorry.

The frets don't give the same tone/sound as the nut though on a lot of guitars, and the sustain is more likely to be affected because you are shortening the amount of string that is vibrating, which will reduce the sustain I think.
#12
I play along w/ MP3's on my computer quite a bit, and quite a few metallica songs that I like are lowered a 1/2 or whole step. I get along fine w/ my 22 fret guitar, so getting a new guitar w/ 24 would let me drop tunings a 1/2 or whole step very quickly by just (re)moving the capo. Sounds pretty useful for something w/ a locking tremolo.

I agree, sustain may be affected but since its just me in the apartment for now... no big deal. My other option is to find a program to alter the MP3 file (or its playback) to raise it up to standard E tuning.

thanks to everyone for your comments.
#13
I always find the 23 and 24 fret always useful, without those 2 frets, I feel handicapped. I like the 2 frets, hmph.
#16
i reckon that sounds like a good idea for floyd rose users, tune it to D then with the capo you can get D, Eb and E tunings or higher if youre crazy
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