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kirkhammett09
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whats the lowest tuning a guitar can tune to until it just becomes too low? I'm usually in standard and don't want to down tune but I was just curious. The lowest I think I've seen is B standard. Any lower?
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i think there's drop A which korn have used if im right???
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ive tuned a 7 i had to g but it didn't sound that great. I think Chevelle tuned to a# before or maybe lower.
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the lowest i've heard any one go down to was g on a 7 string. But evidentally Y00p's heard drop E. That's insane. I can't even imagine how.. incoherent that must sound lol
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Drop E on a Six string like a full octave down from normal E
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Tune that low and then use an octave pedal to drop it 2 octaves below again

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On a 6-string, its just as low as possible until the sound produced by the strings becomes inaudible. It'll be different on every guitar, depending on the length, pickup height, string height and type of bridge. also the type of pickups and strings used.
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bass players who play with guitar players that tune down a full octave must use telephone wires for strings
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There are such things baritone guitars but i guess that's a whole different instrument (like bass is). It all depends on what size strings you have. The thicker the strings the lower you can go.
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Quote by kirkhammett09
whats the lowest tuning a guitar can tune to until it just becomes too low? I'm usually in standard and don't want to down tune but I was just curious. The lowest I think I've seen is B standard. Any lower?


the lowest you've 'seen' ? sorry just needed to commetn on that, but else: i like drop C and alternative tunings like type-o-negative uses, mostly for bass though.
It gives the base more purpose and a melancholic sounds sometimes
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bass players who play with guitar players that tune down a full octave must use telephone wires for strings

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Quote by distortion4116
bass players who play with guitar players that tune down a full octave must use telephone wires for strings



Seriously. THe equivalent of a low bass E must be like half an inch think.

The lowest I think a guitar should go is either C standard or drop C.
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Quote by distortion4116
bass players who play with guitar players that tune down a full octave must use telephone wires for strings


If a guitar tunes down to E, its producing the same note as a bass...since a bass is one octave lower than a 6 string...however, no guitar I've ever seen can make an audible sound a full octave down tuned.
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If a guitar tunes down to E, its producing the same note as a bass...since a bass is one octave lower than a 6 string...however, no guitar I've ever seen can make an audible sound a full octave down tuned.

yea, i know, i'm just saying the strings for the bass to tune that low and not flop all over the place when the bassist plays must be, as SG man forever said, a half inch thick or so.
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Well, if you change a string when plugged in, you get that 'flob 'flob 'flob' noise as the string gets really loose - does that count?


Or...grow up, and learn to master standard tuning before you start messing about with all that muddy drop-tuned stuff.
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Or...grow up, and learn to master standard tuning before you start messing about with all that muddy drop-tuned stuff.

lol yea.. i actually prefer standard. And honestly i've heard bands play in standard tuning and sound heavier than bands that play in drop-c, -b, -a, etcetera.
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I've heard of F# Standard on an 8 stringer....
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I once saw a guy at Bass Fest play a low G. It was billed as 3 octaves lower than anyone else has ever played.
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couldnt you just by a bass instead of droptuning a guitar that low?
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Quote by hellraiser1133
If a guitar tunes down to E, its producing the same note as a bass...since a bass is one octave lower than a 6 string...however, no guitar I've ever seen can make an audible sound a full octave down tuned.


Well, I can put my 6 string in drop A (I play Korn, don't have a 7), so a 7 could get to drop E
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I think that lower than B is ridiculous, I think E is the tuning for me, but yet again that's for me. I just don't like listeening to Octave D standard (A friend of mine uses this as his main tuning...)
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Quote by Slaytanic1993
I think that lower than B is ridiculous, I think E is the tuning for me, but yet again that's for me. I just don't like listeening to Octave D standard (A friend of mine uses this as his main tuning...)


Octave D? You mean like, 7 steps down?
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Yes, like a bass in D...horrid music this man makes.
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Static-X as of now uses Drop A on regular 6 strings.

It's the lowes I'VE heard of. But ive screwed around a bit and it can go really low until the amp doesn't respond, or the string flops around like shemale organ.

When I was screwing around on my 6th string peg I went a few octives too low and my amp didn't even give off any sound anymore.
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Z is the lowest :P
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Meshuggah wins this.

Drop E, on Stengah.

F# or F Standard on the rest... W/8 string guitars, of course.
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Yes, like a bass in D...horrid music this man makes.


.....how the **** do the strings stay attached?

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I like B-standard, like my 7-string. I go down to drop-A for some songs, even though it's a little bit too low. I would prefer A#
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Stormlord plays in A, think Nile does also
with 6 strings & still sounds good...but they use the 6th string at around .70
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The answer is simple... anyone heard of the Warwick Vampire Dark Lord Bass Guitar?... Its tune (from Low to high) F#, B, E, A... the F# is 23hz, most people wont be able to hear it due to damage to their hearing... also the F# string has a gauge of .175, now i got a 5 string bass, the lowest I tune is ADGCF (low to high) but my strings aren't too floppy if i put it down to GCFBE but the low G is useless then being my amp wont be able to play it.

Leave anything below drop-c to the bassists you guitarists ... though it isnt unheard of guitarists using the high G bass string as their top string and other thick strings and playing in tunings down to G-tuning.

If the strings go floppy, the guitar wont be worth listening to cause it will sound so naff.

The lower you tune the thincker the strings you will need... I think the Warwick dark lord strings prove this .175 - .85 !!!

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