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ChrisHolmes
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#1
I recently joined a cover band. As we continue to add songs to our set list, I'm discovering that more and more music we want to do requires odd tunings. I'm rapidly running out of guitars to handle all of these tunings.

I'm wondering how many guitars folks are gigging with, especially those of you who are covering more contemporary rock (which seems to be where the bulk of the odd tunings is coming from).

-Chris
Sonicxlover
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#2
I usually just take one, seeing as most are one or two song sets. For larger gigs I would bring one plus a backup.
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bobeatsbob
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#3
2-3, Depends on where i'm playing though. Use my main guitar most but use a tele for open g tunings, a strat's used as a back up for both myself and the other guitarist.
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#4
Two acoustics for me, I don't usually play songs that require distortion. A Takamine EF360SC and a crappy Yamaha backup.
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#6
1) Epiphone Les Paul. E standard, tune to drop D when necessary on stage. EMG in the bridge. used for stoner rock/sludge songs

2) Dean ML. E standard, tune to drop D when necessary on stage. Seymour Duncan SH-13 in bridge. used for high destortion songs
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thebroken
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#7
I usually only take my American Deluxe Strat. But I don't gig often, and my other guitars just don't compare to my strat. Oh, and I don't use many tunings.
Ventor
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#8
I have 2 and take 2. I have a 6-string and a 7 string.
I use the 7 string when i need to solo on the 7th string, if not i use my 6 string, which plays better overall
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#9
i have two, partly for different sounds (though it isn't a problem really for me using either one for any song) but also in case of broken strings. i play hard.
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Symmetry4321
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#11
I only bring one cos i only have one atm, but if i had the option i would have 3 guitars
One in Standard (drop d when neccesary)
One in eb (Drop C# when neccesary)
One in Standard D (Drop C when neccesary)
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#12
I keep my Les Paul custom in E standard, and my Carvin Bolt-T in E Flat. But it's frustrating as we have less songs in E Flat and I like my Carvin more, plus we cover Would?, which is in E Flat and uses the trem. Hopefully this will be solved after summer, once I build myself another guitar.
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#13
The one and only time I brought one guitar to a gig, I broke a string. Go figure. If that happens when you have two guitars, I try to get a buddy in the audience who knows what he/she is doing to restring the other guitar. Works like a charm.
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#14
I only use one guitar, my Epiphone. Our setlist is mainly standard, but the last three/four songs are drop D. I just retune real quick!
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#16
I only take an acoustic and an electric. I've been pretty lucky with string breakages; the only time I've broken a string was on our last song before we took a break, so I had time to restring during the break
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#17
Three.

Ibanez RG7321: 7-string Standard-D
Stealth: Standard-E or Drop-D, Eb
Ibanez RG321: Standard C# or drop B
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axemanchris
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#18
Usually two. Never less if I can help it.

One = main axe.
Second = drop-D; can quickly be tuned back up to E if I bust a string. Or I refret everthing using the drop-D tuning for the rest of the song if need be, and then retune.

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#19
My ideal would be atleast 3.
A standard/drop D tuned Gibson LP
A standard tuned Fender Telecaster
and A drop C tuned heavy sounding guitar. Probably another Gibson LP or an ESP eclipse.
and probably add an acoustic just in case!


But as i don't have the money for all of that, i'ld stick to the one guitar i've got and keep away from drop C tunings!
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#20
I've got three guitars that I use:

1) Gibson SG, tuned 1/2 step down.
2) Dean Vendetta with Seymour Duncan pickups installed, tuned to Drop D.
3) Schecter C-7, tuned standard (BEADGBE).

Then our bassist has three basses:

1) Ibanez something or other, four string, passive pickups, in Drop D.
2) Another Ibanez thing, four string, active pickups, tuned 1/2 step down.
3) He uses my OLP MusicMan 5-string, tuned standard (BEADG).

We don't do Drop-C or Drop-B songs - that's what we have the 7-string and 5-string for.

Tomaz24
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#21
I use my American Deluxe Strat and then usually bring a Vintage VRS100 for backup. I would take my Squire Seven String because, being a strat, it suits my band's style better, but it's really damn heavy.
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#23
PRS 513 Rosewood
Ibanez RG321MH (with EMGs and Edge Zero)
Gretsch White Falcon
Ibanez RG1520G
PRS Paul Allender Signature

I use the gretsch and 513 for solo performances and my blues band, and everything else for my metal band.
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#24
Halo 8 in standard sometimes with a dropped D if i need it
Ibby 7 stays in standard as that is what majority of our material is in.
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#25
I have 3: I use my 1/2 step down mostly because my band is like Guns N Roses.

- Gibson LP Goldtop Standard - 1/2 Step Down (Seymour Duncan APH-1 Alnico II Pros)

- Gibson SG Ebony Standard - Standard (This guitar was my new gift from my cousin Sam)

- Fender Red Standard Stratocaster - Drop "D"
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#26
I take five:

Acoustic
12-String Acoustic
Telecaster in Standard
SG, whole step down.
Squier in Standard, backup.

They all fit in easy to the car and aren't really trouble to take so why not be prepared?
JagStang5246
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#27
I have two. We only play in D Standard, but the squire is a back up to my Ibanez. I want to eliminate the squire from the whole thing though. It just isn't gig ready. the ibanez will become my back up once I get another (Nicer) guitar. Hopefully a jackson or LTD. Oh yea.
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#28
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6 String - C Standard - Carvin DC400 - Majority of our songs.
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axemanchris
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#29
It's funny how everyone is making sure we all know what guitars they have - manufacturer, model, colour....

Just a funny observation. haha

CT
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#30
I bring one. Fuck alternate tunings!
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#31
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I bring one. Fuck alternate tunings!


... and if I break a string, I just tough it out for the whole rest of the gig.

CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

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JLT73
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#32
I bring 2
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-Ibanez "lawsuit" Les Paul
-Ibanez S470
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#35
Main axe (epi LP) tuned E standard / Drop D.
2nd guitar (harmony) tuned drop C for SOAD mostly, though one or two origionals use it.

I don't play rough or use a trem, so I don't have much string breakage problems. The only one I run into is the high E on my epi...and I've taken care to learn how to play all parts that would be affected if that breaks some other way, so I can finish a song if it breaks. Then I can just use the Harmony and play the rest of that, if I can't borrow an axe from someone else.
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#36
Well if i play in my soul band: Telecaster is Main
SG is backup
When in rock band: SG
Telecaster is backup
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#37
One guitar, because I'm known for my rants, so I can do one of them and tune at the same time.
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#38
We bring 3 guitars for two guitarists, and one bass for me. Each guitarist has their main guitar, and we throw my Tele in with everything else in case either of them needs a backup. We have a few songs in Drop D that they retune while I entertain the crowd. I'll be installing a hipshot on my bass soon, so I can spend more time talking and BSing while they retune.
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#39
usually 5--our sets are usually 1 hourish and we have a bunch of tunes in different tunings. Well keep the same guitar for eb to drop db or standard to drop d tho.
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#40
Quote by axemanchris
It's funny how everyone is making sure we all know what guitars they have - manufacturer, model, colour....

Just a funny observation. haha

CT

Yeah, I noticed that too, but it's interesting.
Some people have different guitars to get different sounds or they have them set up for different tunings, but some have more than one guitar just so that they have a spare, and what interests me is what some people take as a spare. Quite often it will be something totaly different from their main guitar, like Jack_hertz92 for example with his Telecaster and SG.
But it's also interesting to see what people are choosing as spare guitars that although they are completely different makes and models, would sound very similar to their main guitar.