djmay71
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ok, so my band has decided that for all of our original stuff we're planning on using mostly drop C tuning. my only problem is i'll be getting a 7 string guitar soon enough and i was just wondering how you'd tune up a 7 string for a drop C sound. thanks UG
Kingyem0c0re
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It'd probably be ACGCFAd or GCGCFAd I think?
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djmay71
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so the added 7th string would be tuned to either A or G? thanks.
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It would be GCGCFAD (bottom to top).

Otherwise, you could go Devin Townsend style and tune it in Open C with a low G on the bottom; that is, GCGCGCE.
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You could go to Drop G. GCGCFAD
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djmay71
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Quote by webbtje
It would be GCGCFAD (bottom to top).

Otherwise, you could go Devin Townsend style and tune it in Open C with a low G on the bottom; that is, GCGCGCE.

so now your saying you tune it either way to G?
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Honest answer?

Stick with 6 strings - I can just tell you're going to confuse the hell out of yourself with a 7.

The whole point of a 7 string is that you don't need to drop tune becasue you've already got the lower notes, the low B is already a half step lower. If you're going to play in drop C plus a low G then there's no point getting one because you're not making any practical use of the extra string. If you need to play retards powerchords you can drop the low B to an A if you have to, but you're completely missing the point of a 7 string.

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webbtje
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Quote by djmay71
so now your saying you tune it either way to G?


Yup. Tuning it to A would be silly to be honest, intervals would be messed up... this is coming from a guy who plays in an open tuning for metal.

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Stick with 6 strings - I can just tell you're going to confuse the hell out of yourself with a 7.


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Quote by steven seagull
Honest answer?

Stick with 6 strings - I can just tell you're going to confuse the hell out of yourself with a 7.

The whole point of a 7 string is that you don't need to drop tune becasue you've already got the lower notes, the low B is already a half step lower. If you're going to play in drop C plus a low G then there's no point getting one because you're not making any practical use of the extra string. If you need to play retards powerchords you can drop the low B to an A if you have to, but you're completely missing the point of a 7 string.

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#10
i was going to say

"if you're dead set on a 7 string, use standard tuning and capo the first fret for C standard tuning"
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zomg you dont have too 'cause it goes lower than a C tuned 6 string, or what z4twenny said.
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Quote by z4twenny
i was going to say

"if you're dead set on a 7 string, use standard tuning and capo the first fret for C standard tuning"


I would've said Drop A, and capo 3... Most people like Drop X for easy power chords more than lower notes.
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I would've said Drop A, and capo 3... Most people like Drop X for easy power chords more than lower notes.


Most people who actually know how to play guitar do it because it opens up new intervals.
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Quote by webbtje
Most people who actually know how to play guitar do it because it opens up new intervals.


ie. Not metalcore people.

Opeth uses them awesomely.
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How could you forget Devin Townsend (well, open tunings) and Nile?

Shame on you, sir! *glare*

Made even worse when I took a look at your avatar
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Quote by webbtje
Most people who actually know how to play guitar do it because it opens up new intervals.


And with him thinking there is such thing as a "drop C" sound, I have made the assumption that he wouldn't know much about how to use it other than for powerchords.
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Quote by webbtje
How could you forget Devin Townsend (well, open tunings) and Nile?

Shame on you, sir! *glare*

Made even worse when I took a look at your avatar


OPEN TUNING =/= DROP TUNING!!!

Nile's awesome though. Just not this.
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#20
The four-finger diminished thingy rules!

And I play in Open C half a step down, soooooooooo yeah.
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Is it that you want the low B string to be a C and then the rest of the strings confuse you?


I think that would Fxck up the tension on his high e... Or he could go an octave down and piss off the bassist.
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#24
You could tune also the low B-string up to C...yes the same note as the E-string.
Which means: CCGCFAD-Tuning.

Gives you the possibility to play doubled single note riffs, I did something like this on a six string once when I attempted an DDDAAD-tuning for the fun of it.
Actually I think Wes Borland does tune his guitar similar...with the same note twice on the low strings.
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Quote by LiquidSkies
You could tune also the low B-string up to C...yes the same note as the E-string.
Which means: CCGCFAD-Tuning.

Gives you the possibility to play doubled single note riffs, I did something like this on a six string once when I attempted an DDDAAD-tuning for the fun of it.
Actually I think Wes Borland does tune his guitar similar...with the same note twice on the low strings.


For seconds, thirds and unisons?

To me it doesn't seem particularly useful.
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#26
I thought Drop D flat Was Drop G on a seven string?
I know thats what mike from staind uses.

Eb
Bb
Gb
Db
Ab
Db
G#

am i right?
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#27
Friends in the tuning ACGCFAD will be
D|- D|-
A|- A|-
F|- F|-
C|-5 C|-5
G|-5 Or:G|-5
C|-5 C|-5
A|-3 A|-5?