#1
This was influenced by a thread I saw the other day about alternate tunings and basically the question im asking is:

Is it reasonable to have multiple guitars for the purpose of keeping them in different tunings?

I have an ibanez S prestige in standard and an old Yamaha Pacifica in drop C. I didn't buy my Ibanez for the sole purpose of having it in a different tuning, I bought it because I wanted a better guitar. However because of the floyd rose I then put my old guitar in drop C to save me time tuning and retuning all the time.

Do people buy guitars for the sole purpose of tuning conveniance?

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#2
Some people do, but I don't because I don't have the money.
Touring artists do that alot.
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#3
If you have the money, do it!
You will need higher gauge strings for lower tunings like Drop C and D Standard.
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#4
i have a few different electrics and some acoustics in different tunings. i didn't intend that when i bought them but it's just sort of turned out that way as i've found which ones i like for different styles
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#6
new guitars depend on several things: necessity - tunings, quality. Aesthetics - look, tone; Ability - how much money you have, whether you are good enough to warrant spending money on more guitars.
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#8
My crappy Peavey is pretty much my drop-tuning guitar. But I occasionally change the tuning of the low B on my seven-string to A. I also got a Squier Bullet which I'm turning into a project guitar, and I'm gonna be keeping that for a couple of very song-specific tunings (like C G D G B E, D A D F A E or C G C G C E).
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#9
I do, my electric is always either in Standard, Eb Standard, or DADGAD

my 6 string acoustic is either in standard, open D, or DADGAD

and my 1 string always stays in Open C
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#10
Yeah it's sort of turned out that way for me, i bought my Ibanez to tune easily as my Jackson has a floyd rose on it.
Squier Strat in standard, as it has the best acoutic sound for my guitar lesson.
Jackson in drop D because the warpig sounds dire in drop C or D standard, and i dont need to tune up for standard as thats what my squire is for.
Ibanez has 9's on it and use it for Drop C and D standard, as its easier just to change the low E than retune everything (like id have to on my Jackson)

In short, at first no but it is a really good idea, and if you have the money then by all means go for it.
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#11
Don't you have to fix your intonation to play in different tunings? I know you can just use the tuning knobs to tune up and down, but to have it truly in tune you would need to fix your intonation every time, which is way more difficult than just buying a different guitar to keep in one tuning.
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#12
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Don't you have to fix your intonation to play in different tunings? I know you can just use the tuning knobs to tune up and down, but to have it truly in tune you would need to fix your intonation every time, which is way more difficult than just buying a different guitar to keep in one tuning.


No, you can just tune down.
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#13
its pretty much conveniance for me...i keep my Warlock in standard, and my Ibanez in Drop C, so i dont have to retune it every time i wanted to play a song that has a different tuning, like i would have to if i only had one guitar
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#14
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I do, my electric is always either in Standard, Eb Standard, or DADGAD

my 6 string acoustic is either in standard, open D, or DADGAD

and my 1 string always stays in Open C


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