#1
Alrighty, I've been asked to help out on a raw black metal project; fun fun! However, I have just been informed that they want 'A' tuning...holy macaroni!! I have -always- used D, how does one go about this?

Call me paranoid, but will this do any damage to my guitar's neck with strings that slack? I currently have Earnie Ball strings with the pink on the packet...

(In case you couldn't tell, I -seriously- lack technical knowledge when it comes to guitaring.)

Thanks in advance, Ultimate-Guitarists!
#2
wow they sound cool


you're gonna want thicker strings and to get your guitar set up for a low tuning like that...
that is if you're really serious about it.

drop A would be like drop D only down 5 half steps... and it would be more if they're talking about A standard, haha
#3
hm...if i didn't know any better, i would just either put the lowest 6 strings (from a set of 7 strings) & put them on.

If not, then that's what baritone guitars are for.
#4
Quote by Mortiroth
Alrighty, I've been asked to help out on a raw black metal project; fun fun! However, I have just been informed that they want 'A' tuning...holy macaroni!! I have -always- used D, how does one go about this?

Call me paranoid, but will this do any damage to my guitar's neck with strings that slack? I currently have Earnie Ball strings with the pink on the packet...

(In case you couldn't tell, I -seriously- lack technical knowledge when it comes to guitaring.)

Thanks in advance, Ultimate-Guitarists!



Why would you tune to A for Black Metal?
#5
well you will DEFINETLY be needing some much thicker strings, those ernie balls won't even be good for D standard

maybe try and get a set with a low .56 or .58

if you're gonna be playing long term in this tuning, take your guitar to a shop and get it totally set up for it
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#6
you have 9s on your guitar now, they aren't going to stand up to anything lower than drop D.

You need to get higher gauge strings on it, probably 12s. It might not do that much damage if you put the strings on, tune them to A, when you are done take them off put your regular strings on into standard.

But I cant stress this enough, DO NOT PUT YOUR GUITAR IN STANDARD TUNING WITH THOSE LARGE STRINGS, thats how you will really screw up your neck.
#7
i keep my guitar in eaither drop C or C standard, and I only use earnie balls. pretty sure its the yellow pack. they sound amazing.
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Why would you tune to A for Black Metal?


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#9
My acoustic is in A....


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#10
just play in drop B

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Get a seven string.
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#13
Cheers for all of your advice!!

I definitely -won't- be tuning to A with my current strings then, I may just request I play in D... I don't want to start risking my guitar's neck and shiz like that!

I'll let you all know how it goes; thanks again! (Someone said a Yellow Earnie Ball pack would be good, I'll check 'em out!)
#14
Quote by Mortiroth
Cheers for all of your advice!!

I definitely -won't- be tuning to A with my current strings then, I may just request I play in D... I don't want to start risking my guitar's neck and shiz like that!

I'll let you all know how it goes; thanks again! (Someone said a Yellow Earnie Ball pack would be good, I'll check 'em out!)

they have a green pack which is 13's probably even better, or a good 7 string pack, but dont use the lowest strings, take out the middle d or else you might be too thick
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they have a green pack which is 13's probably even better, or a good 7 string pack, but dont use the lowest strings, take out the middle d or else you might be too thick


the green pack are 12's.
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#18
If you get thick enough strings, then the tension on the neck would be similar to when your guitar is set up the way it is now, and you wouldn't need to worry about F-ing the neck.
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#20
i dont have much technical knowledge either, so id just go talk to a guitar tech at my local music store , but why would they want to play in drop A or A for black metal?
#21
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...Call me paranoid, but will this do any damage to my guitar's neck with strings that slack?
It could but having been in this situation recently, this is what I would do...

Calculate the overall tension on the neck as it is using this, then using the same guide, select an appropriate set of strings (as to create just about the same overall tension as the current setup) for the tuning you'll require.

Picking strings this way, you should be able to get away without adjusting the truss rod, but you will have to intonate the guitar.

When you're ready to go back to your normal tuning, use your typical choice of strings. You'll have to intonate again, but you shouldn't have to adjust anything else.
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#22
I'd use 12's for Drop A, 13's for Standard A.
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#23
I think your question is fairly well answered, but I'm still going to laugh when it comes out that they're tuning to open A
#24
Use drop C# with .13's or play in drop B
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#25
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Cheers for all of your advice!!

I definitely -won't- be tuning to A with my current strings then, I may just request I play in D... I don't want to start risking my guitar's neck and shiz like that!

I'll let you all know how it goes; thanks again! (Someone said a Yellow Earnie Ball pack would be good, I'll check 'em out!)


just tell your mates that loads of black metal bands play in E standard, pretty sure alot of dimmu borgir was in E, black metal's not about sounding uber heavy anyway, just evil and fast and grinding. Drop A is more for death metal type stuff.
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