#1
regarding tuning to lower steps - my band always plays in Eb, which I think is easier to play in, sounds better, and is a lot easier on our singer - so my question: is there any real disadvantages to playing in Eb or even lower?
#3
Not really, just play with a higher guage string set or it'll get too slack and sound muddy.

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#6
Alice in Chains plays in Eb.

It's better for a lot of reasons, just make sure you play with at the very least .10's, .11's are better.
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Not really, but it can sound a bit messy if you go too low. Most bands play in eb btw


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#8
Iv'e noticed that most of the bands in my area who tune to D or lower (slackening all the strings) sound realy muddy and you can't realy hear any real "Music". My freind likes Slipknot and the same applies to them, you can't realy hear what's going on, if you see what I mean.
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Not really, but it can sound a bit messy if you go too low. Most bands play in eb btw


Most bands hey? Thats an innacurate statement in my opinion

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#10
No, I don't think there are any disadvantages to down tuning, especially only a half step.
#11
I only know a handful of bands that tune in Eb... Rise Against, Motorhead, Guns N Roses, Aiden... more but a lot more bands just use standard tuning.

Drop tuning below C generally doesn't sound too good in my opinion, but yeah... strings make a difference though.
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#12
I love Eb tuning, makes your open chords sound just...i don't know...better.
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#13
I prefer B-standard or Drop-A on my 7-string
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#14
Theres nothing wrong with downtuning as long as you get higher guage strings, i can use 11-50's in D, C# and Drop C just fine. Managed B flat once as well.
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Theres nothing wrong with downtuning as long as you get higher guage strings, i can use 11-50's in D, C# and Drop C just fine. Managed B flat once as well.


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#16
For B flat yeah, but i was just pissing around when i did that. Drop C isnt very loose at all, but maybe i prefer looser strings.
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#17
I have my dean in Eb standard or Drop C sharp (like drop D, but down a bit :P ) and my ibanez in standard

only problems I've had is jamming with other people who cant tune down with you cus of a locking trem, and my dad trying to tune it back up by ear, and ****ing it up >_>
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#18
downtuning can be really good, just get your guitar adjusted for it and put on some thicker strings if you're going down really low. I don't see much point in going below B standard on a 6, and tuning a 7 string any lower than G would be really muddy in my mind unless you're Meshuggah. Eb should be no problem whatsoever though.