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Old 2007-06-02, 22:22
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What Is The Lowest Tuning...

What is the lowest tuning possible without your guitar sounding like a fart.

personally I have taken a liking to Drop A.

but I was wondering how much lower I can go without it sounding like crap, also, how thick of strings will I need to use? Im currently in Drop A with very light gauge d'addario strings.

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Old 2007-06-02, 23:36
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I play Drop A as in AEADGB with 13 17 26 36 46 64 anfor ADGCFA I use 14 18 28 38 50 64 and for the lowest tunning still sounding good that I have played was DROP F withsome fatty 17 26 36 46 56 70 like an eight string without the two highest strings. I still love B standard the best for its low tight sound with the right strings of course.
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Old 2007-06-03, 00:47
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What is the lowest tuning possible without your guitar sounding like a fart.

personally I have taken a liking to Drop A.

but I was wondering how much lower I can go without it sounding like crap, also, how thick of strings will I need to use? Im currently in Drop A with very light gauge d'addario strings.

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How the hell are you playing in Drop A with very light gauge strings? Don't the strings flop around and buzz like crazy?
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Old 2007-06-03, 00:49
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The strings are harder to play because they drag with the pick, but not too buzzy or anything.
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Old 2007-06-03, 00:50
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I was thinking about trying out G and F, but I would definatly need thicker strings before attempting.
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Old 2007-06-03, 03:48
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Gorguts use G on some songs, but I don't think I'd ever go that low just to learn those songs. Lowest I go is drop A on 6 strings, and my 7 nearly always stays in A#.
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Old 2007-06-03, 08:23
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Usually Im in either A or B on my 6 string with 12-70 strings. Ive gone down to F and E though when I tried some Meshuggah stuff, sounded rather muddy, especially chord stuff.
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......Sigh what a moronic question try it yourself......
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Old 2007-06-03, 14:43
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if you would have actually read it you would have realised that I want to know before going out and buying thick strings.
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Old 2007-06-03, 15:14
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If you feel comfortable playing in Drop A with light gauge strings, you should be comfortable playing in E (1 octave lower) with like 13-56 or 14-60s.
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Old 2007-06-03, 16:13
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Gorguts use G on some songs, but I don't think I'd ever go that low just to learn those songs. Lowest I go is drop A on 6 strings, and my 7 nearly always stays in A#.


Really Gorguts used G? On which songs? I know Luc just picked up a 7 string Ibanez S series.
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Old 2007-06-03, 16:13
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Oh and try F standard. Maniac Killer tunes to it. That is fucking HEAVY. No clue what string gauge. Maybe 60.

I use 13-56 for A standard.
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Old 2007-06-03, 17:32
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I was thinking about maybe E.

being as how it's a full octave lower, which basicly makes it pure fuckin evil.

edit: (not as related, so PM me if you can, but for some reason when I play in drop A for a decent amount of time like maybe 10 minutes, my ears pop and i yawn alot... can anyone tell me why? maybe I just react to the sound frequency oddly)

edit2: i cant physicly tune this thin string below g# so before I try anything I am required to get thicker strings.

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Old 2007-06-03, 17:58
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Personally, pass B tuning sounds like crap, Nile have good music but one of the baddest sounds i ever heard (AEADGB)

For your question: there is lower tune than A or G, but it will be fucking useless and it wont sounds very good.

Use big strings, stay nothing lower than A, is my advice to you
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Old 2007-06-03, 19:14
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eh, quite frankly I dont like nile, so i dont care about thier tuning, even though that is the tuning that I recently have become familiar to.

I prolly need some medium guae strings though, these are'nt ment for this tuning at all.
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Old 2007-06-03, 19:57
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the only reason drop tuning will sound shitty is if you have thin strings and/or an amp that cant handle it. Example: marshalls are not very good for heavy downtuning; oranges, matamps, and ampeg (v-4's specifically) are due to their ability to handle low frequencies.

Now, to tune below A and still prevent shitty sound caused by loose strings, you'll need an extended scale guitar (baritone), and some heavy/tight ass strings. It is very possible, you just have to be smart about it.

Pickups are also a very huge question in the matter. The simple fact is that low gain pickups do not handle low frequencies very well. To actually capture the low notes clearly, you'll need some fuckin heavy pickups, we're talking s-duncan invaders, dimarzio x2n's, or most preferably lundgrens and BareKnuckle Warpigs.

Wood also comes into question because of its resonant frequency... but i havent tried any woods with a tuning below C, so i wouldnt know.

As far as im concerned, you can make any tuning sound good with the right guitar, and a y-box and plugging into both a guitar and a bass amp... or maybe just a thunderverb.
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Old 2007-06-04, 00:06
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It really just depends on what you are playing. I use A for my DooM project but wouldn't really use it for anything else. I play it on an Ibanez RG (Strings: 13-56) run through a yorkville bass amp with DOD Death Metal distortion pedal sounds fucking heavy. We are talking Mortician-Chainsaw Dissmemberment guitar tone. Since I am using it through a bass amp it doesn't mush up at all.

It just really depends. Most people can't belive that I use Light N' Heavy strings 10-52 for B,E,A,D,F#,B.

Just realize that with lower tunning you need to figure out which amp sounds best with it and maybe look into some EQ pedals.
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I think any lower than A sounds pretty shit. I don't see the reason in tuning down though to be honest... there is no real reason to need to go below standard E.
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I think any lower than A sounds pretty shit. I don't see the reason in tuning down though to be honest... there is no real reason to need to go below standard E.


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Old 2007-06-04, 01:25
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I think any lower than A sounds pretty shit. I don't see the reason in tuning down though to be honest... there is no real reason to need to go below standard E.



I fucking agree with ya! Personally, what is better than a real good and clean sound!

It not depends of what you play. How many death metal bands are in E tuning. The best bands are in E tho!
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