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Tuning at Eb a la SRV: What is your opinion?
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Have you restrung your guitar to play a half-step down?
Yes, I went to a heavier gage string
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Yes, I tried it but went back to normal tuning
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No, I hate fads
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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

About a year ago I started using 10's.
I had always used D'Addario 9-42's

When that bulk buy from Sam Ash came along I bought a box of 9's and 10's.
I think I only have one guitar in the Gibson 24 3/4" scale.
Everything else I have is the 25 1/2" scale.

On the strats, the 10's are a little harder to bend but on the fixed bridge guitars I don't really have a problem.

They are stiffer but I find the tone a bit better.

I usually tune to the 440A scale but occasionally tune the low E to a D.
That's about it.

As far as a singing scale, there is always the capo.

The problem with going with the bigger gauges, you have to file your nut slots bigger which is a pain.
I did run a file through the nut on all the ones that I changed to 10's just so they wouldn't bind in the slot.

Just a matter of personal preference and I don't care if somebody uses telephone poles for strings.
If that's what they like, that's fine with me.
Just don't ask me to play it. Laughing

The other problem is you have to adjust your intonation anytime you change gauges and sometimes even if you change brands there needs to be a bit of a adjustment.
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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use 9s, 10s, and 11s, depending on the guitar. Every person's different, and if people can get a great sound with thicker strings or different tunings, more power to them!
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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use 9's and 10's too. Tune down if the song was originally tuned down. For my original stuff....always A440.
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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Travst wrote:
I use 9s, 10s, and 11s, depending on the guitar. Every person's different, and if people can get a great sound with thicker strings or different tunings, more power to them!


+1.

I string different guitars up differently depending on their use. I use 11's on a strat that I keep tuned down a half step. My main playa, a strat, is equipt with 10's. I have a PRS Custom 24 with a wide thin neck and low action that I play with 9's and have a Charvel that I occasionally use a drop D tuning and string with hybrids (9-46). I dont think tuning down a half step is a fad. I like it for blues stuff... a bit darker and dirtier. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll tune in e-flat just so it gives me an excuse to play in "f" with the rest of the band in normal E. Just for spite... lol

haven't done that in a long time though.
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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use 11's and 12's on pretty much everything with steel strings.
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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, everyone is different.

I use 1.14 mm picks and have a hard pick attack , my fretting hand is also strong.
Its not something I TRY to do. Its just the way I play.
And to accommodate for this I have to use heavier strings or a Strat with 10's will sound like a cheap ukulele.
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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That must be why I use hybrid 9's... wimpy hands, but I do what I can!
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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah...not a fad, and absolutely essential (along with dropping the low E another full step, making I guess a drop C#) when playing "Unchained".

Love the way that sounds. Never actually thought about changing guages, though.
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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Houndog wrote:
It's not a fad, and SRV didn't invent it.


Wasn't it Hendrix that started it?
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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got an 8 string Taylor Baritone. Eb would be a piece of cake on this thing. It is tuned in B-B.
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guitars wrote:
I just got an 8 string Taylor Baritone. Eb would be a piece of cake on this thing. It is tuned in B-B.


Bill how do you like it? It seems like a hell of an idea and I'd love to play one!
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So far I love it. The third and fourth strings are paired with an octive string like a twelve string. The top two strings are tuned low enough to play a bass line while strumming or finger picking on the lower strings.

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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guitars wrote:
So far I love it. The third and fourth strings are paired with an octive string like a twelve string. The top two string are tuned low enough to play a bass line while strumming or finger picking on the lower strings.


Absolutely. I get Taylor's quarterly magazine and they keep raving about it (of course) in every issue. I have to go try one out sometime, honestly its a brilliant idea.
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saturday I saw David Lindley play in So. Pasadena. He had a slough of acoustic guitars. He played several that were dight-string tenor types. Very much a lot of fun.
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