Why down tune the guitar like Jake does?

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Why down tune the guitar like Jake does?

Postby dillivered » Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:45 am

A.) better crunch?
B.) Vocalist range? (not likely)
C.) Lower String tension?
D.) What the !

I hate having to leave standard tuning, but I think I must on 1 guitar!

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Re: Why down tune the guitar like Jake does?

Postby sytharnia » Fri Apr 08, 2011 12:08 am

I'm like you and really don't like tuning down......

I think it is partly for vocal range and partly because people think it sounds heavier...which I say BS, just listen to dimmu borgir "puritan" for proof, that's in E and is the heaviest thing known to man :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Having said that I have just written a song in drop D (mainly because the riff I write needed the open D string sound and it just sounded better with the E tuned down)...i'm so ashamed :wink:

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Re: Why down tune the guitar like Jake does?

Postby Shemp » Sat Apr 09, 2011 4:10 am

Most bands tune down ahalf step live for the singer. I have one guitar that stays tuned down a half step. It does make it eaiser to play and bend stings. As for as a more heavy sound, as most guitarist insist, it's really not that noticable. I have been playing a half step down a lot latetly and I must say I really like the the lower sting tention.

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Re: Why down tune the guitar like Jake does?

Postby dillivered » Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:28 am

I wondered about that - I know there is a big difference in string tension between my flying v and my strat!

I think I like 25.5" scale apart from the higher tension, but I'm used to it...

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Re: Why down tune the guitar like Jake does?

Postby dave1021 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:48 am

We do it for a couple of reasons.
1. I play in a cover band. It helps the singer get through 36 songa a night.
2. We play tune that were written in "E" , "Eb", and "D". Not to mention Drop "D" and drop "C". Since I don't own 20 guitars ( nor would I take more than 3 to a gig ) to my ears "Eb" is a happy medium of the different tunings.
3. I like the feel of the strings at "Eb" 9-46 half step down \m/

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Re: Why down tune the guitar like Jake does?

Postby Shemp » Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:09 am

I have a d-tuna on my EVH Wolfgang. that is really cool. I heard that the older ones didn't work very well. This new one I have had no problems with it.

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Re: Why down tune the guitar like Jake does?

Postby macheted01 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:28 pm

We play a 1/2 step down, mainly for the vocalist. Alot of bands do this. You listen to there studio recordings and they are in standard and then listen to there live recordings and they are a half step down.

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