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Eric Paradox

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November 26 2007 12:45 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
I have a shitty Harmony that I've downtuned to A, and I've been playing it every day for a month now with really no downsides whatsoever - I generally play sludge and occasionally crust and grind, but I find it works for nearly any genre of music I care to do. it gives a much more satisfying low end with power chords and I rarely have need of my top E (or at least not the upper portion) so I don't miss it. it doesn't go out of tune much, it doesn't sound flat and the neck is solid enough that I don't think it'll get warped from loose strings.

I'm still trying to decide whether to downtune my other, nicer guitar, and forsake standard tuning altogether... hah.
Mechanical Birds
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November 26 2007 3:20 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
i have a guitar that's always kept in open G#.
A sounds like korn any time i've ever tried to mess with it. you been jamming freak on a leash a lot lately, bromont?
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November 26 2007 4:28 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
electric wizard tunes to A, my old metal band did it as well and we played converge/alol type stuff
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November 26 2007 4:28 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
i like c, C#, and Eb
Otzi
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November 26 2007 12:13 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
I normally just tune down a half step, whatever that is called. Would that be Eb?
Hooligans United
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November 26 2007 12:43 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
I just tune the guitar to D its darker then plain E
jon.
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November 26 2007 12:45 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
lately i've been tuning to A.
hanszimmer
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November 26 2007 1:53 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
we play in b
outofmilk
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November 26 2007 11:21 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
I rarely play lower than a full step down. I've always liked how it sounds down 1/2 step.
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KT88
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November 26 2007 11:26 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
does anyone use dadgad? it makes for interesting shit
Nicholas Steinborn
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November 27 2007 12:36 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by:Riff.

does anyone use dadgad? it makes for interesting shit



Often. I love DADGAD.
Eric Paradox
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November 27 2007 12:57 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
I actually meant to say B, haha.

I think I'm gonna try A again, I am planning to mess with it anyway to play some old Carcass tunes. but seriously, almost anything I play just sounds more meaty a step lower. and I can turn almost anything into a D-beat tune too, we might do a crusty Leatherface cover of "Winning".
hanszimmer
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November 27 2007 1:00 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
i think we're planning on covering a dismember song. as well as sledgehammer, but our version.
Mechanical Birds
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November 27 2007 2:47 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
my band covered brother james by sonic youth without drums once lol. it ruled.
larry cockabea
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November 27 2007 3:13 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
CHUG CHUG
pahulkster
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November 27 2007 3:24 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Most of the time anything that low sounds shitty if you play anything faster than six beats a minute. I always plan in 440 or drop D, and can get whatever type of heaviness I need. My band used the same tunings and we were heavier than nearly every band we played with. Bands like Arch Enemy tune pretty low and sound good but it's not the most common thing.
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