November 26 2007 12:45 AM
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.