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    what tuning do you play in?

    What tuning do you play in most often and any particular reason?
    I play in standard E (Most my favourite songs are in E and I like to challenge myself to play new things without changing tuning much)
    I have to have perfect intonation so I never really change tuning either so I have convinced myself I NEED another PRS for drop-c. Maybe I have spent too much time on here
    Never really been into open tunings but I am dying to get my hands on an SE7 for more range

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    most of the time I spend in "standard" tunning. depending on the gig, half step low, some songs Drop D. my baritone, is a guitar that I only use to make textures when I am recording, so this one I use lots of different tunnings.

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    The band I just left uses E flat drop D tuning. I never had any problems with my Stripped 58 or my CU22 in this tuning. I was using 10-46 D'Addarios. I am getting them back to normal tuning now and went back to GHS Boomers 10-46. It's kinda weird going back to standard after 2 years of playing tuned down...

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    I have my CU24 tuned a whole step down to DGCFAD. I also play it in Drop C as well. I'm using 11-52's. I find that string gauge feels like 10's in standard tuning. I like to play a lot of metal and this tuning just works! I had a Strat and a Les Paul for standard tuning but I sold them a few months ago. After only owning one guitar for the last several months I've decided that I need a guitar for both a whole step down and standard tuning. New CU24 incoming as of yesterday! Pics whenever I get it!

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    Standard tuning.

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    About 80% standard, then Eb tuning for SRV type stuff and a small percentage Eb drop D. That Db bass note is killer.
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    A 440

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    100% Drop D for the powerful sound of D power chord and easy changing of power chords in general.

    Quote Originally Posted by slowro View Post
    I am dying to get my hands on an SE7 for more range
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowro View Post
    I play in standard E (Most my favourite songs are in E and I like to challenge myself to play new things without changing tuning much)
    I have to have perfect intonation so I never really change tuning either
    Man, that is me exactly! I do like alt tunings on acoustic a lot though.

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    CGCFAC mostly for my bands stuff.
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    Our 40-something voices require half-step down in order to hit the harmonies. Couple of songs open G (open Gb actually I guess) for the couple of stones songs that we do.

    At home, I always tune standard in case I want to play along with something while I'm figuring it out. I never change setup - too lazy to setup some guitars for half-step down - and am always surprised at how I never notice any issues with intonation. I don't like a low setup, so maybe that has something to do with it....

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    Standard E tuning. If the key changes, I just transpose in my head and play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albrecht Smuten View Post
    100% Drop D for the powerful sound of D power chord and easy changing of power chords in general.



    Me too
    Will this become Drop-A on the SE7? \m/

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    WE tune half step low to help our vocals. We also do a few songs in dropD. I keep my schecter C1 plus in a440 to play along with stuff im learning at home.

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    Nothing like my DGT with those 11 ga. strings, tuned down a 1/2 step.

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    The band I'm in now is all in E standard.
    We may be adding Kashmir to the setlist so I'll need to drag around another guitar for the DADGAD tuning.

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    For the songs I write/with my band, play in drop C, D standard, or drop D. Occasionally, I have gone to drop B, or drop B flat while writing out some songs.
    I stick with standard tuning whenever I did any of my jazz stuff, be it small group or when I was in ensemble.

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    Standard tuning 99% of the time. But Drop D and Double Drop D for some acoustic stuff, and Double Drop D for "Cinnamon Girl"...


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    D - Standard / DADGAD half a step down / EABEBE
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    Db Ab Db Gb Bb Eb for all the band stuff, thinking of going for drop C soon for our new material.
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