Adjusting your guitar for alternate tunings?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by bahklava, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. bahklava

    bahklava Senior Member

    Nov 27, 2011
    I've just returned to the US after half a year toiling away in Honduras. My roommate there, Dan, happens to have been an experienced live guitarist/bassist; when he heard of my plan to keep two guitars, one assigned to standard and one to DAFDAD tuning, he told me that I should probably make adjustments to keep the DAFDAD tuning from ruining the neck.

    I now submit this issue to TGP: what adjustments should I make to protect the neck? I have a Fender Strat (standard model) that I plan on kicking down to DAFDAD.

    (For that matter, I'm also thinking of knocking my Epiphone Les Paul down to double-drop tuning; I like my capos a lot).
  2. catpeople

    catpeople Senior Member

    Nov 25, 2010
    It's not about protecting the neck. Your neck can handle a lot of things, including that tuning. Just get the neck and saddles adjusted so the guitar is playable and you're good to go.
  3. boppstar

    boppstar Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ
    Necks can adjust to a variety of tensions without issue - I think that getting the guitar setup and intonated in your alternate tuning is more important!

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