Adjusting your guitar for alternate tunings?

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

  1. bahklava

    bahklava Senior Member

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    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

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    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

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    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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