Just thought some other folks who tune below standard might have some tips and advice they've discovered. The other question is, why do you tune down, and why the particular tuning you use? I started tuning down at first because I wanted to emulate the sound of the really heavy metal bands I was into when I first started playing. Bands like Entombed, Crowbar, and Cathedral. I settled on C# because one of my old singers liked it. I use Les Pauls and an SG tuned to C#. (lo -> hi) C# F# B E G# C# Having a good tech set the guitar up properly was the first helpful thing I learned. Should be a no-brainer right? But its funny how easy it is to overlook some of the most obvious things. Discovering Snake Oil strings was another plus. I use Dean's L-Jazz Rock sets, and get him to switch out the wound 3rd with a plain .022.