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Favorite Guitar for Alternate tunings?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by radiohead625, May 17, 2011.

  1. radiohead625

    radiohead625 Member

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    What's your favorite? Im thinking about getting a cheaper guitar to start tackling some of my favorite bands alternatively tuned songs. Bands like Soundgarden, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Qotsa(technically just tuned down 2 steps), and some shoegaze. What guitars do you think sound the best for different tunings?
     
  2. supa-fuzz

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    I would go with a Gibson SG with P-90's. Fat enough for BRMC, but ballsy enought for Soundgarden/QOTSA
     
  3. radiohead625

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    Holy Crap... you pretty much read my mind. I was actually thinking a les paul Jr. or SG with p-90. NICE!:omg
     
  4. supa-fuzz

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    I actually play a Les Paul Junior tuned to open F and then capo wherever I need to be, but I figured a SG might be more versatile.
     
  5. snarkle

    snarkle Silver Supporting Member

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    I've been enjoying my Flaxwood Custom CC for DADGAD...the thing rings like an acoustic. Tonally it's kind of old-school, with a Charlie Christian-inspired neck pickup and a P-90 in the bridge, but Flaxwood makes a few more rock-oriented models as well.

    Not cheap new, but generally a bargain on the used market, if you can find one. People don't really know about these yet.
     
  6. simplecomplexity

    simplecomplexity Senior Member

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    unless the tuning requires a specialised guitar, i think any guitar will do...

    so for eg, if u tune to a baritone-like tuning, use a baritone guitar..
    if u change from STD to DADGAD, a normal guitar would do. no need for the extended scale etc etc
     
  7. Simto

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    My brother's Danelectro Dano '59 or my sister's Gretsch duo jet. They both sound amazing in DADGAD.
     
  8. radiohead625

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    Stealing from your family i see lol.
     
  9. grungebob

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    personally I'd tend to go for a guitar with the longest scale length just to keep the strings taught like Fender scale 25.5 , not that it cant be done but down tuning on a les paul always feels too loose to me.
     
  10. straycat113

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    An acoustic is where I really enjoy playing in alternate tunings, I think any electric can handle the job of most tunings.
     
  11. Simto

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    It's ok, it bought them for their birthdays :)

    I forgot to mention, when it comes to stuff like 2 steps down and just a heavier tone. My DG-335 sounds insane. When you play songs like QOTSA or Soundgarden, you need a big badass, you know?
    I play differently on every guitar i have, and when you need to play some badass music the guitar needs to feel the part too, even if it's tuned down to C
     
  12. Hulakatt

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    I use an LP jr for dadgad or open D. The p90 sounds killer with a slide too
     
  13. mad dog

    mad dog Silver Supporting Member

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    For open tunings, my two favorites are:

    - Early 90s G&L ASAT Classic tele
    - Late 90s Dearmond M-75T

    The Dearmond is a real gem among budget guitars. Might take a bit of setup to get it right, but worth the trouble. The "Digsby" is stiff but precise, very effective, and the 2k single coil p/us look Dynasonic, but tonally are just as much in the P-90 camp. With slide, this sounds more like a lap steel.
    MD
     
  14. kenneth

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    I would prefer a fixed bridge guitar like an SG or a tele. Makes changes and setup easier.

    I supposed a trem guitar would work, but it would make it much easier if the bridge was blocked, so it was note floating.
     
  15. dspellman

    dspellman Senior Member

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    Variax. You can switch to an alternate tuning and back to concert tuning instantly. Alternate tunings are done via pitch replacement, and it does a really good job at it, while leaving the strings at standard pitch. The REALLY good thing about this is that you can do bends and vibratos, even on alternate tunings that would turn the strings either into cheese slicers or really floppy.
     
  16. Selsaral

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    I just use another strat, so that it feels and plays identically to my main guitar.
     
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    Another Variax vote here.
     
  18. radiohead625

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    im thinking a 25.5" scale les paul jr or SG with p-90s would be perfect. Wonder if there's anything like that.
     
  19. SteveO

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    Telecaster with the low E removed.















    Sorry, SOMEBODY had to say it....
     
  20. CubanB

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    EVH Wolfgang Special?

    Stainless steel frets, nice neck.. 25.5 scale.. A dive only Floyd Rose and a D Tuna. Versatile rock pickups..
     

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