Guitars sound better tuned down a half step

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  1. Failsafe306

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    It’s just a fact. VH, AIC, GnR, Load-era Metallica, etc.
     
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  3. Failsafe306

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    It just seems like Eb should be the norm.
     
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  4. Old Possum

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    Yeah, like taking off a pair of pants you bought that were a size smaller than they should be, relief at last.
     
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    ShredSquatch Conspiracy Experience Director & Stunt Guitarist Silver Supporting Member

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    Man I remember back when there was a guitar forum!

    (edit: this post was in The Pub)

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    I like Eb better and used it for years.
    These days tho, I tune standard for noodling time with recorded music.
     
  7. MCSS1970

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  8. ripgtr

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    I used to play with a guy who tuned to D. So, keep going.
     
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    Nah, darker not “Better”!
     
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  10. Bluzeboy

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    No, really they don’t.
     
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    I agree. But none of my band mates do.
     
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    It always seems to irritate the keyboard player.
     
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  13. Well Done

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    Actually tuned up a full step is far superior
     
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    Completely agree. My personal fav is Drop Db, but Eb is a close second. So many great albums written in that tuning.
     
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    Might as well first tune down to 432Hz...and then down to Eb...
    ...that way you get all that mythical stuff happening at one time. :)
     
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    I have one tuned down to Eb for playing Van Halen. I don't notice any difference until I hit the low E string open. What I do like however is the ease in string bending.
     
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    Clearly Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Joe Diorio, Jim Hall, Holdsworth, Carl Verheyen, Dann Huff, Ed Bickert etc... have it wrong.
     
  19. PickPlucker

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    I keep one guitar always tuned to Eb with a capo on it for standard.
     
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  20. Auditory Driving

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    Some guitars definitely do sound better when tuned down half a step. I keep all my gutars at Eb (and one at C# ). Plus, they are much easier and fund to play.

    The downside is that they are more prone to fret buzz and wolf notes because of the pickups magnetic pull (stratitis)
     
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