Guitars sound better tuned down a half step

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  1. bisticles

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    I tuned down to Eb a few weeks ago for a Van Halen tune and forgot about it.
    Picked up my guitar a couple days ago and couldn't get over how much better everything sounded. I've since adjusted my tuner pedal to Eb by default. Dig it.
     
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  2. bloozeman1

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    Ive been tuning down a half step for years as it helps me with my voice much better and to be honest it doesnt make my fingers hurt as much after a long night of playing or playing 2 or 3 night runs. I'm just now starting to tune my acoustic down a whole step for my solo stuff and it seems to be working pretty good for bends etc..
     
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  3. TheMemoryEstate

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    Started writing in Eb about a year ago, don’t think I’ll be going back to standard tuning anytime soon.
    Don’t really have any issues with standard tuning, Eb just sounds better to me.
     
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    Horn guys love it though
     
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    One of the songs I recently wrote has an opening lick that uses open strings for a small portion of it, and it's much easier to play when tuned to 430 rather than A440.
     
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    Siamese Dream was standard

    Mellon Collie was Eb

    Therefore, you're incorrect
     
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    Wussies. Dropping to Gb is what real men do.
     
  10. mtmartin71

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    So you guys tuning down to Eb...you're using the same gauge of string you do in standard? I've got two guitars in Eb. One is a Les Paul and has 11s on it. The other is a Tele Cabronita and has 10.5s on it. I try to make all of my guitars feel the same in terms of tension on the bends. The Les Paul really sounds good though a half step down. I've got Dimarzio 36ths Annis and use 50s wiring and the cut and tone is spot on. Took me a while to get to there. I had a set of Slash pickups that were great too but I got rid of them and the replacement set I got down the road just didn't sound the same. The Dimarzios hit the spot though.

    The thing that's a PITA for me is because I do different strings, that does make moving a guitar back and forth in tuning more of a pain.
     
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  11. Failsafe306

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    Nope! They both have their place. As long as its a half step down of course.
     
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    Yeah, pressing that button to change their tuning is a hardship for them.
     
  13. Failsafe306

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    I use 10’s on my standard tuned guitar, 11’s on my Eb guitar. My band all plays in standard, but I love to riff out at home tuned down.
     
  14. Failsafe306

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    My guitars are set up fine. I like the overall sound half step down.
     
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  15. flyonthewall150

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    I've tuned to Eb for years and love it. Occasionally I'll come up with a chord progression or riff that sounds better in standard, but it's rare. I have all my guitars set up and intonated specifically for Eb and they all play great.
     
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    Is there some sort of prize for stupid threads I don’t know about?
     
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    Haha!
     
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    I used to use different strings for that half-step difference, but really it's just not that big of deal. If I'm tuning further down than a 1/2 step I might go to higher string gauge. I always think about Iommi playing those monster riffs in C# with 8's and figure I should be able to manage Eb with 9's. It takes a bit more precision than playing with heavier gauges.

    Back to the OP, I don't know about the sound. I'm good either way. I've played most of my life in Eb because it fits most singers better. There are always high notes that are just a bit too strained in E and it seems like that 1/2 step just sets better in a lot of people's range.
     

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