Reply to this topicStart new topic
> Drop Tuning (a#?) (newbie)
AJRAD
post Jun 3 2008, 08:32 PM
Post #1


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 17
Joined: 30-May 08
From: Manchester, England
Member No.: 5.210



Right I've never drop tuned my guitar before.
I want to play some In Flames songs, and I saw that they're in a weird tuning:
A# F A# D# G C from thickest to thinnest

I have a few questions

1) Is this A# tuning?

2) Could it damage my guitar in any way?

3) I don't know what gauge strings I have, how do I find out?

btw I have an ESP LTD AX-50 if that changes anything

This post has been edited by AJRAD: Jun 3 2008, 08:33 PM
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Nick325
post Jun 3 2008, 08:40 PM
Post #2


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1.996
Joined: 24-July 07
From: Long Island, NY
Member No.: 2.387



1) im not so great at tunings i really only play in E and sometimes Drop D so let someone else answer it

2) no it cant damage your guitar

3) do you still have the package of the strings? or is it still the first set that came with guitar?

Note: if you have light string gauge your strings will be floppy when you downtune
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
rockztar
post Jun 3 2008, 08:40 PM
Post #3


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 314
Joined: 30-April 08
From: Heaven (Denmark)
Member No.: 5.012



1.Thinks its drop A# (WOW THats low)

2. if its set up right it should´t

3.would use a very heavy string gauge

hope im to help=)


--------------------
Guitars:
Gibson Les Paul Studio
PRS CE24 Amber
Yamaha C40

Amp:
Marshall dsl 401

Effect:
dd-6, cs-3, Emma ReezaFRATzitz - morley wah- rc-2

Guthrie Govan, Thomas blug, alex hutchings and many others

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Moon Boots
post Jun 3 2008, 08:41 PM
Post #4


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 209
Joined: 19-December 07
From: London
Member No.: 3.548



Assuming you don't have a floating bridge it should be fine, but your strings will be seriously loose if the guitars tuned that low.


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
AJRAD
post Jun 3 2008, 08:43 PM
Post #5


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 17
Joined: 30-May 08
From: Manchester, England
Member No.: 5.210



Yes they are the strings that came with the guitar and I don't know where to find out what gauge they are.

"If its set up right it shouldnt"... how do I know if it is? I've not messed with anything like truss rods.

I suppose I could see if they are the right sort of gauge by seeing if they're floppy when I downtune but I'm just scared of hurting my guitar :\

Oh and floating bridge I'm not sure.. what else could it be and how do I tell?

This post has been edited by AJRAD: Jun 3 2008, 08:44 PM
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
skennington
post Jun 3 2008, 08:46 PM
Post #6


Learning Roadie - Never Give Up - Moderator
Group Icon

Group: GMC Senior
Posts: 7.461
Joined: 25-November 07
From: Charlotte,NC USA
Member No.: 3.374



As others have said, yes Drop A tuning. You are basically on the bass stave at this point with a tuning that low. I recently went to Drop C for a few things and found with a .009 set of strings, they were pretty loose, still playable but I'd imagine at that tunning you would need to go to a heavier gauge.


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
rockztar
post Jun 3 2008, 08:49 PM
Post #7


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 314
Joined: 30-April 08
From: Heaven (Denmark)
Member No.: 5.012



QUOTE (AJRAD @ Jun 3 2008, 09:43 PM) *
Yes they are the strings that came with the guitar and I don't know where to find out what gauge they are.

"If its set up right it shouldnt"... how do I know if it is? I've not messed with anything like truss rods.

I suppose I could see if they are the right sort of gauge by seeing if they're floppy when I downtune but I'm just scared of hurting my guitar :\

Oh and floating bridge I'm not sure.. what else could it be and how do I tell?


I mean if for example you had a floating bridge, or something like that, you should adjust it to the tuning

EDIT spelling

This post has been edited by rockztar: Jun 3 2008, 08:49 PM


--------------------
Guitars:
Gibson Les Paul Studio
PRS CE24 Amber
Yamaha C40

Amp:
Marshall dsl 401

Effect:
dd-6, cs-3, Emma ReezaFRATzitz - morley wah- rc-2

Guthrie Govan, Thomas blug, alex hutchings and many others

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Nick325
post Jun 3 2008, 08:49 PM
Post #8


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1.996
Joined: 24-July 07
From: Long Island, NY
Member No.: 2.387



if you got another set with your guitar you can check on the packages it should say 9, 10, 11 etc
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
ZakkWylde
post Jun 3 2008, 08:53 PM
Post #9


Learning Tone Master
Group Icon

Group: MVC
Posts: 3.185
Joined: 22-June 07
From: Germany
Member No.: 2.164



This tuning is called drop A#. In Flames play mostly in C-standard tuning: C F A# D# G C. Sometimes they drop the low C another full step to A# (like from E standard to drop D). It can not damage your guitar but you may need to ajust the truss rod because there will be less tension for your strings. Gauges: 10-52 if you want to solo, 11-54 if you play rythm only.

Advice: The ldt -50 series have pretty weak humbuckers that can not deal with these low tunings very well, it might sound a bit fuzzy with your stock pickups.


--------------------


Gear:
- Jackson USA Select KV2 King V with EMG 81/85
- Gibson Les Paul Custom Arctic White with EMG 81/85
- Ibanez Rg 8527 J Custom 7-String with DiMarzio Evolution and Air Norton

- Peavey 6505+ head with Marshall 1960AV 4x12 cab
- Peavey Vypyr 30 Practice Amp
- Dunlop Crybaby From Hell, Maxon OD808, Boss TU-2, MXR CarbonCopy, ISP Decimator, MXR Custom Audio Electronics Booster

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
AJRAD
post Jun 3 2008, 09:20 PM
Post #10


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 17
Joined: 30-May 08
From: Manchester, England
Member No.: 5.210



QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Jun 3 2008, 08:53 PM) *
This tuning is called drop A#. In Flames play mostly in C-standard tuning: C F A# D# G C.

Most of the tabs I've found have been in drop A#. But hang on C standard tuning looks the same as drop A# except with a C instead of A#.
Anyway I don't think I'm going that low just yet and I don't really want to touch the scary truss rod, maybe when I next get strings I'll get some thick gauge ones (any disadvantages of that?)

Anyway thanks for your help everyone.
Gonna go look for In Flames songs in a normal-ish tuning now smile.gif
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Ivan Milenkovic
post Jun 3 2008, 09:24 PM
Post #11


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 25.396
Joined: 20-November 07
From: Belgrade, Serbia
Member No.: 3.341



Dropped A# - recommend even thicker strings, like maybe 11-57 or even 60 set.


--------------------
- Ivan's Video Chat Lesson Notes HERE
- Check out my GMC Profile and Lessons
- (Please subscribe to my) YouTube Official Channel
- Let's be connected through ! Facebook! :)
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post

Reply to this topicStart new topic
1 User(s) are reading this topic (1 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 


RSS Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 28th March 2017 - 08:46 PM