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post Oct 24 2009, 05:43 PM
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Hey guys,

I was trying to figure out the song "welcome to the masquerade" by thousand foot krutch and i ran into a tab which says this:

C------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb1-1-1--3-3-3-3--4-4-4--4-4-4-3--1-1-1---3-3-3-3---4-6-6-6--------------|
F-1-1-1--1-1-1-1--4-4-4--2-2-2-1--1-1-1---1-1-1-1---4-6-6-6-3-4-3-4-3----|
Bb1-1-1-----------4-4-4-----------1-1-1-------------4-6-6-6-3-4-3-4-3----|

Does this kind of tuning exist? When I tune my E string down to a Bb it seems just too much action then....
Anyone has a ideas of what it could be?

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post Oct 24 2009, 05:48 PM
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Yeh that tuning does exist, I believe it's called Drop Bb. If you look at the intervals between the strings, you'll see it's like Drop D, but starting on Bb instead of D. About actually using it without getting a too high action I really don't know though.
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post Oct 24 2009, 05:50 PM
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this is a very very extreme low tuning and should probably not be tried on a regular guitar, maybe with like 0.13 strings but i doubt it than also, its probably more fitting to a 7 string


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post Oct 24 2009, 05:56 PM
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QUOTE (vampire18 @ Oct 24 2009, 06:50 PM) *
this is a very very extreme low tuning and should probably not be tried on a regular guitar, maybe with like 0.13 strings but i doubt it than also, its probably more fitting to a 7 string


The guitarist from the band uses PRS guitars, do they have any 7-strings?

Iv'e just checked a photo, it seems they use 6-string guitars with thick strings...
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post Oct 24 2009, 06:03 PM
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thats also possible but i would not reccoment buying that thick of strings and doing all that extra setup for one song, play it in drop d tuning and sue a pitch shifter if your that keen on playing this song


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post Oct 24 2009, 06:06 PM
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QUOTE (vampire18 @ Oct 24 2009, 07:03 PM) *
thats also possible but i would not reccoment buying that thick of strings and doing all that extra setup for one song, play it in drop d tuning and sue a pitch shifter if your that keen on playing this song


Sorry, but what's a pitch shifter? tongue.gif
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post Oct 24 2009, 06:13 PM
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A pitch shifter can lower the notes on your guitar when you play them. Usually they have options like Octave, Tone, and Semitone. So you can lower them by either a full octave, a whole tone, or just a couple semi tones.

Only problem is they usually don't sound all that amazing, at least to me, Muddies up the sound sometimes. You can use Drop Bb on 6 string. You need some .13 or higher gauge strings. Dean Markley have special ones you can order that are .15 I think, They feel pretty good that low but you just got to be sure your guitar is setup for it right, heavy strings have heavy tension and I have heard stories about heavy strings warping necks, I havent had it happen to me, But I wouldnt risk it laugh.gif

But like it was said before, best bet is a 7 string. 7 string standard tuning is B Standard (BEADGBE), So you only have to lower a 7 string a half step. Much easier to do.


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As far as I know, PRS Don't offer any 7 strings, If they do it might be part of the custom shop.
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post Oct 24 2009, 06:17 PM
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QUOTE (The Uncreator @ Oct 24 2009, 07:13 PM) *
A pitch shifter can lower the notes on your guitar when you play them. Usually they have options like Octave, Tone, and Semitone. So you can lower them by either a full octave, a whole tone, or just a couple semi tones.

Only problem is they usually don't sound all that amazing, at least to me, Muddies up the sound sometimes. You can use Drop Bb on 6 string. You need some .13 or higher gauge strings. Dean Markley have special ones you can order that are .15 I think, They feel pretty good that low but you just got to be sure your guitar is setup for it right, heavy strings have heavy tension and I have heard stories about heavy strings warping necks, I havent had it happen to me, But I wouldnt risk it laugh.gif

But like it was said before, best bet is a 7 string. 7 string standard tuning is B Standard (BEADGBE), So you only have to lower a 7 string a half step. Much easier to do.


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As far as I know, PRS Don't offer any 7 strings, If they do it might be part of the custom shop.



Thanks uncreator,

Right now I'm trying it on my acoustic laugh.gif

The tab seems to be right, unfortunately "sigh"
It's a lot of work for one song don't you think? rolleyes.gif
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