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post Feb 28 2010, 06:43 PM
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Howdy fellas

Just a quick question here. How far can I downtune a baritone guitar which minimum 27.5" scale length?
Can I tune it all the way "down" to E biggrin.gif ?


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post Mar 1 2010, 01:54 PM
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I'm not sure if this is possible, and what string gauge you will need to go to such a big jump as fifth down. You can try with some thicker strings, but who knows how that will sound like smile.gif


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post Mar 1 2010, 02:20 PM
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Sure you can! 8 String guitars are aleady tuned to f# when they are in standard tuning so you go just one step down and you have an e-standard tuning one octave lower (basicly a guitar tuned like a bass).

-It WILL sound muddy, guitars aren't made to reproduce such low tones correctly
-you WILL need string gauges like 10-68 or 11-70 for that tuning even on a 28'' scale baritone guitar


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post Mar 1 2010, 10:05 PM
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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Mar 1 2010, 02:20 PM) *
Sure you can! 8 String guitars are aleady tuned to f# when they are in standard tuning so you go just one step down and you have an e-standard tuning one octave lower (basicly a guitar tuned like a bass).

-It WILL sound muddy, guitars aren't made to reproduce such low tones correctly
-you WILL need string gauges like 10-68 or 11-70 for that tuning even on a 28'' scale baritone guitar


Will it still sound muddy if I play through a bassamp or a 15" speaker biggrin.gif ?
Stringwise, I have my eyes on a Ernie Ball 13-72 set, should do the trick?


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post Mar 1 2010, 10:20 PM
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If you really wanna go down an octave, I recommend an octave pedal like the EXH micro pog. Sounds really good. I assume it would sound even better on a baritone guitar with thick strings than it does on my strat.


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QUOTE (JVM @ Mar 1 2010, 10:20 PM) *
If you really wanna go down an octave, I recommend an octave pedal like the EXH micro pog. Sounds really good. I assume it would sound even better on a baritone guitar with thick strings than it does on my strat.


I actually plan to buy one of those anyways smile.gif


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post Mar 1 2010, 11:12 PM
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Are you trying to go TWO octaves down? biggrin.gif


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post Mar 2 2010, 10:23 AM
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Why would you even want to tune that low? Itll sound pants!

Downtuning is the new wah pedal, everybody will do it for a year then throw it in the cupboard when they get bored.
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QUOTE (JVM @ Mar 1 2010, 11:12 PM) *
Are you trying to go TWO octaves down? biggrin.gif


Nope, the POG will be used with an ordinary guitar for suboctave or 12-string simulation...or some serious sub while palying the bass tongue.gif
Baritone + POG will be a bit too much I think smile.gif


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I have a Steinberger baritone for the low tuning stuff, but I have to admit I never went below C, that is definitely enough for my taste. Everything below this tuning will only sound muddy in my opinion.


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