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bluelineman
post Jan 22 2012, 08:58 AM
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I own one guitar, an Ibanez with Floyd Rose tremolo. I am considering getting another guitar & making it my "drop tune" guitar. For those of you that do drop tuning in addition to standard tuning, what do you do? Would it make more sense to get the second guitar without a tremolo to make quick tuning easier? I'm thinking of a Flying V type, either Jackson or Dean. I am not interested in retuning my Floyd Rose back & forth. Thanks!
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post Jan 22 2012, 09:51 AM
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QUOTE (bluelineman @ Jan 22 2012, 07:58 AM) *
I own one guitar, an Ibanez with Floyd Rose tremolo. I am considering getting another guitar & making it my "drop tune" guitar. For those of you that do drop tuning in addition to standard tuning, what do you do? Would it make more sense to get the second guitar without a tremolo to make quick tuning easier? I'm thinking of a Flying V type, either Jackson or Dean. I am not interested in retuning my Floyd Rose back & forth. Thanks!


I guess the biggest issue is, how much are you looking at spending? I recommend keeping a Floyd Rose equipped guitar at one tuning in order to make sure the intonation and spring tension are always perfect as well. You made a great decision by choosing to get another guitar. You can never have too many of them!


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It is a good idea to have a second guitar for drop tuning. Depending on how low you wanna go tuning-wise, you will have to put on much thicker strings. My main guitar is equipped with a set of 54-11 strings so I can comfortably tune one whole step down if needed, my other guitar is equipped with 70ies so I can go as low as drop A.


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post Jan 22 2012, 01:27 PM
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If you want to experiment with diffrent drop tunings and string gauges then a fixed bridge guitar is the best option. It takes up too much time to set up your floyd rose everytime you change the tuning and you will wear out the screws on the tremolo too...

Oh and stay away from any Dean Guitar that was not made in either Japan or the USA, the china and korea made Dean guitars are not worth their money!!


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post Jan 22 2012, 01:55 PM
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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Jan 22 2012, 12:27 PM) *
If you want to experiment with diffrent drop tunings and string gauges then a fixed bridge guitar is the best option. It takes up too much time to set up your floyd rose everytime you change the tuning and you will wear out the screws on the tremolo too...


Agreed!

And be wary of flying V guitars....they are ok if you use the classical position wwhen sitting, but if your a guitar on the right leg guy, then I'd say stay away.

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post Jan 22 2012, 02:13 PM
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Hey there smile.gif I am mostly using drop tuning these days (Drop D, C and A) and I have 3 different guitars for each tuning. I totally recommend a fixed bridge guitar for drop tuning, as it'll save you a lot of effort if you will try to go from one tuning to another on the same guitar. And yes, as Jordan stated, stay away from the V shaped guitars if you are thinking of playing in the side saddle position (guitar body on the right leg)

What sort of budget are you having prepared for this new axe? biggrin.gif


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post Jan 22 2012, 04:12 PM
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Yeah, I agree with Cosmin, that's the best idea imo, to have a fixed bridge guitar and de-tune it as you want.

To de tune a floyd rose guitar can be a pain and it takes a while to adjust it properly, so yeah, how much are you considering on spending?


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I also agree with Cosmin! Fixed bridges are the best choice when you want to experiment with different tunings. However if you won't change the tuning and you can buy a good guitar with a high quality floyd rose, it would be the same.


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post Jan 23 2012, 05:14 AM
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Something came up today, and it looks like I might have to wait a while to do this. But from the replies, I think I'll be best with a fixed bridge. Thanks for all the replies!!!
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QUOTE (bluelineman @ Jan 23 2012, 04:14 AM) *
Something came up today, and it looks like I might have to wait a while to do this. But from the replies, I think I'll be best with a fixed bridge. Thanks for all the replies!!!


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Yep, sounds like you are going with the plan I am going for. When I get a 7 string...I'm getting the fixed bridge so I can easily detune and such. smile.gif


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post Jan 23 2012, 06:17 PM
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QUOTE (bluelineman @ Jan 22 2012, 07:58 AM) *
I own one guitar, an Ibanez with Floyd Rose tremolo. I am considering getting another guitar & making it my "drop tune" guitar. For those of you that do drop tuning in addition to standard tuning, what do you do? Would it make more sense to get the second guitar without a tremolo to make quick tuning easier? I'm thinking of a Flying V type, either Jackson or Dean. I am not interested in retuning my Floyd Rose back & forth. Thanks!

Hi! What tuning are you talking about? How low you want to go? Do you need to tune your guitar back to standard?
I would just get another guitar Floyd Rose can be hell when you are trying to set it up or retune your guitar!!! Just get something with a fixed bridge and save yourself a lot of trouble


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post Jan 24 2012, 05:18 AM
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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Jan 23 2012, 11:17 AM) *
Hi! What tuning are you talking about? How low you want to go? Do you need to tune your guitar back to standard?
I would just get another guitar Floyd Rose can be hell when you are trying to set it up or retune your guitar!!! Just get something with a fixed bridge and save yourself a lot of trouble


I use standard tuning for my Floyd Rose Ibanez. I was just thinking D, etc for metal stuff.

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