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    Default Standard Eb, D or C# tuning Blues players ??

    Hi !

    I know R.L Burnside played some tunes on standard C# guitars (Goin' Down South is one of them).

    So do you know any Blues guitar player in the same style or era who tuned this way ? Standard Eb, D or C# ?

    Am guitarist myself and really like the sound of those tunings so I'd be very interested to hear what others have done with it!

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    Hi, Julian. I play purely in the folk tradition. I don't really know the letters or numbers or words for music. But I do know that my slide playing is in Vestapol tuning which I believe trained musicians call Open E, and that serves me well. I also play in what I call Drop D for an interesting drone sound...the bass E string is fretted at the 6th fret and is tuned to the string next to it. I think is how I do it.

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    Hi !

    Thanks for your answer

    Standard Eb, D or C# means all of your strings are tuned down a half step (Eb), a whole step (D) or 1 and a half step (C#).
    The sound is darker, dirty and mean, to my ears at least.

    As the Drop D (I played that way during my metal years lol) and those down tunings, they are nowadays mainly used in heavy or metal scene as far as I know, so I feel kinda... Guilty ! lol I don't want to sound metal at all !!
    (SRV played Eb btw)
    But the R.L "Goin' Down South" (Early acoustic version, can't post links, sorry) with the C# tuning is so haunting, there's probably something interesting to do with it. (Tuning is not the only reason though), so I guess some other guys tuned the same way !

    I heard that Open E is not really good for the instrument as you have to tune up a few strings, so more tension on the neck. A lot of guys tune to Open D and capo on the 2nd fret, which is equal to an Open E but doesn't sound exactly the same... I'm not a luthier anyway, just rumors I heard...

    Anyway, thank you again for your answer and happy new year !

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    I never saw a decent guitar that couldn't take the extra tension from 3 strings tuned up to open E.
    A lot of the "down home" players were poor.
    If they slacked their strings a bit, they would break less frequently.

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    Default A moment for gratitude, brothers and sisters

    Quote Originally Posted by charlie chitlins View Post
    I never saw a decent guitar that couldn't take the extra tension from 3 strings tuned up to open E.
    A lot of the "down home" players were poor.
    If they slacked their strings a bit, they would break less frequently.
    Ya gotta wonder how in the world they could play guitars in the rural Southeast...no HVAC; heat 90 to 105 F; humidity 80 to 95; dust and rain.

    Ridin the blinds or walkin. Who had a good case? How often could they change strings? Many guitar necks had no reinforcement much less a truss rod.

    Look at us talking PRS, Guild, Martin...

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    Here's my Blues machine.
    No truss rod.
    Giant neck.
    Funky to the bone!

    rex.jpg

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    My slide guitar, Danelectro RI, is tuned to open A. E-A-E-A-C#-E After years of playing in open E I've decided that open A works better for me. I'm toying with the idea of dropping it down to open G.

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    Bass Players perspective: I play more 5-String live these days so Im personally prepped, but if detuned guitar is anything like detuning a standard 4-string bass, I can tell you that Ive always had to go up string gauges to compensate for the the tension-loss. This also meant having to get another nut cut to allow the bigger strings. Very floppy, so its easy to overshoot bends with such a wet-noodle feel.

    Ive played with a kagillion players who prefer the half-step down, only one player that tuned down a whole step, and never anybody that went down a step-and-a-half

 

 

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