8 string suggested tuning?

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BaRaN
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8 string suggested tuning?

Postby BaRaN » Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:55 am

Hello guys. So I ordered my ibanez 8 string in june and I am still waiting. But it is going to be in my hands next month. So I started to think about tuning ideas. And I stuck in 3-4 tuning:(low to high)
F#BEADGBE(F#1 to E 4)
EBEADGBE(E1 to E4)
EAEADGBE(E1 to E4)
BEADGBEA(B1 to A4)
I want low E(F#) as much as high A. Actually my dream guitar is 9 string because of that reason :D
Soo what is your opinions on this 4 tuning? Maybe a better tuning idea too?

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Re: 8 string suggested tuning?

Postby HNLim » Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:01 pm

BaRaN wrote:Actually my dream guitar is 9 string because of that reason :D

Sell it and buy a 10-string, just in case you require an additional string.
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BaRaN
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Re: 8 string suggested tuning?

Postby BaRaN » Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:18 pm

:D good one. Maybe when I earn my own money.

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Re: 8 string suggested tuning?

Postby mikfik » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:00 pm

With scale length of 650mm you can forget about a high a (a4) and a Low E (E1). a4 will be too tight and prone to breakage and E1 will be too fat and too loose and will sound crappy. My 8 string is tuned normal with 7th string D2 and 8th string between A1 up to C2 depending on the piece I'm playing.

BaRaN
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Re: 8 string suggested tuning?

Postby BaRaN » Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:14 pm

I actually managed to get a good a4 string and not that good d5 string on my not-useful beginner classical guitar (650mm). I am still working on D5 string but A4 is okay with 0.45-0.50 mm thickness.

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Re: 8 string suggested tuning?

Postby entschwindet » Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:34 pm

One to consider might be ADGCFADG, ie your fourth option but a step lower. Means you can play Dowland etc in the right key, and that the 1st string is a little less tight. The downside is that there's a lot of fretboard remapping to do...


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