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Ever downed tuned your Tele to C, djent...chug...chug

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by jpjr50, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. jpjr50

    jpjr50 Tele-Holic

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    So I've had my Tele over a year and drop D is as far as I've gone down.

    Recently I sold all my pedals and bought a Line 6 POD 500X which I love.

    So I've been making YouTube videos about the POD and decided to drop the Tele down to C.

    I have NO idea what I'm doing in that tuning, I absolutely suck at this tuning. The strings are so floppy.

    I'll post the video if you want but request it because I'm so embarrassed. I mean the guitar sounds great but I cannot play anything, I'm lost.
     
  2. acrylicsuperman

    acrylicsuperman Tele-Afflicted

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    I have never tuned my tele down past D, but I used to tune a strat in C and C#. In fact, my SG is currently in C#.

    If your strings are floppy, may I ask what Guage you are using? Typically, if you are going to tune that low, a thicker strings Guage or a high tension set is the best bet.
     
  3. soulman969

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    Tuned to C? Never. That's why God made baritones. ;)
     
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    bricksnbeatles Tele-Afflicted

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    I have a strat in drop C# (drop d half step down) strung 9-46 and have never had problems with the strings being too floppy. I also tune my acoustic to C# standard (1 1/2 steps down) but I don't know what gauge strings are on that one since I haven't changed those in a while, but they're still pretty average (12s maybe?). I think the problem isn't the tuning or even the strings, but really just the setup and the approach to playing (no matter what strings you use and how it's set up, it's going to feel different from playing in standard)
     
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    No, but I have tuned a 12 string Takamine to C #, were it stayed. Beat that!
    Capo for the rest.
    It use is for world music ambient Hungarian minor scale Arabian / Turkish weirdness.
     
  6. kurtmanifest1

    kurtmanifest1 Tele-Meister

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    Yes, standard tunning drop C
     
  7. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    AMEN! I can drop it to a Low A.

    coffin.jpg
     
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  8. Tony Done

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    You would expect to be using much heavier strings than typical*, but then you might have trouble with the nut slots and getting the saddles far enough back for good intonation.

    *I'm currently using 13-56 for open C on a 30" bari.
     
  9. Buzzardeater

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    Baritones in open tunings can really bring another dimension. I have to look but I think I'm in B.
     
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    The reason I'm in open C is because I can use a lap steel conversion capo on the 2nd fret to get back to my more usual key of open D, without getting too confused by the fretboard dots. The lower pitch of open C also has its attractions though.
     
  11. jpjr50

    jpjr50 Tele-Holic

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    I put the guitar into D to D tuning and I'm really digging it.

    If you ever have writers block or stuck in a rut just play with tunings, it'll give you a kick start again. At least it does for me.

    I'm glad nobody asked me to see the video but I'm sure someone must have click the link in my sig, it's in my latest video (don't judge, I can't djent).
     
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    That ought to empty out a bar in a hurry! :D
     
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    The guy in the store said mine was in tune when I bought it. Good enough for me. :rolleyes:
     
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    My usual tuning is B-to-B.
     
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    And I'm the First to leave!!! :)
     
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  16. String Tree

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    Hey, you can go far by playing in tune.
    YEP!!!
     
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    :):):)
     
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    I once downtuned my Tele to C with a set of 9s. Man, those strings were flapping in the breeze...

    There is a reason why bass strings are far thicker than regular guitar strings.
     
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    Hey people always ask me if I can play "Far away".






    Far, far away. :p
     
  20. hiwatt357

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    I don't tune down that low, but Christian from WHORES. does. He plays a MIM Esquire, and "I use really light picks (.60) and really heavy strings (13-56 with a wound 3rd). We tune to dropped C (CGCFAD)." Heavy ****.

    Their most recent EP -

    Live earlier this year -

    Live in-studio performance from a few years ago (with old drummer and bass player) -
     
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