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Old 08-01-2020, 02:43 PM
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Default Tuning to E flat from standard

So three years ago I bought my first guitar ,I researched all the models spec etc,and dicided on a Furch Ga 23 crc cedar top rosewood noW it came with Elixer strings I changed that ,they felt horrible , I liked the sound of the Furch with new strings on it but felt it a tad bright not as bright as a Taylor and not as low as a Martin, but still not satisfied as I want to be . Well last week I learned about de tuning your guitar down to E flat , whAt a huge difference it makes quite remarkable tone . So what do you guys think about E flat tuning does it work for you as it has for me ...thanks...... sorry edit ....I mean tuning down half a step sorry again cheers
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Old 08-01-2020, 05:33 PM
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I do it on my older guitars, then capo if need be. Its not uncommon.
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Old 08-01-2020, 06:43 PM
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I do the same, for the same reason - my guitar sounds better.
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Old 08-01-2020, 07:57 PM
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Extensive discussion here:

https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/...down+half+step
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Old 08-02-2020, 05:48 AM
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Frankmrc thanks for the info just had a read thanks again🎶
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Old 08-10-2020, 11:31 AM
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So three years ago I bought my first guitar ,I researched all the models spec etc,and dicided on a Furch Ga 23 crc cedar top rosewood noW it came with Elixer strings I changed that ,they felt horrible , I liked the sound of the Furch with new strings on it but felt it a tad bright not as bright as a Taylor and not as low as a Martin, but still not satisfied as I want to be . Well last week I learned about de tuning your guitar down to E flat , whAt a huge difference it makes quite remarkable tone . So what do you guys think about E flat tuning does it work for you as it has for me ...thanks...... sorry edit ....I mean tuning down half a step sorry again cheers

Been doing that for decades - as it helps my crappy singing..

my strat, tele and acoustic all tuned to e flat -

only time I tune to regular is when the wife wants to play my acoustic to learn/sing a song she is in love with -

so i tune it to reg E for her.
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Old 08-11-2020, 11:14 AM
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I've read, Zach Brown's whole band is tuned to Eb Dont know if it's true or not. But there are advantages.
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Old 08-12-2020, 05:44 AM
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I play that way cause I have wrist problems. Its not as nice sounding fingerstyle as standard but it allows me to keep playing.
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Old 08-12-2020, 07:52 AM
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I think Stevie Ray Vaughan also tuned down 1/2 step so he could get those deep bends.
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Old 08-14-2020, 10:18 AM
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I do that but often I use D tuning because when i play lead (once in a blue moon) I get confused when I look at the fingerboard and the inlay "helpers."

Btw, there is a similar discussion over at one of the electric guitar forums I am a member of. The talk was the tuning seems better for some types of electric guitars ... such as Stratocasters ... but not for others. I sort of agree and sort of don't agree.
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Old 08-15-2020, 08:13 AM
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I do it on my older guitars, then capo if need be. Its not uncommon.
So true. A lot of people do it for a bunch of different reasons. Can help some people with their vocals, can make it easier to play for people with hand or wrist issues, and can actually make some guitars sound richer and fuller.

I have a friend who has tuned his 12-string down a full step. He's now bordering on fret buzz but he likes it.

I haven't played around with it much. Tried it on my Taylor 914ce a few times but I didn't think that particular guitar sounded as good when tuned down as it does in standard tuning.
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