My old band did this. Solution?
It's definitely the strings. They used a .082 drop tuned set from Circle K Strings and the sound was so much better after that!
I'm not so sure about how it sounds for hardcore though. We were pretty heavy deathcore and the guitarists were running through sonic maximizers and decimators, but through standard amplification it should still sound good. Point is if your string is floppy you dont have a very strong fundamental. Up the gauge, up the tension, and you get an amazing sound!
Originally Posted by wcriley
There's quite a difference between downtuning an octave and dropping just one string 5 steps.
Speakers: The dropped G string would be the same pitch as the 3rd fret G on a bass guitar. Not many guitar speakers can handle frequencies that low.
Drop G is like this: G0-D1-G1-C2-F2-Ab2, or at least it was for me on my bass. The guitars were an octave higher, and had that M3 interval thrown in there somewhere. It's exactly like downtuning an octave, just two steps less!
As per speakers...No...any amp will handle that fine. I played in Drop A through a Vox ac15 for years, and nobody died.