Originally Posted by oniman7
So I ran across this band I had never heard of and decided to try listening to them. They are progressive metal and the trend is to have 8 string guitars and 6 string basses and drop tune them. Check out that shot at 0:41... his string looks like a wet noodle. Pretty cool bass lines and he manages to make it sound alright, but I couldn't help but laugh. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=...ture=endscreen
Side note, I can't often tell the bass line from the low guitar part.
And I agree with floppy B string, but how can an ESP/LTD B 206 do better than that?
I play a full step downtuned, but, IME the revered Yamaha RBXJM2, for instance, couldn't do any better, I assure you.
No more 6ers in my stable, yet both 5ers (G&L L2500 carved and Peavey Cirrus BXP5: Yamaha BBN5 is my brother's and it's regularly tuned) have killer Bs (sorry for the ironic wording)... Peavey in particular is very stable, but it's a 35" scale
Yet the 34" scale G&L is my favorite 5er so far (and I owned a few thru the years)
Then, remember Fieldy and its Soundgears (he's tuned A, D, G, C, F too) its floppy slap sound being probably one of Korn's unmistakeable trademarks!
So no particular problem with floppy strings (d'ya like tennis? try and find something about John McEnroe's string tension) as long as they sound good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m7njvwB-Ks