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Lowest/Loosest Tunings

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by kirbywrx, Nov 4, 2001.


  1. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    i was just looking at some slipknot tabs(kill me for saying those two words) and some of their tunings are down tuned to an A. i thought C was the lowest you could go
    what is the lowest tuning you can use that is still auditable by the pickups...

    kirby
     
  2. as long as the pickups are of the right quality and the note dosen't go below 20 hz you can still hear the note. an 8 string bass and some 7 string basses have a low f sharp string.
     
  3. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Pickups can pick up any frequency...it's not a matter of "lowest the pickups go".
     
  4. sorry about that i meant to say amplifier.
     
  5. BassPlayer101

    BassPlayer101

    Jul 27, 2001
    Omaha,NE
    Some of the mudvayne songs are dropped to a G!
     
  6. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    I was talking to the poster.:)
     
  7. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I think these ridiculously low tunings are just a fad and a childish form of showing off. "Oh, they tune to B, let's tune to C. They tune to C, let's tune to G." It all seems so silly to me.

    I read a statement from Kenny Hickey of Type O Negative once. He said something to the effect of, "The reason for our tuning our instruments so low, is to hide our mistakes (laughs)."
     
  8. Gudforniet

    Gudforniet

    Jul 14, 2000
    San Ramon, CA
    dude if u have to tune down to G to sound heavy, that F'in ridiculous. u don't gain too many extra notes. My bass is tuned down to A and thats nice, every note picks up. and it's really not that low down. unless ur one of those bassists like machine head who tune 4-strings down to B. u guys are crazy. but the pickups will pick up any note u throw at it, ur amp and speakers will determine if its audible or not.
     
  9. crankaphathed

    crankaphathed

    Nov 4, 2001
    what do you mean about MH tuning all 4 strings to a B? is this true? I knew that they played in a B often, but I had no idea he did this.
     
  10. keep in mind that the slipknot guy plays a five string. an A is just one whole step below B.
     
  11. crankaphathed

    crankaphathed

    Nov 4, 2001
    actually, paul from slipknot plays a 4 string Warwick, I have only ever seen him play a 5 string once, and then, he wasn't even playing it, he was only holding it for a photo shoot.
     
  12. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    well in the slipknot tabs(theres that words again:eek: ) it says he uses a 5 string and on one of their vidoes he uses a 5er...
     
  13. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Speaking of inhealthy drop tunings...

    What about dropping an F# one or two steps? and at .150...THAT'S low...
     
  14. Brendan, I once remember someone on here trying to attain an E, one octave below the open E on a four string:eek: now imagine tuning that to a D... new meaning to "Drop D", huh?? Or C or B?!?!?! Sh!T! You thought a 5 string went low?:p
     
  15. Very well spoken. I have always found a low B on a fiver to be almost too low to play. It's high enough to remain punchy, but low enough to give you that..... feeling.... you know what I am talking about. But I think it just starts to get muddy when you drop anywhere below a B and is totally unnecessary.
     
  16. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Well, In my band, we detune one full step (two as soon as my guitarist gets his new guitar), so I always wonder about the tunings I'm gonna use on that 7 string I'm looking at. Maybe drop EADGC, and leave the B and F# to themselves? Or all of them? Or none? Hmn...
     
  17. If you don't mind Brendan, Why?
     
  18. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Why do we play dropped, or why would I detune my (future) 7?

    7- that might become a personal use item. I don't know just how I'm gonna tune the sucker quite yet. So It might spend time in my hands, or in any side projects. Maybe If I can figure out something, it'll find it's way into the band...

    Detuning: after years of listening to people droptuned vs. regular, the regular tuning became thin, transparent. I find that dropping tune adds weight and gravity not acheived in normal tuning. It's nothing against normal tuning, but in my band, and the music we play the lower nots pack more of a visceral punch than the regular notes. As such, we don't strive for the lowest tunings possible, we just find that D and C allow us to convey out musical ideas/concepts with more authority than EADG. That help?
     
  19. What kind of music does your band play? I play pretty much every style of music there is i my band, and I have never really found much use for the B. Maybe my bass isn't as great as I thought?
     
  20. crankaphathed

    crankaphathed

    Nov 4, 2001
    I mostly play heavy music in my band, and I find that the 5 string tuning suits us fine! There is nothing more sinister sounding than a damn C#, I swear! :) hahaha
    Although I am all one for the B tuning, I must say I really don't like going anything lower. It is just too damn low!