String Tunings

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Osama_Spears, Aug 24, 2003.

1. Osama_Spears

Jan 7, 2003
Baltimore,MD
Hey...

I am just curious as to what all the stringed instruments are tuned to.

So far,I got:

Violin:GDAE
...and thats pretty much it.

*shrug*

2. Tyler Hole

You are talking just standard tuning right? Cuz there is like a million tunings out there.

3. Osama_Spears

Jan 7, 2003
Baltimore,MD
Yeah dude...heh,you're right. I didn't wanna go into all that,just the normal one's.

4. Tyler Hole

Just checking Didn't want you getting millions of tunings if you didnt want em!

5. HategearWorkin' hard at hardly workin'.

Apr 6, 2001
Appleton, Swissconsin
Seriously, how many tunings are there for a 6 string guitar? I mean, there has to be a mathematical equation that would tell you exactly how many tunings were possible, right?

6. jenderfazz

Apr 17, 2003
Haha, but would you really tune a guitar BbBAAF?

7. Tyler Hole

jenderfazz, i sure hope you mean BBBAAF, because if you mean B(flat)BAAF, then your missing a string for a guitar Unless you meant this to be a 5 string bass

8. Brendan

Jun 18, 2000
Austin, TX
With all the possible gradations of tensions, I think you're looking at a MASSIVE number. Would the human ear be able to tell the difference between the super subtle tunings? Maybe, maybe not, but the mathmatics of possible tunings are nigh but infinite, I'd imagine. Look at it this way, imagine gettin a precision tuner, and tuning every string 20 cents (I believe that's the musical accuracy thing) below E. Then 15, then 10. It might SOUND like E, but it wouldn't be. Theoretically.

If you went with just half steps, then you still have a lot of room, because while G# below B on a .130 string might not be playable on a "standard bass" if you got the action high enough, you could theoretically play it.

Are they infitite? Maybe not, but that number is also rather hard to come up with, given all the variables (some of which I mentioned).

9. Taylor LivingstonSupporting MemberCommercial User

Dec 25, 2002
Oregon, US
Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
To give you an idea of the number of possible tunings for a 6-string guitar, the Hipshot Trilogy bridge (of which they should really make a bass version) can do 729 tunings with the flicks of some levers. Each string is set to 3 preset tunings, so, for instance, you can drop the E to D and C, if you so configure it. Assuming you're using the same set of strings for all tunings, and you have some definition of what is an audible/acceptable note, I would say it would be several times that of the Trilogy.

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