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tuning BDAD (for metal)

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by bolophonic, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    A few years ago I played with a metal band with two guitarists who tuned to drop D. I reluctantly dropped the E on my Precision to D, feeling that it was kind of a cheap solution, and I eventually got used to having a floppy string and a different note configuration in my fretboard. I play with my fingers -- no interest in picks.

    So last night, I was playing along with the demo we had recorded and I whipped out a newer bass that I had strung BEAD. It was different, and the tuning purist in me felt more satisfied.

    However, after about an hour, I dropped the E down to B again in order to hit some chords that I had written originally in drop-D. What I found was that I now had the ability to use D's on TWO strings which opened up HUGE possibilities for right-hand rhythm as well as giving me the option to use double-D drones for extra-heaviness. I have never been into alternative turnings, but if we can get this band back together, I am going to be using BDAD for sure. Anyone else ever tried this?
  2. t77mackie


    Jun 13, 2012
    Wormtown, MA
    A million years ago when I was just messing around learning some Dream Theater stuff I tuned my bass like that. Wicked floppy with normal gauge strings for sure!

    I believe some companies make some super fat string sets for lower tunings on the ol' 4 string. But I'm sure other people here have a lot more experience and knowledge than I do about that.

    Good luck!

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