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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-20-2005, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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High A tuning gauge question.

I'm thinking of tuning an 8 string guitar up to a high A instead of a low F# or whatever note it is, and I was wondering if I would be able to find a string that would be thin enough to do that on without it breaking. I tried tuning my brother's Strat's .009 high E up to an A and it broke, SHHHHHHHHH. I would be using a fixed bridge if that helps. Thanks.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-21-2005, 04:02 PM
 
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Re: High A tuning gauge question.

An 8 would work. 7 might too. it might be a bit hard to find a 7. the shop I teach at has some 7s!
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-22-2005, 10:28 AM
 
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Re: High A tuning gauge question.

I've seen it being done with basses (albeit 9-string basses), but i've never really seen it on guitars.

I think Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit's guitarist) tunned his 7-strings with an extra E or something, so i'm sure it's possible.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-22-2005, 10:52 AM
 
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Re: High A tuning gauge question.

Lenny Breau used to do it but he had a 24 inh scale length. I suspect that with a high A, you'll end up breaking too many strings. What you can do though is to tune the entire instrument down a full tone and then add a high G. That would give you DGCFADG. Youll get a little more size and warmth from tuning down a tone and the same relative pitch on the added string as you would with the high A.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-22-2005, 11:05 AM
 
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Re: High A tuning gauge question.

George lynch used and esp with a high a, i think he only used like a 8 or 9 gauge string for the high a though. Alex Gregory did the same thing as well, but we all know hes about as well liked as ed roman around here
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-22-2005, 12:03 PM
 
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Re: High A tuning gauge question.

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I've seen it being done with basses (albeit 9-string basses), but i've never really seen it on guitars.

I think Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit's guitarist) tunned his 7-strings with an extra E or something, so i'm sure it's possible.
I'm naturally no Borland expert but I'm reasonably sure that was a unison E.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-22-2005, 12:16 PM
 
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Re: High A tuning gauge question.

Yeah, Wes just strung his guitars up like a six string, but had two high E strings.

I think Jim's suggestion is the best, and makes the most sense. That's what I would do, anyway.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-22-2005, 02:26 PM
 
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Re: High A tuning gauge question.

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Yeah, Wes just strung his guitars up like a six string, but had two high E strings.

I think Jim's suggestion is the best, and makes the most sense. That's what I would do, anyway.
The unison strings actually sound really cool if youve ever tuned like that before
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-22-2005, 02:39 PM
 
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Re: High A tuning gauge question.

No, I've never tried it. I do remember Wes saying that he'd play on the one E, while letting the other act as a drone note. You could probably tune one of them slightly sharp, or flat, for an interesting kind of chorus effect.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-22-2005, 07:59 PM
 
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Re: High A tuning gauge question.

I had an 8 string and an .008 did not work. The guitar tech and I were able to get it to an A and G# but it always broke seconds after. With an .008 we could get a steady G, but that's about it. I think to go higher than that you need a .007.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 11:36 AM
 
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Re: High A tuning gauge question.

you really need a multiple scale for such a tuning on a guitar, I can't remember exactly but Bill Conklin suggests 22.75" or something along those lines for the high A to make it stable.
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