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Last edited by mtnbkr123; 04-09-2012 at 05:12 PM.
I have always read that E flat tuning was/is used by people to make bends easier, especially important if you play with heavy strings (I think SRV used a 14 for his high e, and even in Eflat he still pulled his nails away from his fingers constantly and fixed it with superglue mid show).
There are several reasons. Lower tension makes bends easier, lower tunings sound "heavier" (hence all the modern metal bands using things like Drop-B, Drop-A#, etc), tunings with different intervals between strings make certain things easier or harder to play (drop tunings allow 3-string, 1-finger power chords, for example, while open tunings can be really convenient for slide play, etc.)
I've had an Eb guitar ever since I started doing GnR songs, back in the 80s. There are a lot of other players that use it, like Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, and others.
As far as Eb, in RS goes, it would be a pain in the arse to have to retune the whole guitar. One string ain't so bad, but not the whole guitar. And if it was a tremolo bridge, it would be nigh unbearable.
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[ Added with edit: ] You don't even need to use Workbench to create a new alternative tuning with the JTV. You can do it on the fly by holding down one knob, playing the notes you want (actually the note + 12 frets) on each string (it treats the 12th fret as the nut, so you can adjust each string higher or lower than standard), then pressing the knob again. You can also use this to create a virtual capo, so for example no need to adjust tuning for capo-7 "Here Comes the Sun". The main problem is that you become addicted to this and wish all your guitars could do it!
Last edited by Rick_in_Miami; 04-09-2012 at 06:55 PM.
There is only one note in one step flat tuning that can't be played in standard tuning - open 6th string Eb. I think it wouldn't be a problem to transcribe a song one fret lower (for standard tuning) than it was originally played.
Last edited by XXajniN; 04-10-2012 at 02:34 AM.
Personally, I'm not yet so sophisticated in my guitar journey that learning an Eb song in E would be an affront to my refined musical sensibilities.
When i want to play along with the original then I can tune down if I'm feeling particularly energetic - sorry if this barbarous view offends
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