Take the 2-minute tour ×
Musical Practice & Performance Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for musicians, students, and enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I really like the sound of Nashville tuning, where you typically replace the EADG (low to high) strings with lower gauage strings to get a really light sparkly sound. Is there a way of emulating this sound without having to re-string my guitar every time I want to do it, using effects pedals?

share|improve this question
4  
Buy a second guitar -- an inexpensive acoustic or electric, and string it and set it up for Nashville tuning. That would be only a little more expensive than investing in a polyphonic pitch-shifter effects pedal, and it would sound much better, too. –  Wheat Williams Aug 16 at 2:59

3 Answers 3

The Roland VG pedal boards will change your guitar tuning to whatever your little heart desires. Joni Mitchell used to use one for her 50+ different guitar tunings. (Source: http://www.jonimitchell.com/library/view.cfm?id=38)

The Roland VGs require a GK hexaphonic pickup that picks up up each string separately.

More info here: http://www.rolandus.com/products/details/849/specs/

share|improve this answer
    
Roland claims the spacing should be fine, at least for the GK-3 pickups, and even provides a mounting plate for Gibson style bridges. What issues did you have? Missed notes or double trigging or something else? –  Meaningful Username Aug 16 at 15:22

Any Line 6 'Variax' guitar can do this, & you can set up presets you can literally dial in from the guitar itself.

The initial programming needs the guitar to be connected via a specific hardware adapter [supplied as part of the new package] via USB to a computer [Mac or PC] - but the recall, once programmed, is straight from the guitar, so can be used live without a computer.

http://line6.com/guitars/ or find an old one in a second hand shop or eBay...

share|improve this answer

There are many different makes and models of polyphonic pitch-shifter effects pedals, but they will shift the pitch of every note you play on every string up or down by the same amount. That's not quite the same as Nashville tuning. Furthermore shifting the pitch of the strings by that large of a degree sounds quite artificial.

Go to your local music store and ask what models of polyphonic pitch shifters they sell, and ask to try them out.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.