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Well, aside from the fact that they just like it I will admit that there are some songs which sound strikingly different in tone and mood just from a simple 1/2 step down-tuning. But ultimately, it is my belief that guitarists tune a 1/2 step down in order to make it easier for a piano/keyboardist to play along. Many times when guitarists are working with ...


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This should be possible with any type of guitar. Since you are detuning the low E string, i.e. there is less tension overall, this should not be the cause of string breakage. What were you using as a reference tone, are you sure you were tuning the guitar correctly?



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