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The point of thicker strings for drop C tuning is that they will end up at about the same tension as the original set at concert pitch. So the neck, bridge and belly of the guitar (and the new set of strings) are only stressed the same as they were originally. Take them up to standard at your peril!!


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If they are specifically for a dropped tuning, tuning up to standard might be a risk of breaking your brand new strings. Perhaps check the packaging to see if they can be used with a standard tuning. If not, don't tune them all the way up.


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Anything that achieves the sound you're after is a valid technique! That said, a guitar (for example) out of tune with itself will usually sound a bit unpleasant to most ears. However ... If you listen to Led Zep's Black Dog, the guitars are played twice, panned left and right, and just a touch out of tune with each other. I don't know whether this is ...


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It's not commonly used, but it's not unheard of. For instance, Simon and Garfunkels song Cecelia has a detuned guitar in it's percussive introduction. In the art world it's sometimes done in a more regimented way to produce microtonal music, which is more like intentionally tuning to a precise pitch between the notes you'd find on a keyboard. It can also ...


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Perhaps I have missed this in the other replies but one obvious thing to check would be the gauge of strings you were using. It's not clear from your question whether you were tuning your current set of strings or you had changed to a new set, but obviously if you were to tune to standard E with a set of strings that were too heavy for how your guitar is ...


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I'm not sure if it's a manufacturing defect as much as a design flaw. This should not even be possible for a steel string acoustic. The ball ends should be held down by the bridge plate underneath the top, not the bridge itself. See this image: Where did you go wrong? I'm sorry to say it looks like you'll want to save up a little more for your next guitar ...


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I have owned many guitars in my life. This has happened to me once before. You did nothing wrong. The glue joint in your bridge failed. This is a manufacturing defect. If your guitar is under warranty, appeal to the manufacturer and get warranty service. See if they will pay for repairs, or replace the guitar with another one. Otherwise you are going to ...


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(WARNING: only do this if a guitar has had all the strings taken off for some reason. For routine string changes, as Tim says below swapping one at a time will reduce flex on the soundboard, and anyway is quicker.) One tip when stringing in the future is to tighten the strings together. In other words don't, say, start with all slack strings and tighten ...


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A possible cause, apart from a faulty gluing of the bridge, is that you were an octave too high. Seen it happen too often, using a tuner that tells you the target note, but for some reason, you've gone to an octave above. Thus 4x the tension. Also seen it happen after it's been left in a place too hot - rad., sun, conservatory, etc. Or, you may have the ...


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Unless you were tuning the strings well above the normal pitches for standard tuning (which you say you were not trying to do), this was caused by a defect with the guitar. Tuning a guitar up to standard pitch should not cause the bridge to come off. The defect may have been caused by previous attempts to tune the guitar strings too high, which causes ...


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In addition to the excellent answers given by others, there are reasons why "in-tune" old Russian songs might sound "out-of-tune" to a modern western ear. At a basic level, a guitar is made for western chromatic scales. However bends are very easy to achieve, and players in some styles do them almost without thinking. This is all over blues guitar playing, ...


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There's no reason why a Russian guitar should sound any more out of tune than Western six string, but there are many reasons why it might... Firstly, consider that all guitars, even perfectly built and tuned ones, sound slightly out of tune to harmonic purists on account of their equal temperament tuning, without which they would not sound "in tune" to ...



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