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The song in question is "Pet Carrot" by Palehound.

You can hear the guitar right at the beginning of this video:

I thought it was a bass at first. Anyone know the tuning?

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The guitar is not just tuned in a standard tuning which is transposed down. From what I can hear and see, the low three strings are definitely

C G D

I believe that the high strings are just standard tuning, which would make the complete tuning

C G D G B E

which is not one of the standard open tunings but a mix of drop C and standard tuning.

The tuning of the low three stings is obvious from the intro riff:

-------2-------------2-----
----0-----0------3-------3-
-0-----------0-------------
  • Great ear! Thanks! This tuning is the first variation of Drop C Tuning. Apparently, Bob Dylan once favored this tuning. – Kyle Apr 19 '16 at 6:45
  • @Kyle: I've learned something too; didn't know that this was a standard variation of drop C. – Matt L. Apr 19 '16 at 7:01
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Sounds like a baritone to me. They use a slightly longer scale length, and thicker strings, and one of the many tunings is C F Bb Eb G C, so standard chord shapes can be used. Not as low as a standard bass guitar - in fact the bottom 4 strings (in B E A D tuning) are an octave above normal 5 string bass guitar tuning.

  • I think you're close, but I am not sure it is B E A D F# B tuning. The root note of the main progression (the very first note that is played) is a C2, correct? If you look closely at the guitarist's hands, at 1:15 in the video, you can see that this root note is the open first string. – Kyle Apr 18 '16 at 7:42
  • @Kyle - you're right, answer edited appropriately. There is no one standard tuning for baritone. Players often use two or three different tunings - but mostly voiced similarly to the guitar. Root note is open 6th string! 1st being the thinnest. – Tim Apr 18 '16 at 8:05

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