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Jim Fogarty


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Phila, Pa, USA
Post Posted 24 Aug 2017 2:51 pm     Reply with quote

Hey,

I just got a new (used) Gold Tone 8 string lap steel, and the seller has it in:

D G B D G B D F (low to high)

So, basically an expanded dobro tuning, right?

I want this for C6 or A6 tuning, eventually......but while I'm waiting for my strings to arrive, any suggestions on tunings to try that are similar, with these same strings?

thanks.
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Brad Bechtel


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San Francisco, CA
Post Posted 24 Aug 2017 3:01 pm     Reply with quote

D G B D G B D F
Try this version of A6:
F# A C# E A C# E F#
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Stephen Abruzzo


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Post Posted 25 Aug 2017 8:45 am     Reply with quote

You can either raise the low D to E.......or lower the high F down to E.

Personally, I would raise the low D to E and leave the high F alone so you get to keep the G7 on top.

Forumite Greg Booth works a lot of magic using a low E on his G tuning.
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Jim Fogarty


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Post Posted 25 Aug 2017 1:28 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks guys.....

Went pretty easily into:

F A C E G A C E (low to high)

Gonna mess with this a bit.
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Andy Volk


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Boston, MA
Post Posted 25 Aug 2017 6:01 pm     Reply with quote

Bobbie Seymour used that tuning for non pedal quie well. Same as pedal steelers use, right?
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Doug Beaumier


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Northampton, MA
Post Posted 25 Aug 2017 6:51 pm     Reply with quote

Yes, that's the middle 8 strings of 10-string PSG C6 tuning (i.e. strings 1 and 10 omitted).
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Stefan Robertson


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Post Posted 1 Sep 2017 12:39 pm     Reply with quote

Nate and Mike use the same except its has a C#.

F, A, C#, E, g, a, c, e

very versatile on an 8 string. I would strongly recommend as well as it gives you your dominant chords and many extensions as well.
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Don Barnhardt


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Post Posted 8 Sep 2017 3:14 pm     Reply with quote

Why not just raise the middle D to E and get a couple inversions of Emin?













why
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David Mason


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Cambridge, MD, USA
Post Posted 9 Sep 2017 3:41 am     Reply with quote

This thread has a table down a ways that's straightened out, I didn't at first know how to post it. But if you scroll down a ways, there's a table showing all four of the possible tunings, after setting a .015" string as an arbitrary high "E." Mr. Beaumier got it right...

http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=303746&highlight=

the notes of a regular 6th tuning are the 1,3,5,6 and then to octaves, so there are four tunings, barring anything oddball. Yes, there ARE salutary oddball things, like I do use a 9th string fourth, the "F" in a C6 10-string tuning.

Anyway this is just what HAPPENS when a .015 high E is the root, or third, or fifth, or sixth, and the rest of the four different tuning's notes kinda dribble off that high note.

But it's a start at least. I was slightly surprised that in bouncing around the FOUR 6th tunings, none of the strings are more than a whole-step "off" the ideal. And "the ideal" is set up from this page of Bob's:
https://www.b0b.com/infoedu/gauges.htm

I had just realized that even in some really good guitars, a .011" or .012" wasn't up to matching VOLUMES with it's brethren - for ME. Many other people have no problem whatsoever, but tha... uh... well even if I WAS a billionaire I wouldn't hire you to brush MY teeth, IYKWIM. Anna you canna KEEP your silly 12's on YOUR guitars, they're nothing more than floss for my robot's fangs.
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