How to tune for the Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want

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How to tune for the Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want

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I just found this article on Musicradar: Keith Richards' secret Rolling Stones acoustic guitar tuning finally revealed? | MusicRadar
Some good information there and very fitting for this section of the forum.

In short: take a 12 string acoustic, keep the double high e's that are in unison and remove all the other octave and unison strings.
Remove the low E as well and drop the A to G. Put a capo before the the 5th fret and that's it.
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Great - thinking about buying a 12 string and now I find I need two - WTF
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MelvinDale wrote: Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:27 pm Great - thinking about buying a 12 string and now I find I need two - WTF
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. :lol:

This tuning reminds me. Not too long ago, Ibanez had a couple of very interesting 8 string acoustics. One had octave strings for the D and G and the other unison strings for the B and high e. I liked the latter one best, those added strings gave the whole sound a very wide feel without it ever sounding cluttered.

A mate of mine had a 7 string Martin Roger McGuinn model with an added octave string for the G. That was a lot of fun as well, still very jangly.
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Big Joe Williams and his nine-string guitar:

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I'll one up you. ;) B.C. Rich occasionally makes the 10 string version of their Bich model. Low E and A as single strings, D and G with octaves and then the B and high e with strings in unison.
It works great, no clutter in the lows with plenty of jangle and space in the highs.
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