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

Post by VIN » Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:28 am

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

Post by MelvinDale » 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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Re: How to tune for the Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want

Post by slidingtom » Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:34 pm

MelvinDale wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:27 pm
Great - thinking about buying a 12 string and now I find I need two - WTF
:lol:

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

Post by VIN » Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:20 pm

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

Post by slidingtom » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:59 am

Big Joe Williams and his nine-string guitar:

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

Post by VIN » Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:53 pm

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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