Nashville & Fredsville Tunings: Their Configurations and Innovators.

Discussion in 'Beginner's Q&A Forum' started by MuktiMusic, Apr 20, 2005.

  1. MuktiMusic

    MuktiMusic New Member

    Hi Again...

    A recent exchange with Bluegrass Icon Herb Pedersen The Desert Rose Band, The Dillards, Vince Gill, Vern & Ray, Chris Hillman, The Laurel Canyon Ramblers. Herb was one of the first to use Nashville Tuning. In Herbs own words:


    Well, I was the first guy to "use" that particular setup out here {Nashville} back in 1968, while working on the "Wheatstraw Suite" album on Elektra.

    While in Nashville, just months before coming back to California, I did several sessions at RCA, where Wayne Moss, a great studio guitar player had subsituted an octave G (like on a 12 -string) instead of the regular gauge...

    Then, I took it all the way down to the 6th string, so you had just the octave strings (the high ones) from E,A,D,G, then regular B and high E. So the tuning was the same note wise, it just gave it a more harpsichord sound while playing rhythm. Herb"

    Textbook definition: Nashville Tuning/High Strung Guitar.

    'Nashville tuning is a little more involved than just tuning your guitar differently. It's also known as high-strung tuning. The simplest way to explain it is, you use the high octave strings of a 12 string set of strings on a six-string guitar. The first two strings of your instrument (high E and B) remain unchanged, and the lower four strings (G through low E) are tuned an octave above standard tuning.'

    Some suggested gauges:

    The gauges for a medium set would be .012, .016, .010, .014, .020, .030 high to low.

    A light set would be .010, .014, .009, .012, .018, .027 high to low.

    This is a good place to start. Specs for gauges vary. Don't be afraid to experiment.

    Fredsville Tuning/Fred Walecki {Westwood Music, L.A. CA} []

    Invert the 2nd & 5th strings so that the 2nd string is in the bass and the 5th string is in the treble. If you like this then create a permanent nut and saddle to accomodate the shift in intonation.

    *Note: For an example of a live performance of Nashville Stringing, on a detuned high strung instrument, check out Bach's Lunch via the hyperlink below.

    MM ;)

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    110 MB of free acoustic guitar downloads:`fingerstyle`slide`altered tunings.
  2. DrSaurabh

    DrSaurabh Wh@+s Up D0C

    cool man..i alwasy used to wonder about the nashville tuning
  3. MuktiMusic

    MuktiMusic New Member

    Making A Permanent Nut...

    Greetins Dr. If you like the configuration enough to keep a guitar permanently in Nashville tuning, I'd suggest creating a new nut to accomodate the change in string guages and a possible saddle adjustment. It will make for a more enjoyable and intonated experience.


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