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Any of youy guys know why Jimi and SRV tuned half a step down (Eb)?

I'm asking thisthis because I got the insturctional "Guitard World" DVD "Axis:bold as love". On the first part of it they make you tune down.

Any clue?

By the way this a very good instructional DVD

Thanks for your time
 

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Fit the vocal range? Maybe they just liked the sound of it? Made bending easier? Hah, I don't know to be honest with you... most (if not all) early Van Halen was all a half step down too.
 

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Fit the vocal range? Maybe they just liked the sound of it? Made bending easier? Hah, I don't know to be honest with you... most (if not all) early Van Halen was all a half step down too.
yup, all of the above. SRV used huge strings for fatter tone, the half-step down tuning helps retain some bendability.
 
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