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Re: Anyone here tuning guitars in fifths?

All good points, van!

On Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 10:41 PM, van Sinn <vansinn@post.cybercity.dk> 
> My view on fifth tuning is that fanned frets / multiscale is needed, else
> the strings will simply vary too much in gauges.

Yes, that's true for fifths in cascading octaves as well as for
ordinary eight stringed in fourths. My idea for tuning in fifths is to
overlap string ranges by tuning 1st (and maybe also 2nd) an octave
lower but still at E and B (C B D A E B) so chord shapes stay the same
as if it was .

> I have the feeling you may want the fifth for fretless, which will of 
> cause
> eliminate the need for bending,

I have tried fretless six stringed in fifths on the cello and doing
this is the reason I'm now interested in having it with frets, so I
can bend.

> and as such circumvent high string breakage
> to some extend.  You'll still need to observe the max tensile strength,
> though.

The overlapping by octave shifting the top string(s) takes care of that.

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen