Was the player Slava Grigorian?gilles T wrote: ↑Thu May 21, 2015 8:46 pmHello,
Few days ago,on YT, I was impressed by a recent rendition of Bach's 1007 suite played on a baritone classical guitar. So I looked at my old beater with fresh eyes and wondered if I can do anything to achieve this lush and low sound.
Well, I installed a low B-string (Savarez 5209R) as a sixth and then a regular set of Savarez hard tension (but any set will do the job) from E to B. So the guitar is tuned to B-E-A-D-F#-B.
And it does work fine !
No drilling, no modifications, just an extra b-string and so it goes... The Bach suites 1007 to 1012 sound very effective in that tuning, without having to add bass notes in order to "fill" the harmony : the tuning is so resonant that you get something really close to the cello sound.
If you have an old guitar you don't play often and want to experiment someting fresh, I strongly advice to try this tip.
PS : I post this thread in the "strings" section, because that's what it's all about, but if the moderation wish to move it elsewhere, it's not a problem for me.
Thanks for the advice, it looks like Magma strings are hard to come by here in the USA but I'll keep my eye out. I'll order the La Bella 7SG set to start and see how that goes. I don't have the Yamaha here yet, I'm curious how the nut will take to baritone tuning. A poster over on mandolincafe inspired me to start tuning a baritone ukulele in cello tuning (CDGA) which actually turned out well, it sounds good for playing the Cello Suites and such on. that modification involved using a Pyramid 7 string set.gilles T wrote: ↑Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:27 pm@seter
hello, many moons since my OP and inbetween I discovered the "Magma transpositor" strings which come in a variety of low tunings and lets you string a regular CG as a bass guitar (one full octave lower).
Not many reviews on the web (but a few vids on YT), and my post in the strings section of this forum didn't raise any interest so far.
I'm very happy with these strings which settle in quickly and have a nice sound while not being very expensive and don't call for any modification on the guitar. If you give them a try, I'll be happy to hear further from you.