Guitarists Who Frequently Use Eb Standard Tuning

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For those of you who don't understand music, Eb Standard Tuning is where all of the strings on a guitar are tuned down a half step (one note lower than standard tuning). A lot of guitarists use this tuning to loosen the strings a little bit and make the songs easier to play. To be on this list, the guitarist must frequently (or have frequently) used this tuning while playing. Feel free to add more examples.

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1 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

Jimi was one of the first rock guitarists to drop his guitar down to Eb (he also frequently used D). - Gg2000

2 Stevie Ray Vaughan Stevie Ray Vaughan Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and ...read more.

All of his work with Double Trouble is in Eb Standard. It was pretty much a necessity for him because he used.12 gauge strings, which are really heavy by guitar player standards. - Gg2000

3 Eddie Van Halen Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

All of his prime Van Halen work (except for some parts of 1984) is in Eb standard tuning. - Gg2000

4 Slash Slash Saul Hudson, known professionally as Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

It is a rarity to hear a Guns N' Roses song in standard tuning. - Gg2000

5 The Edge The Edge David Howell Evans, better known by his stage name the Edge, is an Irish musician and songwriter best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist of the rock band U2.

He used Eb standard tuning on the first three U2 albums and the songs "Bullet the Blue Sky" and "Desire", and he continued to use it while playing live throughout the 80s and the early 90s. - Gg2000

6 Ace Frehley Ace Frehley Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band Kiss.

All of Kiss' 70s songs (with the exception of some of the songs on Dynasty) are in Eb tuning. - Gg2000

7 Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

Most of Green Day's early stuff (such as Dookie and Insomniac) is in Eb. - Gg2000

8 Jerry Cantrell Jerry Cantrell Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. is an American musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist best known as the founder, lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and main songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains.

Most of Alice in Chains' stuff is in Eb standard. - Gg2000

9 Fast Eddie Clarke

He and the rest of Motorhead started tuning their instruments down when they recorded Overkill; from then on, they played in Eb standard tuning. - Gg2000

10 Kirk Hammett Kirk Hammett Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

Metallica has played in Eb standard tuning since 1995. - Gg2000

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