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Hello! I want to buy myself this new Ibanez RGD61ALA-MTR. I am pretty new to this whole guitar world and some things are so difficult for me to understand, I am sorry if I ask stupid questions but my question is that. Can I standard E tune this guitar? The guitar scale length  is 26,5 and It comes with standard D tuning. I really like this guitar because how heavy you can play with that but I also want to play clean nice songs sometimes in standard E. So can I just tune this RGD guitar and play in standard E and down tune to lets say drop D If I want to play more metal? Thank you all!

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You can totally tune it to E standard, you just might want to use lighter (thinner) strings for that than you would for D standard so they don't feel too tight. Give it a shot in the factory tuning first, see how it feels, then experiment. I'd probably start with a light set like Ernie Ball Super Slinkys, or even something a little lighter, and just see how it feels for a while. Ernie Balls are pretty good, inexpensive, widely available, and they come in sets of a bunch of different gauges, so it's easy to try something a little looser or tighter if you want to see how it feels after a while. If you just want to play in drop D sometimes (which is where you only tune the lowest string from E down to D), then you can probably use the same strings as you would for E standard. If you find yourself playing in drop D all of the time it might be worth trying a thicker low string. 

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Like FA said if you’re going to tune to E standard your want a lighter gauge of string, part of the fun of guitar is experimenting and seeing what works for you. I would certainly try the factory setup first it might be something that’s comfortable for you to play with.

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9 minutes ago, FatherAlabaster said:

You can totally tune it to E standard, you just might want to use lighter (thinner) strings for that than you would for D standard so they don't feel too tight. Give it a shot in the factory tuning first, see how it feels, then experiment. I'd probably start with a light set like Ernie Ball Super Slinkys, or even something a little lighter, and just see how it feels for a while. Ernie Balls are pretty good, inexpensive, widely available, and they come in sets of a bunch of different gauges, so it's easy to try something a little looser or tighter if you want to see how it feels after a while. If you just want to play in drop D sometimes (which is where you only tune the lowest string from E down to D), then you can probably use the same strings as you would for E standard. If you find yourself playing in drop D all of the time it might be worth trying a thicker low string. 

Thank you for answering my question so quick! You seem like professional so I am going to ask. Do you know Guitars about same price range 1000-1300 that are good for like death metal or something heavy like that without being RGD. I want to buy myself guitar which is really simple to use. Simple to drop and de drop. I am not saying RGD are difficult but I though maybe you know something awesome that I would like. Thank you again

 

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2 minutes ago, Chaos_Instinct said:

Thank you for answering my question so quick! You seem like professional so I am going to ask. Do you know Guitars about same price range 1000-1300 that are good for like death metal or something heavy like that without being RGD. I want to buy myself guitar which is really simple to use. Simple to drop and de drop. I am not saying RGD are difficult but I though maybe you know something awesome that I would like. Thank you again

 

There are lots of good guitars out there, but honestly it doesn't get much simpler than that Ibanez. It's got a good fixed bridge, simple controls, nothing to get in your way. I'd probably enjoy playing one of those. I will say, though, you don't need a long scale length to tune low and you don't need to tune low to play heavy. You might find yourself more comfortable on a guitar with a standard Gibson (24.75") or Fender (25.5") scale length, and any of those guitars will handle drop D or D standard just fine. 

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2 minutes ago, FatherAlabaster said:

There are lots of good guitars out there, but honestly it doesn't get much simpler than that Ibanez. It's got a good fixed bridge, simple controls, nothing to get in your way. I'd probably enjoy playing one of those. I will say, though, you don't need a long scale length to tune low and you don't need to tune low to play heavy. You might find yourself more comfortable on a guitar with a standard Gibson (24.75") or Fender (25.5") scale length, and any of those guitars will handle drop D or D standard just fine. 

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FA is on the money again, I Gibsons can be a little bit pricey and but if you would probably be able to get a decent Epiphone basically the baby Gibsons in the price range you’re looking at. I have a bit of a preference for Dean but I will admit they aren’t great entry-level guitars.

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