All of the
Variax models allow you to do the virtual capo thing / different tunings. It's success
depends on how far you take it (the smaller the pitch shifting jump the less artefact
there is) and your expectations vs reality
Re: What's this guitar U2's Edge uses?
#994425 - 24/06/12 09:43 AM
Seriously useful feature of Variaxes. Mostly I use standard tuning, but I use drop-D to
put a great grungy sound on the "Heard it through the grapevine" riff. And I found that
the "Every breath you take" riff is a *lot* easier in open-G. Without a Variax, I'd have
to take five to retune, or have multiple guitars. With a Variax, it's just a
Agreed that extreme detuning doesn't work. Dropping a full
octave is kind of like a bass, but not really - it doesn't have the fatness of a proper
bass sound. But a few semitones works very well indeed.
One thing it doesn't
get, of course, is the sympathetic resonance between strings that you get with a true
dropped tuning. This isn't significant on an electric, but it's a major part of the sound
of dropped/open tunings on an acoustic. So YMMV on how well it does the job for you.