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Drop D Tuning – The Easy Way

September 27, 2018 by Alex Storrie in Bass Gear, Guitars & Gear

What is Drop D?

For those who are unfamiliar with this tuning, Drop D tuning is just another alternative to Standard Tuning. For example; E Standard on a guitar would become D, A, D, G, A, E and a Bass in E Standard would become D, A, D, G.

How do I tune to Drop D?

It is easy to achieve and simply involves using your guitar’s machine head to the tune the bottom E string down a whole-tone (or two steps) to D.

Is there a even quicker and easier way?

Although dropping down to D easy to achieve, it may not always be practical. Pulling out your headstock tuner or looking down at a tuning pedal is never a good look, and certainly isn’t particularly professional in the middle of a song. If you find you need to go between E and D often and quickly, then a Drop D Tuning Key may be exactly what you need.

A Drop D Tuning Key or “Detuner” simply replaces your existing bottom E machine head on your guitar or bass. With just the flip of a lever, you can drop down from E Standard to D.


Hipshot produce a full range of guitar and bass Xtenders that do just that! You can read more about the Hipshot Detuners HERE

About Alex Storrie

Owner and Managing Director of BTN Music UK