Steel Guitar Tunings
Pedal & Non Pedal
Used By The Pros


Six, Seven And Eight String Lap Steel Guitar Tunings


 

E13TH

1 - G#
2 - E
3 - C#
4 - B
5 - G#
6 - E
7 - D
8 - B or E

Used By Don Helms (Hank Williams), Little Roy Wiggins (Eddy Arnold And George Morgan) And Speedy West (With The 4th String Tuned T A# And A Pedal To Raise It To B (Would Then Be Called F# 9th Tuning))

Half Chromatic and Half Diatonic.

1 - E
2 - C#
3 - B
4 - A
5 - G#
6 - G
7 - F#
8 - F
9 - E
10 - C#

Tuning Used By Eddie Alkire

C6

1 - G
2 - E
3 - C
4 - A
5 - G
6 - E
7 - C
8 - A

Typically Used On Pedal Steels

E13

1 - E
2 - C#
3 - B
4 - G#
5 - F#
6 - D
7 - G#
8 - E

Used By John Ely
(Asleep At The Wheel)

A6

1 - E
2 - C#
3 - A
4 - F#
5 - E
6 - C#
7 - A
8 - F#

Used By Herb Remington
And Other Western Swing Players

E7

1 - E
2 - B
3 - G#
4 - E
5 - D
6 - B
7 - G#
8 - E

Used By Most Players In The Early Years And Is Still A Good Tuning For Hawaiian And Country Playing

A6

1 - E
2 - C#
3 - A
4 - F#
5 - E
6 - C#
7 - Bb

Used By Bobby Koefer

E13 + 9TH

1 - E
2 - C#
3 - B
4 - G#
5 - F#
6 - D
7 - G#
8 - E

Used By Bobby Koefer

Cm6

1 - G
2 - Eb
3 - C
4 - A
5 - G
6 - Eb
7 - A

Used By Bobby Koefer

D9
(Root Omitted)

1 - E
2 - C
3 - A
4 - G
5 - E
6 - C
7 - A
8 - F#

Tuning Used By Joaquin Murphey

A6

1 - E
2 - C#
3 - A
4 - F#
5 - E
6 - C#
7 - A
8 - C

Used By Marty Rifkin.
Good For Western Swing And Has An A Minor On The 8th String. The 8th String Is The Same Gauge And Pitch As The 6th String

E13

1 - E
2 - C#
3 - G#
4 - E
5 - Bb
6 - F#
7 - D# HIGH
8 - F# HIGH

Used By Herb Remington In The 40's And 50's. He Used Smaller gauge Strings On The 7th And 8th Strings. This Is the Forerunner To The E9th Pedal Tuning Used Today

D MAJ 9TH A6TH

1 - E
2 - C#
3 - A
4 - F#
5 - D
6 - B

Used By Slim Yamaguchi
(Mark Chestnut)

   

 

Used By Jerry Byrd  
As Well As Others

C6

1 - E
2 - C
3 - A
4 - G
5 - E
6 - C
7 - A
8 - G

C6 + A7

1 - E
2 - C
3 - A
4 - G
5 - E
6 - C#
7 - C
8 - A 

E9

1 - E
2 - B
3 - G#
4 - F#
5 - E
6 - D
7 - B
8 - G# or E

"Admirable Byrd" LP and can be played on the pedal E9 chromatic tuning

C# mi 7

1 - E
2 - C#
3 - G#
4 - E
5 - D
6 - B
7 - G#
8 - E

DIATONIC

1 - E
2 - C
3 - A
4 - G
5 - F
6 - E
7 - D

B11

1 - E
2 - C#
3 - A
4 - F#
5 - D#
6 - C#
7 - A
8 - F#

 

Tunings Used By Tiny Murphy

Neck #1

1 - E
2 - C
3 - A
4 - G
5 - E
6 - C
7 - A
8 - F#

Neck #2

1 - G
2 - E
3 - C
4 - A
5 - G
6 - Eb
7 - C
8 - A

Neck #3

1 - E
2 - C
3 - A
4 - G
5 - E
6 - D
7 - Bb
8 - F

 

Tunings Used By Leon McAuliffe

Neck #1

1 - G
2 - B
3 - D
4 - E
5 - D
6 - C
7 - B
8 - A


Neck #2

1 - E
2 - C#
3 - B
4 - G#
5 - F#
6 - D
7 - G#
8 - E


Neck #3

1 - E
2 - C#
3 - A
4 - F#
5 - E
6 - C#
7 - A
8 - F#


Neck #4

1 - E
2 - C
3 - A
4 - F#
5 - F
6 - D#
7 - G# HIGH
8 - D


 

Misc. 6 String Non Pedal Tunings

Dobro G

1 - D 016
2 - B 020
3 - G N28w
4 - D N36w
5 - B N36w
6 - G N56w

A
(High Bass)

1 - E 014
2 - C# 017
3 - A 022
4 - E 030w
5 - C# 034w
6 - A 042w

C# Minor 7th

1 - E 014
2 - C# 017
3 - G# 024
4 - E 030w
5 - B 038w
6 - E 056w

E7

1 - E 015
2 - B 020
3 - G# 024
4 - E 030w
5 - D 034w
6 - E 056w

E
(Low Bass)

1 - E 015
2 - B 020
3 - G# 024
4 - E 030w
5 - B 038w
6 - E 056w

C6

1 - E 014
2 - C 018
3 - A 022
4 - G 024w
5 - E 030w
6 - C 036w

C6 With Added 7th

1 - E 014
2 - C 018
3 - A 022
4 - G 024w
5 - E 030w
6 - C# 036w

C# Minor 7th

1 - E 014
2 - C# 017
3 - G# 024w
4 - E 030w
5 - D 032w
6 - B 038w

 

Misc. 8 String Non Pedal Tunings

C 6TH

1 - E 014
2 - C 018
3 - A 022
4 - G 024w
5 - E 030w
6 - C# 034w
7 - C 036w
8 - A 042w

A Major 6TH

1 - E 015
2 - C# 017
3 - A 022
4 - F# 026w
5 - E 030w
6 - C# 034w
7 - A 042w
8 - E 056w

E7TH

1 - E 015
2 - B 020
3 - G# 024
4 - E 030w
5 - D 032w
6 - B 038w
7 - G# 046w
8 - E 056w

E13TH

1 - E 014
2 - C# 017
3 - B 020
4 - G# 024w
5 - E 030w
6 - D 034w
7 - B 038w
8 - G# 046w

E9TH

1 - E 014
2 - B 017
3 - G# 024
4 - F# 026w
5 - D 032w
6 - B 038w
7 - G# 046w
8 - E 056w

B 11TH

1 - E 014
2 - C# 017
3 - A 022
4 - F# 026w
5 - D# 032w
6 - B 038w
7 - F# 050w
8 - B 056w

D 9TH

1 - E 014
2 - C 018
3 - A 022
4 - F# 026w
5 - D 034w
6 - C 036w
7 - A 042w
8 - F# 050w

E 7TH
(HIGH G#)

1 - G# 010
2 - E 014
3 - B 020
4 - G# 024w
5 - E 026w
6 - D 032w
7 - B 038w
8 - G# 056w

C 13TH

1 - E 014
2 - C 018
3 - A 022
4 - G 024
5 - E 030w
6 - C 036w
7 - Bb 040w
8 - G 048w

E 9TH

1 - E 014
2 - B 020
3 - G# 024
4 - F# 026w
5 - E 030w
6 - D 032w
7 - B 038w
8 - G# 046w

 


GHS Pedal Guitar Tunings E9 & C6
Recommended
String Gauges For 24 Inch Scale


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