Different Hz Tunings for a Guitar

By Sean O'Rourke
Guitar strings should be changed after 20 hours of playing time.

For most conventional acoustic and electric guitars, there are six strings. Each string, when strummed or picked openly, releases a unique audio frequency that identifies the note to tuners and, on a more advanced level, the human ear. While there are practically unlimited possibilities in regard to guitar tuning, a large majority of guitarists use one of two tunings, each of which are relative to the standard tuning of a guitar.

Standard Tuning

Standard tuning is the most popular tuning among acoustic and electric guitar players. On a guitar set in standard tuning, the strings going from bass to treble are E, A, D, G, B and E. Their corresponding Hertz (Hz) frequencies are 82, 110, 147, 196, 247 and 300 Hz. Guitars tuned to standard should be done so using a 440 Hz tuning fork.

E-Flat Tuning

E-flat tuning is all strings having their open note values reduced by one half note; the new sequence of notes will now be Eb, G#, C#, F#, Bb and Eb. To a tuning fork set to 440 Hz, the Hz of each note is 77, 103, 138, 185, 233 and 11 Hz.

Drop D Tuning

Drop D tuning refers to all six guitar strings being tuned one full step down. Using a tuning fork of 440 Hz, the frequencies of notes D, G, C, F, A and D, and their corresponding Hz frequencies are 73, 98, 130, 174, 220 and 293.

About the Author

Sean O'Rourke has been a professional freelance writer since 2006. He has served as the primary content creator for numerous retail websites including Boating.com and SportsMemorabilia.com. O'Rourke holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from William Paterson University.