Warren Ellis Series Alternate Tunings & String Guide

Do you play one of our Warren Ellis guitars - or plan to? Then this guide has everything you need to know about the alternate tunings you can use - and the best strings for each tuning!

Warren Ellis Signature Tenor 2P in Blue

The Warren Ellis Series includes a range of different Warren Ellis signature guitars, including our best-selling Tenor 2P, the Mandocello, the Mandocaster and the Tenor Baritone.

All of these guitars can be tuned to several different guitar tunings, but using certain string gauges for different tunings is recommended.

This guide is designed to allow you to access a wide variety of alternate tunings for any Warren Ellis Series instrument. As we have received so many enquiries about tunings over the last few years, we thought an in depth guide would let everyone explore the possibilities!

Why use different string gauges for different guitar tunings?

Using the suggested gauges will help maintain the correct tensions required for neck stability and playability.

For even more alternate tunings & different (heavier) string gauges, click the button below and we'll send you our complete Warren Ellis Tuning & String Guide as a pdf.



Warren Ellis Tenor tunings

Warren Elis Tenor 2P 

TUNING

STRING GAUGES (LOW TO HIGH)

Standard Tenor 5ths (GDAE)

0.42

0.32

0.18

0.11

Standard Tenor Raised 5ths (CGDA)

0.36

0.24

0.13

0.09

Open D (DADF#)

0.32

0.18

0.13

0.10

Open G (Keef Stones! GDGB)

0.42

0.32

0.24

0.14

Guitar Tuning (Bottom 4 strings: EADG)

0.48

0.38

0.32

0.24

Warren Ellis Mandostang tunings

Warren Ellis Mandostang

TUNING

STRING GAUGES (LOW TO HIGH)

Standard Mandostang 5ths (GDAE)

0.34

0.24

0.14

0.10

Dropped 5ths in D (DAEB)

0.46

0.30

0.20

0.13

Open D (DADF#)

0.46

0.30

0.24

0.18

Open G (GDGB)

0.34

0.24

0.17

0.13

Guitar Octave (Bottom 4 strings: EADG)

0.42

0.30

0.24

0.17


Warren Ellis Tenor Baritone tunings

Warren Ellis Tenor Bartitone

TUNING

STRING GAUGES (LOW TO HIGH)

Standard Baritone 5ths (CGDA)

0.60

0.40

0.26

0.16

G in 5ths (GDAE)

0.40

0.26

0.16

0.10

Open D (DADF#)

0.52

0.36

0.26

0.20

Open G (Keef Stones: GDGB)

0.40

0.26

0.20

0.13

Baritone Tuning (Bottom 4 strings: CFBbEb)

0.60

0.42

0.32

0.24

Guitar Tuning (Bottom 4 strings: EADG)

0.46

0.36

0.26

0.20

Warren Ellis Mandocello tunings

Warren Ellis Mandocello

TUNING

STRING GAUGES (LOW TO HIGH)

Standard MandoCello 5ths (C,C G,G D,D A,A)

0.60 / 0.32

0.40 0.20

0.26 0.26

0.16 / 0.16

G in 5ths (All unison: G,G D,D A,A E,E)

0.40 / 0.40

0.26 / 0.26

0.16 / 0.16

0.10 / 0.10

Open D (D,D A,A D,D F#,F#)

0.52 / 0.26

0.36 / 0.16

0.26 / 0.12

0.20 / 0.20

Open G (G,G D,D G,G B,B)

0.40 / 0.20

0.26 / 0.12

0.20 / 0.20

0.13 / 0.13

Guitar Tuning (Bottom 4 strings: E,E A,A D,D G,G)

0.46 / 0.24

0.36 / 0.16

0.26 / 0.12

0.20 / 0.08

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Notes/disclaimer:
  • Eastwood Guitars Inc accepts no responsibility for any issues that arise as a result of using this guide. This does not effect regular warranties and statutory rights.
  • If you are in any doubt on how to use this guide, we highly recommend referring to your local store or technician.
  • In some cases, truss-rod adjustment may be required when changing tunings.
  • Some alterations may be required to the nut and saddles when making changes in string gauges (eg, swapping a 0.20 gauge string for a 0.46 will likely require a different nut groove). Contact Us to purchase blank nuts.

21 comments

  • Dane

    Anyone have input on EADG tuning on Tenor Baritone model ? Thanks

  • Joshua Woods

    Has anyone tried a baritone tenor with the tuning of the high 4 strings of a baritone guitar instead of the low 4 strings? What string gauges would you suggest? Thanks

  • Howard/Alexia Taliaferro

    I have seen tenor guitar bodies that incorporate 4 double course strings, some with the bottom 2 courses in octaves. These appear to be long scale like bouzouki and tuned like bouzouki, but with guitar bodies. The tunings are any where from DGBE (guitar) to many various bouzouki tunings, mostly GDAD or GDAE. Check out Tim O’Brien, “Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning”, GDAD tuning. I like playing Bouzouki but it is not handy for me to hang on to even with a strap. With Irish tunings and high tension it is resonant but not full bodied. Tim’s guitar/bouzouki must be custom made, don’t see any manufacturers advertising them.

  • Ken

    Also toying with low G Uke tuning, like Russell stayed above, and need suggested gauges.

  • russell

    I am toying with GCEA tuning on tenor electric.
    Any ideas on gauges?? Love some constructive feed back.


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