Magazine article Guitar Player

Performance Notes: Staind

Magazine article Guitar Player

Performance Notes: Staind

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While watching their third album, Break the Cycle [Elektra/Asylum], climb to number one on the Billboard charts, guitarist Mike Mushok and his band Staind have left their mark on hundreds of stages around the world--most recently as headliners alongside Stone Temple Pilots on the Family Values 2001 tour.

Does using so many alternate tunings pose any problems? The most common tuning I use is A[flat], D[flat], A[flat], D[flat], G[flat], B[flat], and the problem with regular-scale guitars is that you can't get enough tension in the strings when you tune that low--they're like rubber bands. So I had Ibanez build me some 28"- and 30"-scale baritone versions of their S Series guitars, and I put .014-.075-gauge strings on them. In fact, the sixth string is a bass string, which wouldn't fit through the tuning peg, so I had to have the hole drilled out. I also have a couple of Novax baritones with fanned frets. …

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