They are basically only good for solo artists. For a band, not so much. As modern metal sees guitars and basses down fighting their way down into the mud, I remind them that two of the best metal bands ever played most of their pioneering work is in concert pitch, and mostly never tune below a step down. Those bands are Metallica and Megadeth. Pantera gets an honorable mention. I challenge anyone to say those bands aren't hard enough. They decided on the specific range for guitar and bass for a reason. Detuning is fun and all, but let's not get too crazy here. It's not a substitute for talent and songwriting.


It's not my tonal preference, but I think they're just as valid as any other type of guitar playing. I do think it's silly to have an 8 string guitar and not use anything except the lowest string. But I don't wanna gatekeep, I'm just glad people are having fun.


I'm not trying to gatekeep at all. I hope it's not coming off that way.


Not at all! That was centric to my comment, not your post.


On bass extra strings (like a six string bass) are generally used for providing extra notes in each position, not just extra notes in general. So instead of playing up and down the neck a person could instead play across the neck. Someone correct me if I’m wrong but I’m assuming guitar works under this same principle.