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j bradley


posted 06 June 2003 09:27 PM     profile     
Does anyone know what tuning Robert Randolph uses? Looking for use on an 8 string non-pedal and 10 string/pedal; I love his sound.
Bobby Lee

From: Cloverdale, North California, USA

posted 06 June 2003 10:16 PM     profile     
Robert Randolph uses a variant of the Sacred Steel E7th tuning. I'm not sure exactly, but I think it's pretty close to this:


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 LKL LKV LKR RKL RKR


G# A G

E F F#

D C# Eb C#

B C# Bb

G# A# A G

E F F#

E D Eb F

B C# C# Bb

G# A G

E F# F# F

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[This message was edited by Bobby Lee on 06 June 2003 at 10:19 PM.]

Mark van Allen

From: loganville, Ga. USA

posted 07 June 2003 08:44 AM     profile     
Hi, J. and b0b, a good friend of mine is now Robert's steel tech. He sent me his current tuning which he says is on both of his 13 string Fessys. It's pretty much the one b0b posted, the 2nd string is now tuned to D# with no pulls, the third string G# is now lowered to G on pedal one, which also raises string 11 to A# along with the other two changes. The 13th string is a B pulled to C# on pedal 2,and lowered to Bb on LL. Pedal 7 now lowers strings 4 and 9 to D. Looks like Robert's been doing some experimenting...

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Wayne Cox

From: Chatham, Louisiana, USA

posted 08 June 2003 10:23 PM     profile     
For whatever this is worth,Robert really doesn't appear to use his pedals and levers very much in his live performances. To be more specific,it looks like he does most scales and runs without pedals,then utilizes the pedals for quick chord changes when playing rhythm. Just my personal observations. ~~W.C.~~

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