You're out! 6 songs with out-of-tune guitar or bass parts

The Kinks' Dave Davies [left] and Ray Davies - playing a Fender Malibu acoustic - chill in a dressing room in 1966 (Image credit: Ivan Keeman/Redferns/Getty Images)

A few years ago, the gang at Reverb put together a list called It’s All Relative: 5 Great Out-of-Tune Recordings. That story featured instruments that aren’t tuned to concert pitch - A=440Hz - and/or not simply tuned down a half-step, in the style of Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Below, however, we’re offering up a selection of songs featuring instruments that aren’t quite in tune with each other. Or, to explain it another way, your band has 16 strings (two six-string electric or acoustic guitars and a four-string bass), but at least one of those strings is in its own world and isn’t getting along nicely with the other 15.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.