I'll try and keep this short, but it requires a little explaining...
Acquired new guitar. It's short scale. I want to start using D standard/drop C for my own music, but still require Eb/drop C# guitars for my covers band. Gig regularly so separate guitars are needed for all tunings, can't be swapping tunings/gauges/set-ups as and when I please.
My original idea was to keep everything as it is with the existing stable of guitars that I gig with (all 25.5"), and use this new addition (24.75") for D standard/drop C.
But the more I've thought about it, I think I'd rather put the new guitar into the gigging stable, pull out one of the 25.5ers and use that for D standard/Drop C instead.
I base this solely on the premise that a) I'll have to use huge strings which I'd rather not, and b) the tone would be too fat/sludgy down that low on a short scale guitar, where as I'd like it to retain that snap and crunch.
So I was just wondering; are there any examples where D standard or lower has been used on a short scale guitar but it still sounds tight and defined? The only "low tunings on short scale" players I can think of all play sludge/doom/stoner :\
There's another facet to this though - the short scale guitar makes the most sense as it's TOM-bridged, i.e. no trem so swapping between D standard and drop C isn't a problem. All the 25.5" guitars are Floyd-equipped. This isn't the end of the world as I won't be using those tunings live, they're just for my own recording purposes, but still... something to consider.
Amon Amarth (Drop A)
Dark Tranquility (C#)