Originally Posted by schantist
The only reason you can't play along with For Whom the Bell Tolls in E standard is because the tape was accidentally sped up in the studio, resulting in the pitch actually being about a quarter of a step above E. But no, they did not tune their guitars up higher than E standard. It was pretty much the result of an accident that got it in between E and F.
Peace Sells, on the other hand, I believe was tuned 1/4 of a step below E, so it is in between E and Eb. That, I'm pretty sure, was done on purpose.