- "'Stretch Out' I think, is in open G tuning: D,G,D,G,B,G."
- Johnny Marr
From the quote above, Marr says he 'thinks' the song is in open G, but the general consensus is that it's actually in open E. For instance, Headmaster Ritual is definitely in open E, and Johnny would sometimes play Stretch Out And Wait immediately afterwards, on the same guitar.
I do have a Guitar Pro tab file that I have uploaded here(right click to save as). This is a really accurate transcription to my ears, in the correct tuning(!). marrzipan also transcribed his version and I have included it in this same zip file. These versions are both in open E, but they are both different.
Here is the complete score from the "Louder Than Bombs:Off The Record" book:
Here's marrzipan's version. This is one of the very few versions of the song on youtube that are played in open E, as marr played it. So cool!
Here's a nice version by backinnyc, in standard tuning on a 12-string Rickenbacker:
Here's a cool cover by theglimpse, who also plays the song in open E:
Here's dhowellbassist on a ric 360:
barjabulon covers a short snippet here, very well:
orestes3009 does a really nice bass cover here:
And here is the Smiths playing live on June 29, 1985. Here we can see that Marr has his telecaster tuned up to open E: