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Drop D tuner

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 6String69, Dec 2, 2020.

  1. 6String69

    6String69 Tele-Holic

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    My band does one song with drop D, Margaya. I installed this thing on my guitar. It doesn’t seem to line up with my other tuners. I had to lean it forward a bit so that it had room to move. It does seem to work though. Kind of debating keeping it.

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  2. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Yeah I've got one of those things on a strat.
    There's a newer and reportedly better option available and little birdies told me I've got one coming for Christmas
    https://www.pitch-key.com/
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    gregulator450 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I have installed several of these for a customer/friend on both basses and guitars, including the bass in my avatar pic. They work pretty well, and I don't recall having a problem lining them up.

    @blowtorch what is the newer, better option that these little birdies have told you about?
     
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    How does that work? What's the product called? It's pretty interesting.

    It only looks like it affects the 6th string, what happens to the others since it's a Jazzmaster?

    I'm learning something in Drop D right now and it's super annoying on my JM style guitar because you can't just tune the 6th string to D, the tremolo causes all the other strings to go out of tune.. it takes 3-4 passes across all the strings before you've got all the tensions balanced again.

    It actually made me think about a gadget like this but it has a lever that locks and unlocks a Trem with the flick of a switch.. lock the trem, tune to your alternate tuning, play your song, set it back to standard, then unlock the trem. I'm sure you'd need to check the tuning again but it's surely eliminate the whole thing of making multiple passes over the strings before it settles in. If you combined it with this gadget it'd really make things easy.

    The whole thing would be kludgey of course...
     
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    It is the Hipshot Xtender.
     
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    I put an American Professional neck on my guitar to get the 22nd fret and the tuners are shorter than this one, even when lined up.
     
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    Got it. That makes sense!
     
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    gregulator450 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Sweet, thanks!
     
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    Will it work on the high E too? N Young drop D drops both E strings....
    .looks like it only goes to Eb on the high E....
     
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    gregulator450 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    This is officially cool.
     
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    Keith tuner...
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  13. cousinpaul

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    I had a Hipshot drop D tuner on a Taylor acoustic. I'd still have to touch up the tuning when using it but that big hunk of metal screwed to the peg head changed the guitar's tone in a good way.

    Seriously, I notice some of Fender's JM guitars have the button on the tailpiece that locks the trem and some don't. If your guitar doesn't have it, maybe an upgrade is in order for use with a D dropper.
     
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    I have one and leave it up. I can still push down on the trem and use it just fine
     
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    Right, more like decking the trem than locking it.
     
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    The Pitch Key device is a lifesaver...inexpensive, non-invasive and works like a charm.

    I've been tempted so many time to buy a Hipshot but didn't like the idea of changing a tuner, particularly a vintage styled tuner.
     
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    I've gotten pretty good at tuning my low e string to d while I play, at least on my main tele. You practice and get the feel of it and you can give it just the right turn in one motion without any extra gadget.
     
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    I may go back to that lol. The gadget doesn’t really work that well I’m finding. Especially with fresh strings. I end up messing with it so much that it really isn’t any easier than just downtuning.
     
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    I do have the Hipshot on my bass, and am always on the lookout for another for my back-up bass.

    I do imagine that they'd wreak havoc on a tremolo equipped guitar, though.
     
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