Submitted August 29, 2015 by Hugh T in Sacramento, CA
"Thank God Someone thought of the D-Tuna!!!!"
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Listen up you less experience guitarists, this is NOT a "Tuner" as one of the first review thought. IT IS a D-Tunning mechanism. It is created to instantly drop your E to a D at a pull of a switch. NOT designed to "tune" all your strings. That's the job of a tuner. First of all, it had been my long time wish to be able to just drop my low E to a D on my locking tremolo. My regular "non locking tremolo" guitars have done a great job but I can't dive my strings when doing songs like "Eruption" or those dives sections you hear in "Bark At the Moon." Frustrated. NOW I don't have to switch guitars during stage performances. I've been playing with this thing for a few days now...and I just wanted to give my thoughts about it before my ears become too adjusted to it. First, WHAT YOU GAIN: Instant dropping from E to D with ease and no more need to switch your precious double locking tremolo axe. Second, no more need to constantly unlock and readjust your springs to redo the D tunning.WHAT YOU LOSE: the full bass response you normally get in the low E. This is due to the E locking boot being raised up from the tremolo in order to switch back to an E tuning (because the Low E is actually tuned to the D while the D-Tuna is DISENGAGED. So while in E, the string has to vibrate the sound thru the D-Tuna before the sound is transferred to the tremolo itself. So in a way, the D-Tuna kinda filters out the Low-Mid bass frequency that produces that warm mid-bass sound. In a sense, the low E then sounds slightly thin (at least to my ears). SECONDLY, no matter how much I had tried to move/adjust my neck, bridge, and springs, I can't get the strings to stay in complete tune. Because the unit tunes all your strings while in the D, by switching (or engaging the D-Tuna switch) to the E, at least two of the 6 strings tend to sound a little sharp. This may not be true for everyone, folks. It may just be that I need to spend a bit more time readjusting my tremolo boots to get better intonations. Maybe that will do the trick? who knows.But, for what it does, it's a great item. I wouldn't switch it to standard tuning for recording though because of the slightly flat notes in the two strings. I'll like use my standard LP.
Loss of mid-bass frequency - thereby, causes the low E to sound slightly thin.
simple push/pull. great invention. Functions as it should.
Ease of Use
Easy to engage and disengage from E to D (visa versa).
so far it seems well made. But we'll see about that by this time next year or two.
have not needed yet.
The Wow Factor
the WOW factor? Well, one word. Awesome (overall), but I gave only 3 stars under sound because it does filter out the thick mid-bass I kinda want to hear in my E string...so this kinda drop in sound quality for me.
30 years experience musician - lots of stage and studio time
Metal, progressive, classic rock
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