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  1. #1

    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Selectable gear ratio tuners from Graphtech

    Thoughts? No locking tuners yet, but I've emailed my GraphTech rep to see if I can order them individually.

    Selectable ratio tuners

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    Join Date: Mar 2010
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    The big problem I see is that are too many non-linear terms in the frequency/tension/scale-length/string-gauge equation and I can't see this working well once you step away from standard-tuned, 25-1/2", "light" strings.

    The Ultimate Question: What string gauge is needed for 18.84# of tension when tuned to E2 on a 27" scale guitar?

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    I love the concept and I'd love to try out a set.

    I hope they release a locking version as well

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    It's a really neat idea, and i'd love to try a set. But i have similar concerns as ElRay... i can't see these necessarily working for every gauge and string tension.

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    Join Date: Feb 2010
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    Neat idea that didn't need to be made.

    I mean I suppose it's good for that pussy music some of you guys like about flowers or whatever where the Zakk Galifinkis looking guy beats his guitar. But I like real music about dragons.

  6. #6

    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    They wouldn't work very well for every tuning out there. Mainly for the very few players who actually change the tuning of their g string. But I don't really seeing string gauge making much a difference. Whether you use a .46 or a .52 the low e is still going to be preferable at a higher ratio. And even if you were using a particularly heavy high e 12:1 is still not that low of a ratio.

    Personally I have no use for these. I tune just fine with normal tuners and would probably get annoyed with an inconsistent ratio across the high e, b, and g strings.

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    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    Strikes me as a solution for something that wasn't ever really a problem.

    But, I don't change tunings much.
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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    I got this email from Graphtech today too... Just seems gimmicky. Swing and a miss IMO.

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