D-tuner question?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by beyondthe48, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. beyondthe48

    beyondthe48 Guest

    Apr 29, 2007
    i mean HIPSHOT extender for dropping to D on the fly.

    do you need a special bridge to use this? or anything other than a setup?

  2. Widdershins


    Aug 28, 2007
    Nothing special is needed. Assuming you buy the right model for your bass, it's just drop in & go.
  3. Just make sure you read Hipshot's installion and tuning/fine tuning instructions, watch the video on their site or on YouTube and you'll be fine. The people that complain about it slipping out of tune simply don't do the above.. I haven't needed to tune my Hipshot in months as long as it was properly in tune at the beginning.
  4. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    My experience is the same as Ian's, although I do have to reset it if I change strings (brands and/or gauges). If you're a big Drop D guy, it's $75 well spent.

    I have one on my Jazz V - so my B string goes to A. :cool:
  5. deaf pea

    deaf pea

    Mar 24, 2005
    Cuernavaca 1 hr S Mexico City
    Seymour Duncan/Basslines SMB-5A Endorsing Artist
    ALL of my basses have hipshot extenders on the lowest string . . . and ALL of the low fivers go down to "A", too! :cool:
  6. Widdershins


    Aug 28, 2007
    I guess I give people's intelligence a little more credit then they deserve.:meh:
  7. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    You gotta knock that crap off, sonny boy... ;)
  8. Widdershins


    Aug 28, 2007
    Yeah, I guess that looks a little harsh.
    I'm just surprised that people would spend a good bit of money to modify their bass and not read the instructions.;)
  9. JTE

    JTE Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    I managed a guitar store for 11 years, and it's amazing what folks do. One band brought in their PA cabs because the woofers quit working. The magnets were sheared off the 15" drivers. I found out that they were too lazy to actually carry the cabs, so they'd slide them to the end of the tailgate, and let them drop to the ground.

    The guitarist who had us set his intonation, and a week later it was off again. Why? Because he didn't like the way the saddles looked so he put them in a straight line.

    Or the guy who broke the G string on our first 5-string bass, because he was trying to tune it up to C. He figured it was stupid to have it tuned B E A D G.

    And my buddy Troy who wanted a Jazz Bass PUP on his Rick. So he bought a Duncan 1/4 Jazz PUP, and stuck it on his bass. He didn't use a cover. He just stuck some screws through the machining holes in the PUP bobbin and screwed the PUP to the body. Of course the coils got broken and he was upset that Duncan wouldn't cover it under warranty.

    The guy who thougt my Music Man StingRay was defective because if you wind up all the knobs all the way, it sounded funny. Couldn't get it through his head that active electronics don't necassarily require you to crank the tone controls wide open...

    So, the idea of reading an owners' manual and actually trying to figure out how to make something work is far-fetched for some people.