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D-tuner useful?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by MCT, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. MCT


    Apr 11, 2005
    So it helps you tune down to D when you want to, but if you had your self tuned to D the whole time then there wouldn't be a need for it. I just don't see what the point is. The only reason I want one is because I think it looks super cool.


    I would just like examples in which it would be useful.
  2. personally, i think it would be easier to just have 2 basses.
  3. anonymous278347457

    anonymous278347457 Guest

    Feb 12, 2005
    If you had a song where you had to switch to D in the middle or something would be a good example.

    personally i think i can detune accurate enough myself, they are expensive here in the UK anyway. (i still want one, but its more of a extra than a neccessity).

    oh by the way, if you didnt know Billy sheehan has one on all his basses
  4. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Billy Sheehan has one on every bass, and so do I. Even my acoustic guitar has one. For me, it's that I prefer standard tuning, but since I love four string basses, it makes sense for when I need to go to a low D for part of a song or a whole song and back. Frankly, I play a lot in D and like to use the low D for a drone sometimes.

    For me it's a necessity more than anything.
  5. jamesblue


    Mar 27, 2005
    I have a de-tuner and love it.
    If you're a pro and can have a rodie swap out your bass, feel free not to have the de-tuner.
    BUT, if you're a working Joe, then get the darn de-tuner so if you for-get the swap out your bass to the other de-tuned bass you'll be covered. You could do the show with ONE bass, isn't that great!!
  6. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    I don't see what looks cool about them (or uncool either). It's about the music.

    I have them on my basses because they do a job and they do it well. I use them to go from B to A on my B strings. You can set them to drop a larger interval but there's such a huge difference in string tension that it doesn't seem practical if you actually want to play the string and not just throm on it when open.

    And if you are ALREADY in D you could use it to go down to C.
  7. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Now that I reread your statement, and see this, I don't think they're right for you. It's not about looks (yes, it's nice to have a fancy piece of hardware nobody can recognize) but frankly, it's about the sound, the bass, the music.
  8. MCT


    Apr 11, 2005
    If you want to drop to D why not just stay in D and not have the D-tuner?That's what I'm asking.
    Just give me some DETAILED examples of when it would come in useful. I understand that maybe you'll need the D, but why not just play in throughout the whole song?:confused:

    Don't get me wrong here I'm all about the music, but also think that the D-tuners look super cute on a bass. Kind of like the 4 to 1 headstock on a MM jazz bass.
  9. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Well, does your band have some songs in E and some songs in D?
  10. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Because keeping your E string tuned to D while the other strings are in standard tuning will alter all of the fingering patterns you'd usually use. And what if you want an open E for a song? As Tim said, they can go to different intervals as well. I'm having a detuner put on every string on my fretless that's being built.

    If you want to see all of the possibilities detuners can give you, watch this Michael Manring video. He has a detuner (Hipshot Xtenders) on each string, as well as a special bridge that allows him to switch between three different tunings.
  11. ERMAL


    Jun 20, 2003
    San Antonio, TX
    Okay MCT - I'll try to be as specific as I can. For example - I've played the song "American Girl" (by Tom Petty) in a couple of bands at one time or another. The song is in the key of D. I start out the song with the E string tuned to E.
    In the middle of the tune (2:32 to be exact) I come back in with the E now tuned to a D - and finish the song out. The bass coming back in with the big low D makes, IMO , for a much more dramatic effect than justing dropping to D for the whole tune. When the song is over - flip the lever back and I'm back in standard tuning - no hassle of switching basses, yada, yada, yada....I'll make the switch within certain songs as well - going back and forth between the E/D. I've used the tuner to go down to C as well and found it just as useful and that was with a .110 - .107 E string - no floppiness issues at all. I've got them on both my J-Bass and P-Bass.
  12. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    I find mine very useful.
    I could probably live without it but it's a very handy device.
  13. orlfl


    Jul 22, 2005
    Good reason for D-Tuner

    Run Like Hell
    Have a Cigar
    Another Brick in the Wall
  14. MCT


    Apr 11, 2005
    ERMAL and the rest of you thanks sooo much.

    Okay I get it now. There's this song that my band plays that I've been wanting to play a whole octave lower during the bridge to give it a more powerful feeling, but I don't have the notes at all in standard tuning, and I could just drop the tuning btu if I did that I'd have to drop the tuning on all of my strings just to make it playable. AHHH!!! Man it's an epiphany. I need this D-tuner.
  15. Rat


    Mar 15, 2005
    Boston Sewers
    we did a lot of songs in drop d and alot in e .....so it saved alot of time in between the song .....we really liked our sets to flow with little or no dead air ...
  16. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    On my Five- and Six-strings I use it set to low B for some songs, and to low A for others - and sometimes even flip it just for a note or phrase here and there. Also, it allows you to reach different low notes while playing chords on the higher-pitched strings, but you're not stuck with a drop tuning when the music wasn't conceived around it in the first place.

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