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Do you guys like your hipshot d tuners?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Broadstbully22, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. Broadstbully22


    Dec 5, 2011
    I'm thinking about putting one on my jazz and have never actually seen or used one and don't want to spend that much without some feedback. So any positives and negatives would be appreciated. Thinking about buying it this weekend.
  2. brandau


    Jan 30, 2008
    Yeah they're pretty cool. Super convenient. I had one on my jazz but it created a pretty bad dead spot on C(5th fret) on my G string... Must have been the added mass.
  3. Broadstbully22


    Dec 5, 2011
    Huh. Never thought about that.
  4. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    I've never had any problems with mine. I like every one that I've tried!
  5. I recently added one to my Lakland DJ4 and love it. I use to have a few off-brand ones that did the same function but the Hipshot brand d tuner is far superior and very very convenient. It's super nifty and makes ya look cool haha!
  6. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    They are indispensable IMO. Vintage instruments aside I wouldn't play a 4 string without one.
  7. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I love mine! Very handy, and very reliable.
  8. Love it, I can play drop D songs without retuning.
  9. Johno Dunn

    Johno Dunn Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    Carpinteria, Ca.
    What he said!
  10. JohnnyD


    Sep 16, 2012
    Orlando, Florida
    I would definitely recommend having one installed. Once you get it set up and use to the tuning it is awesome. Never had any problems at all and have used them for years.
  11. hags2k


    Jan 27, 2010
    I saw that they have a double-stop model now as well. Does anyone know if the notes must be a whole step apart? I was thinking being able to drop to Eb and D would be extremely useful, but if the dropped notes have to be a whole step apart that wouldn't be possible...
  12. You will not regret having one put on your bass. I love mine!
  13. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    I have Hipshot D-Tuners that are now older than a lot of TB members and are still going strong. Essential tool, love 'em.....
  14. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    Ive had 2 basses with the D-tuner, they work very well but i found i never really used it. I dont think its worth the cost but it can be a great thing to have, its usually just icing on the cake when buying a Bass...
  15. I have one on my P Bass and think it is great.
    I don't use it much but, every once in a while, I'm very glad I have it.

    If you need that low D (or Eb) a lot, you should probably consider
    a 5-stringer. But, for occasional use, the Drop-D tuner is excellent.

    Another nice feature is that, if you ever decide to remove it
    (e.g. want bass to be original or don't like it), you can take it
    off and put your original tuner back on. The installation is
    completely reversible.
  16. Tal Wilkenfeld likes them when she's playing with Jeff Beck:
  17. brotherbassj


    Sep 20, 2008
    Jim Dunlop USA, King Kong Cases, Golden Eagle Energy Drink
    I love them! They are on all my basses
  18. canshaker


    Dec 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Ashdown/ESP/Dunlop/Line 6/Normandy.
  19. halfjackson


    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I've had one on my Lakland DJ4 for a few years now, and I wouldn't own a 4 string without one. Every few months you may need to tweak the calibration, but it's really easy and fast. Installation is easy too.

    Warning: The open D is super awesome and you may grow attached to it.:bassist: I miss it on basses that have a low B string.

    So definitely buy with confidence; they are fantastic and you'll probably never look back.
  20. I've got them on two basses, both of my (fretless) fours.

    There's no down side that I can think of, and the ability to land a low D or Eb anytime is cool.

    When I've got a lot to do south of the low D, well, that's what the 5-string is for. I have tuned the drop lower than D, but then it makes you really have to climb the neck to get to the F, F#, G, and G#. A five becomes much more useable at that point.

    All the best,