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Major Innovation in Bass Tuning Gear Design

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    NoahJames Guitars expands it product line to include precision parts, with the release of JENZ precision machine heads, heralding a major breakthrough in tuning gear technology for electric basses.

    Developed by music industry veteran guitar designer and custom builder, James Donahue, new JENZ machine heads are direct, drop-in replacements for the familiar open-back, elephant-ear-style bass tuning gears that have been standard equipment on one-piece-neck electric basses since their introduction. Donahue’s patent-pending, innovative machine heads address shortcomings that have plagued electric bass design since its inception. Turns out that threaded posts on JENZ gears are the secret sauce – strings are channeled to anchor at the lowest point on the machine head post, improving overall headstock stability and also eliminating headstock bowing! Overall bass neck structural integrity is thereby improved to the point that many ailments common to one-piece necks are mitigated. First, string installation is significantly improved. Strings automatically wrap neatly and snugly around the tuning post without any winding error, so a string can’t bind against itself and become prone to sticking or slippage. Second, the common predicament that many bassists confront – the need for the truss rod to be maximally tightened to compensate for the headstock bowing due to its inherent weakness from being unreinforced – is no longer the case because the headstock is kept straight. Third, since the natural tendency for strings to pull up on the headstock is reduced, unwanted modal vibration of the headstock that causes pitch warble, modal dead spots, and sustain loss is alleviated. Finally, JENZ gears also eliminate the need for pesky string retainers that contribute to unwanted modal vibration in the headstock. With JENZ machine heads, Donahue’s improvements to bass tuning gear design are evident in several key areas: easier string installation and tuning, better pitch accuracy and stability, fewer dead spot issues, and increased sustain.

    JENZ bass machine heads come with a limited lifetime warranty and are easy to install, and work with any bass strings with a tapered core -- regardless of gauges or wind types. For more information, please visit www.noahjames.com.

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  2. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Check out my items for sale in the classifieds! Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    where are they available for sale? i see a link title on the website but it doesn't go anywhere.
  3. Dominic DeCosa

    Dominic DeCosa Habitual Line-Stepper Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 9, 2008
    Vero Beach, Florida
    DiCosimo Audio
  4. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Royal, Oak, MI.
    Need it available in a HipShot and I would try a set.
  5. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
    Why not just put your strings on so that the same thing happens?
  6. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy

    Nov 29, 2009
    Formerly Staten Island
    This is actually pretty cool, but I they'd make some more money if they designed the post to fit other brands' tuners. I like my American Standard tuners, and this brand is not a direct fit.
  7. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy

    Nov 29, 2009
    Formerly Staten Island
    *think* they'd
  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    That's what I've done for decades. I recently removed the string retainer form teh headstock on several of my basses and did notice a difference. It's a free and easy mod for those basses already having tuners with straight sided posts or MM/G&L tuners with their tapered post.
  9. marrkked


    May 24, 2013
    Yes,I think so Why not just put your strings on so that the same thing happens.
    Thanks to all.
  10. superbob67


    Sep 3, 2010
    Salem, IN
    Endorsing Artist: Traynor Amps, Vintage US Basses, DR String, Tech 21 NYC, Jenz Tuners, Access Cases, HoTone Pedals
    I've got Jenz tuners on two of my basses. They really do make a big difference! Not just the design difference but the tuners themselves are really well machined and well made.