Tuning and intonation with Dtuner

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Cristo, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Funny there's been a lot of Hipshot dtuner questions lately...

    Anyway, I just replaced the tuners on my Jazz with Hipshots and I figured I'd install a dtuner while I was at it. I've never used one.

    So, let me get this straight...

    Everytime I tune the bass, I have to do this "flip the lever and see if it goes out of tune and then flip it back and tune it slightly flat and then flip it again and then check it, etc." procedure????

    And I'm guessing I have to do that also when setting the intonation, which adds another level of trial and error into that process.

    Maybe this will be easier than it sounds, but now I'm wondering if I shouldn't have gone with a plain tuner!
  2. buddyro57

    buddyro57 me and PJ (living with the angels now)

    Apr 14, 2006
    Cedar Falls Iowa
    It actually sounds like more hassle than it is- I do not use one any more as I have moved to 6 string, but I used to use it all the time - and not only tuned to D- I used to go to C# for "Everybody Wang Chung Tonight".....that will tell you how old I am...Yikes! But i digress; the D tuner takes seconds to find the happy medium between the D and E, no problems, and once you have it set, maybe check it before each set- I hardly ever had to do much to it- itwas pretty stable.
  3. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    I check mine every time I take it out of the case. However, I RARELY have to do any adjustment to it, other than when I change strings. Mine is a GB7 - Gotoh style - attached to a Jazz V MIM Fender. Which means, yeah, it's on a B string dropping to A. And yet, no problems.

    Just be diligent; go back and forth between standard and drop until you get both notes in tune. You can follow a "process," and no doubt it's a sound one, but if you let it bog you down you can always "fiddle with it until it works". OTOH, maybe that's what you've BEEN doing, to no avail, who knows. In any case, rest assured that this is not a fad product, nor a bad product. It will serve you very well in time. :)
  4. badstonebass


    Jun 7, 2006
    The ONLY problem i EVER have is that mine will go slightly SHARP when retuning to E.

    However experince as a guitarist makes me yank on the string as soon as i change and all is well.
  5. xshawnxearthx


    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    did you know, going from e to d is not that hard to do. it's just the quick turn of the peg. ;)
  6. That's going from E to "something like D", unless you manage to perfect exactly how much of a turn is required to do that and be in tune.