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Tuning Machine Ratio

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Razor, Aug 9, 2003.


  1. Razor

    Razor

    Sep 22, 2002
    Dallas
    Can anyone explain the ratio of different tuning machines out there? I keep seeing 23:1, 20:1, 18:1...etc. and I am wondering what the ratio's mean in layman's trms so I know which to look for to stay in tune more than the others.
     
  2. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I believe it's how many full turns of the key it takes to make the tuning peg revolve a complete 360 degrees.

    20:1 - twenty turns of the key to the one revolution of the post.
     
  3. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    It is a gear ratio, same as with bike gears. Like Brendan said, 20:1 means 20 turns of the key for one of the post.

    The higher the better, it allows more precise tuning.
     
  4. Razor

    Razor

    Sep 22, 2002
    Dallas
    Thanks guys...that helps me out a lot. Now I can make an informed decision.