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Your Tuning Key - String Rotation?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by BassBeginer64, Sep 15, 2018.


  1. BassBeginer64

    BassBeginer64 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2018
    Riverside Ca
    This could end up like the great toilet paper roll debate.

    OK, when you place your strings end on your Tuning Key-peg, what rotation do you do, away to tighten, or towards you ? I ask due that I do away to tighten, towards to loosen.

    One of my bass's were the opposite and was driving me nuts till I just re did it.
     
  2. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    Depends on if they are reverse tuners or not. Usually it's counter clockwise for higher in pitch.
     
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  3. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    Tuners only work one way. If you've done it both ways on the same tuner you had it installed incorrectly one of those times.
     
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  4. There is such thing as "reverse tuners" which came on some old Fenders. (Not sure about years and models.)

    On most modern tuners, clockwise-loosen is the right way.
    On reverse tuners, clockwise-tighten is the right way.
     
  5. BassBeginer64

    BassBeginer64 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2018
    Riverside Ca
    Well counter clock-ways would be away, on a right handed neck.
     
  6. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    I know that. I own basses with reverse tuners.

    Each tuner still only works one way. It is not optional which direction to put the strings on.

    OP doesn't understand how to put strings on correctly.
     
  7. I just re-read your previous post. I now understand what you were getting at.
     
  8. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    California
    Pics or it didn’t happen
     
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  9. BassBeginer64

    BassBeginer64 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2018
    Riverside Ca
    Changed the dang strings allready
     
  10. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Look at pictures of any bass and see how the strings should wind. String it that way and turn the tuners which ever way works. Winding th other way looks weird and is asking for trouble.
     
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  11. Picton

    Picton

    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    I have no clue which direction to turn any of my turning keys, on bass or guitar, until I pick up the instrument and go to tune up.

    I can’t imagine caring enough to buy the “right” kind of tuners. Just bring ‘em up to pitch and start playing.
     
  12. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Yet somehow we have HipShot, Schaller, Gotoh making wonderful products for the rest of us.
     
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  13. Picton

    Picton

    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    Don’t misunderstand me. I buy quality tuners. I just don’t care which direction they rotate in. And I’d never swap out a set of perfectly good ones just because of the direction of rotation.
     
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  14. flam

    flam

    Sep 20, 2010
    Tempe, Arizona
    I've never heard of reverse tuners, myself. They should be strung so that the string is as straight as possible from nut to tuning peg, regardless of direction.
     
  15. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Thank you for clarifying that. Now it makes total sense to me.:)
     
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  16. Willicious

    Willicious Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Bend, Oregon
    Since the original pre-CBS Kluson design (circa 1920) was employed first on a ton of early Fenders and Gibsons, that makes every "non-reverse" tuning machine since then the true "reverse rotation" tuner. :roflmao:
     
  17. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    My tuners don't give me a choice.
     
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  18. Tim Skaggs

    Tim Skaggs

    Sep 28, 2002
    What part of what item is moving toward or away from you?

    For right-handed basses, most tuning keys on the E/B-string side of the headstock (keys pointed toward the ceiling) turn counterclockwise to tighten the string / raise the pitch the string is producing. This counterclockwise turn of the key causes a counterclockwise rotation of the tuner shaft / peg when viewed from the string side of the headstock. If you put the end of the string in the hole that is in the middle of the slot in the tuner shaft / peg of these tuners, and put a couple wraps around the shaft by hand, the string wraps around the shaft in a clockwise direction.

    On right-handed basses, most tuning keys on the G/C- string side of the headstock (keys pointed toward the floor) also turn counterclockwise to tighten the string tension / raise the pitch the string is producing. This counterclockwise turn of the key causes a clockwise rotation of the tuner shaft / peg when viewed from the string side of the headstock.

    If you put the end of the string in the hole that is in the middle of the slot in the tuner shaft / peg of these tuners and put a couple wraps around the shaft by hand, the string wraps around the shaft in a counterclockwise direction.

    There are exceptions to the info above with Kluson type tuners, basses with slotted headstocks, basses with reverse shaped headstocks, etc.

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  19. ECFF88FC-72A8-4A57-9411-2369B8CE9DC5.

    my mind just can’t process this.
     
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  20. gazzatriumph

    gazzatriumph

    Sep 27, 2012
    England
    That looks strung incorrectly only the A string looks right
     

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