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Re: Buzz Feiten tuning system
3/1/2008 11:55 PM
Chris Pinto (24464) wrote:
WOW! LONG TIME NO SEE! How ya' been??? :)
Anyway, the Buzz Feiten Tuning System is not like a FR system, although, the new Buzz Feiten headstock nut gets mounted a fraction of an inch closer to the bridge. From what I was told by my luthier.
You see, the guitar is a flawed instrument, in how it's designed. Since the day the guitar was invented, it can never be in perfect tune, because of the intonation, neck tension, the way the necks are designed, the frets....the whole package!
You can tune ANY guitar (even with a Floyd Rose Locking Nut) until the cows come home, with the best chromatic tuner available, lock down the nut, play an open "G" chord......Ahhhhhhh....it sounds awesome!
Now play an open "D" chord....SOUNDS LIKE CRAP!
Now I dare you to play a barre chord at the 12th fret....SOUNDS EVEN WORSE!!!!!!!
The B.F. Tuning system changes all that. THE ENTIRE WAY UP THE FRETBOARD!!!!
Basically, with a "nut" change (keep your mind out of the gutter), and positioning it closer to the bridge, you can actually solve this problem. Now, yeah, there's probably a little more to it than that, but, you get the idea. It is "not" a locking nut.
So, it's not really like a FR. What it does is it solves the intonation issues with guitars. The FR locking nut only keeps the strings in tune, once you tune up. And that's it..... The guitar is still not "in perfect tune". Even though we may think it is.
A FR locking nut will only keep the guitar in tune for use of the Floyd Rose tremelo bar. You're up on stage, massive 80's guitar solo divebomb is required, you come back to regular position and you'll at least come back to a fairly in tune instrument, you keep playing, and everyone in the audience thinks you're still in tune. And, for the most part, you are. Don't get me wrong, the locking nut is still one of the best inventions for a guitar! PERIOD!!! But, it still doesn't solve the intonation issues.
I absolutely HATE....no....I DESPISE playing one chord, and having it sound great, only to play another chord elsewhere on the fretboard, and have it sound horrible! Same thing happens to scales!
When you buy a $2000 to $3000 guitar, this should not be (one thinks to themselves) but, because of the way the guitar was designed, this is a problem we just got used to, we just deal with it......I HATE IT!
Once I get my Guitars back (Monday afternoon) I will let you know more.
Take care Jason!!! :)