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    Default Anyone use a D-Tuna?

    I ordered one of these and put it on my Floyd equipped non-floating Strat. For the life of me, I can't get this thing to change the whole step from D to E and/or back again. I am technically literate. This thing just plain does not work. For $45 bucks you get a spring, two Floyd Rose type bolts, a cheap Allen wrench and the D-tuna. I estimate the cost of goods to be $4.00. That's a 1000 percent markup boys and girls.

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    You're probably right about the markup, but they come with instructions which are pretty simple to follow. Once installed correctly they do work.
    Are you following them?

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    I have three d-tunas on three different guitars and each work so beautifully that I guarantee you it works.

    Some things to think about.

    Did you tune your guitar to standard tuning with ONE exception, the low E is tuned to D when your D-tuna is pulled OUT. Now, lock your strings and fine tune the strings, with the Low E still tuned to D. Once all is in tune, push in the D-tuna and check the Low E. If it is flat or sharp, adjust the set screw with the 1.5mm hex wrench until the E is in tune. (The set screw is the little little little screw on the side of the D-tuna). It should now be in perfect tune whether pulled out or pushed in. If not, you may need to adjust the tuning again.

    I have had this since 1997 with never one problem.

    One thing I will agree with you is the price. It's probably a 1000% markup, but then again, it's his product to price how he wants. Don't worry, he patented it in 1996, so in 2016 it will be free to copy as the patent wears out.

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    Thanks for responding guys. Yes , I have followed the detailed instructions, but I must be missing something. How much adjustment do you guys typically need to do on the small set screw? I only get a little more than a 1/2 step up when I go from d to e. Then the set screw adjustment does not go far enough.
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    I have a D-Tuna on my warmoth #1 and it works like a dream. Sure, its a pain in the ass to set up correctly but once you got it workin right, it works great! I can go from E to D is less than a second and lately ive been workin alot of dropped d chords and it just rocks!
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    O.K. If you've tuned your guitar to standard, with the LOW E to D then locked it and fine tuned, and played with the set screw, I can only think of one thing.....don't laugh or be offended, but are you pulling out the D-tuna as far as it can go? Depending on the bridge, the spring can pull the D-tuna back towards the bridge causing only a partial drop and not a full step.

    Perhaps you can post a side shot picture, one with the d-tuna pushed in, and one with the d-tuna pushed out, and we can work on if from there. It may be in your bridge.

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    I have 5 of them, on most of my Floyd-Rose bridges. They are all blocked. I love them, they work wonderfully, been using them for years.

    I agree some pics would help.
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    Well, I'm gonna threadjack a lil bit here, sorry.......

    Since we're talking 'bout D-tunas:

    I finally pulled mine off my guitars outta frustration.
    I get the "D" tuning to work no problem, but it always affected the tuning of the other strings. If I popped it in, it would make the other strings go slighty sharp, just enough to bug me.

    I figured tightening the springs on the tremolo would cure it but no luck.
    I added another spring to the tremolo, but still no dice. Not only that the bar became too stiff to push down.

    I know it's not the D Tuna, it's something with the tremolo.
    When I tune to Drop D, I have to check the tuning on the rest of the guitar- always. Same thing when I go back to "E".

    Am I overlooking something here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven B
    Well, I'm gonna threadjack a lil bit here, sorry.......

    Since we're talking 'bout D-tunas:

    I finally pulled mine off my guitars outta frustration.
    I get the "D" tuning to work no problem, but it always affected the tuning of the other strings. If I popped it in, it would make the other strings go slighty sharp, just enough to bug me.

    I figured tightening the springs on the tremolo would cure it but no luck.
    I added another spring to the tremolo, but still no dice. Not only that the bar became too stiff to push down.

    I know it's not the D Tuna, it's something with the tremolo.
    When I tune to Drop D, I have to check the tuning on the rest of the guitar- always. Same thing when I go back to "E".

    Am I overlooking something here?
    Floating tremolo, right?

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    Sounds like you have a floating trem yep. True?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven B

    I know it's not the D Tuna, it's something with the tremolo.
    When I tune to Drop D, I have to check the tuning on the rest of the guitar- always. Same thing when I go back to "E".

    Am I overlooking something here?

    The other guys about summed it up I think, you either have a floating tremolo, or your bridge has become slightly "unfixed" somehow.

    D-tunas work just fantastic. It's amazing that something so simple in concept and material (very little bulk) took so long to be developed. It's genious really.

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    Uh, nope. No floaters here. The guitar is a EBMM/EVH.

    But that's what I'm getting at. When I pop in the D tuna, to raise it back up to E, it makes the other strings go slightly flat. It should be cured by tightening up the trem springs. It wasn't. Like I also said, I tried adding a spring which didn't cure it ether. It just made it harder to push down on the bar. Same scenario with my Wolfgang too btw.

    Now, without the D Tuna on there, I drop D-ing using the fine tuner, it does the same thing. the rest of the strings go slightly out of tune. So I know it 's not the Tuna.

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    You got new strings on there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett
    You got new strings on there?

    Of course.........

    Now, where's my drool cup?

    Seriously, do you remember off hand how many tremolo springs you have on
    your Ernie Balls, Brett? My problem is that the increased tension when my low E gets when it's tuned up causes the others to go slightly flat, which should be corrected by tightening the trem claw to pull the bridge tighter against the guitar's body. But..........I've tried that. When I added an extra spring, it made it quite hard to even push the bar down sooooooooo...........Im stuck. See what I'm getting at?

    Thanks anyway guys.

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    I used to use them on stage. I would have problems with them though. Like I would get the string in tune to D, but then E would be way sharp. The little allen wrench screw helped a little, but not nearly enough. I would actually have to make sure that the D was a bit flat so the E could be closer to normal ( I have a stop-trem btw, not floating). I finally got frusterated with it and took it off. Anyway, you look cooler on stage if you change guitars throughout the set.
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