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    In the unedited version of the April 1980 Guitar Player magazine interview with Jas Obrecht, Eddie confirms what I’ve been saying for many years about part of his method of keeping the standard Fender vibrato system in tune:
    GP: What are your views on using a vibrato bar?
    EVH: It’s more of a feeling as opposed to an effect. I don’t really use it for freak-out effects; I use it to enhance a little more feeling. I really don’t have any special chops with it. I just grab it when I feel like it. It calls for a totally different technique. I have special tricks for keeping it in tune, but it still goes out. You have to play with it. Like if you bring the bar down, the G and B strings always go sharp when you let it back, so before you hit a barre chord you have to stretch those strings back with a real quick little jerk. The vibrato is actually like another instrument. You can’t just grab it and jerk the thing and expect it to stay in tune.

    Guitar Player (Jas Obrecht): How do you keep tuned while using a standard vibrato?
    EVH: It’s a combination of a lot of things. For one, some manufacturers don’t keep in mind that the distance from the bridge to the machine heads has got to be straight line so the string windings won’t get caught anywhere. A lot of people drill the machine holes off center, and the strings get caught up. I have extra-wide notches in the nut, and string trees for only the high E and B strings. I also set the vibrato bar so I can only bring it down; you can’t pull back on it. See, I rest the palm of my hand on the bridge, so If I use a standard vibrato, I sound like a warped record. Sometimes I’ll bring the bar down before I hit a note and then let it up.

    The bold type is the critical partbecause this is what I said earlier in this thread and in many other places over many years...when you hear Eddie diving with the bar, he is in fact also using the bar dive to keep the guitar in tune. As I've said earlier, when you hear Eddie doing all these random bar diving licks in between the songs as Dave is talking, THAT is the sound of Eddie diving the bar to keep the guitar in tune.
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    Here are two clips I made...one where I go through an explanation of what tuning offsets are, how I came to understand them and some possible reasons why and how Eddie came to use them. The next video is an unboxing of the new Peterson Strobo PLUS HDC bench strobe tuner and a walk through of how to use it to download all the tunings I've posted in this thread from the Peterson website onto any Strobo PLUS HD series tuner and then how to tune using those presets.

    I ramble a lot, but I hope this makes things a little more clear. I personally think that the James Taylor tuning video gives the best, most concise and clear explanation of what tuning offsets are and why they are a good thing, so if you want to skip my rambling, just watch the James Taylor video I posted at the beginning of this thread.




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    Another of the many backstage photos of Eddie with the Peterson Model 400 strobe tuner, this from the 1979 touring cycle. Note the can of 3-In-One Oil for lubricating the nut:

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    Peterson strobe tuner on top of the backstage Deluxe Reverb again in 1978...

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    Ed and Mike tuning together backstage in 1981...Mike is looking at the display on the Peterson Model 420 strobe tuner.


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    Ed and Mike tuning together in 1984 with the Peterson Model 420 strobe tuner...


 

 

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