Detuners are mechanical devices used to simplify the retuning of a stringed instrument during performance. This allows the musician to quickly and accurately reach notes outside the normal range of their instrument. These devices are also known by other names including 'drop head' and 'hipshot'. This page is about the musical process of tuning, for musical systems of tuning see musical tuning. ... A string instrument (also stringed instrument) is a musical instrument that produces sound by means of vibrating strings. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ...
They can be fitted at either or both ends of any or all of the strings. For example, a relatively common arrangement on the bass guitar is to use a detuner on the lowest string to allow the bassist to switch between 'standard tuning' (E A D G) and 'drop D' (D A D G). The latter provides two extra notes (D and D# / Eb) that are particularly useful in several common keys. Fender Precision Bass Bass Guitar is a commonly spoken phrase used to refer to the electric bass and horizontal acoustic basses, a stringed instrument similar in design to the electric guitar, but larger in size, commonly fretted and sometimes fretless and with a lower range. ... A bassist is a musician who plays a bass guitar or double bass. ... In music theory, the key identifies the tonic triad, the chord, major or minor, which represents the final point of rest for a piece, or the focal point of a section. ...
However, there are many possible variants - for example, bassist Michael Manring has made extensive use of detuners in some of his compositions and has a four-stringed bass with multiple detuners. Michael Manring is an electric bassist from the Bay Area (Northern California). ...
Hipshot (http://www.hipshotproducts.com/) - one of the leading manufacturers of detuning devices
One end of the detuner pinion is slidably mounted on a ring which encircles the reverse pinion shaft adjacent the reverse pinion, and the other end of the detuner pinion is supported by a diaphragm assembly which prevents torsional and radial motion but permits axial movement of the detuner pinion.
The position of the detuner pinion 32 for idling is achieved by adjusting the axial position of the detuner pinion 32 relative to the reverse pinion 14 while the gear drive is at rest.
Thus, the detuner pinion 32 is not free to move radially but is free to move axially in response to changing conditions including changing dimensions of the teeth of the reverse pinion or of the detuner pinion, or changes in the space width between the teeth of the bull gear.
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