Posted by Pat Liddell on 23rd Oct 2015
I recently purchased my third Tronical set, this time for an American Standard Telecaster. Obviously, having purchased sets previously for another Tele and for a Taylor acoustic guitar, I'm a fan and a believer in the product. What was noteworthy about this most recent purchase is the price - I paid about 80% MORE (happily, I might add) for my first Tronical (for the Taylor). When I learned the new set for my Tele could be had - including shipping and duties - for under $200 I was delighted, and when it arrived from Hamburg in about three days I was completely floored! I quickly recovered, placed the order, and all has been well since. The ability to quickly change tunings offers obvious facility in a live setting, but it really spurs creativity and interest when practicing, noodling and looking for inspiration. From my first experience with Tronical two years ago I have been left with the impression of a product that works precisely as advertised if simple installation and care instructions are followed. The web site, manual and accompanying support documentation are clear and self-explanatory. Purchasing, installing and using the Tronical system has been a wonderful experience for me all the way around. I could not be happier or more impressed with the product. Bravo! Now if they could just come up with a system for my slot-head Martin...!
Posted by Rick Rose on 22nd Oct 2015
I replaced the original Tronical tuners in my Strat with the new Tronical Plus and am amazed at the faster speed in tuning. To be frank, I wasn't that happy with how long it took with the first model. I even resorted to bringing down the accuracy for the sake of getting it close enough. But with the Tronical Plus I've got it set to the highest accuracy and it never takes longer than a few seconds, even when I change tunings.
If you have a first edition Gibson Robot like I have, replace all the extra junk with a set of Tronical Plus tuners, Cheaper than repairs and much faster. Loose all the weight of that extra junk plus, more tunings.
If you are on the fence about buying, make the jump. You will always be in tune.
Posted by Tom on 29th Sep 2015
Having fun with my new tuner, still getting used to all of the settings. There is a lot here. Tunes fast and accurate; really does what it says it will do in the videos.
Posted by Unknown on 8th Sep 2015
It was esy to install and works great.
Posted by Unknown on 17th Jun 2015
I use several different open tunings, standard, and several capo locations, all in one set. I used to spend a ton of time tuning in between songs. Now, tuning is done automatically and way faster than I ever could before using a pedal or my ear. Wish I could afford this for all of my guitars!
Posted by Steve Dunn on 22nd May 2015
I have been playing guitar for 45 years and have played live for many of those but I'm not a pro player. On many occasions I've had to carry several guitars to gigs when I wanted the convenience of being able to grab another guitar already tuned to an open tuning for slide guitar work. I bought 2 midi equipped guitars with a synth pedal to allow me to use one guitar with several different tunings available at the push of a button, but these things are hard to program and midi tracking is less than perfect. I'd seen the Tronical Tuners on a Gibson at a local music store in Canada and thought the system was amazing and would definitely suit my needs. I purchased a set online for my US Standard Stratocaster which is my all-round favorite guitar and they arrived very quickly from Germany.I should mention that with the cost plus shipping from Tronical was very acceptable for this product but the exchange rate/import duties/taxes here in Canada made this a very expensive buy.
The tunerswere easy to install and are of superb quality. I flew RC models for years and the power of these micro servos is absolutely fantastic. For such small motors the torque is unbelievable. Stringing up was a little tricky as other reviews have indicated. Basically you have to wind the string around the machine head turret and then tighten the lock not to secure it. There is a learning curve to get over with the way the string is wound on initially but nothing that couldn't be overcome and practice will make this easier I'm sure.
I did the first stringing manually with a chromatic tuner. I found the motor/gear resistance very high on one or two tuners,. I probably should have used the string wind up feature !
Once everything was set up, I powered it up and the tuning went just fine. My strat vibrato has been set up to be a floating system. It raises the G an Augmented 2nd (3 semi-tones), B - a major second ( 2 semi-tones) and the high E a minor 2nd (1-semi-tone) in the way recommended by Carl Verheyen. I was curious to see if the guitar/Tronical Tuners would keep this set-up in tune and I have to tell you that it does this very well. Surprisingly it will permit and open tuning as well without issues but I have not really used the vibrato arm in open tunings - I don't see much point?
I did notice that after a few days in Standard tuning Tronical seemed to have difficulty zeroing in on the tuning for my high E string and it sounded flat?
I then checked all my strings with the digital chromatic tuner and this revealed that my low strings were tuned sharp by up to 15 cents on one string which is why the high e sounded flat.
I then reviewed the manual again and on page 33, I seemed to find the solution. I went through the process for (re)-calibrating and now everything seems fine. Perhaps I should have read the manual more thoroughly and then I would have done this at the outset but I found the instructions a little ambiguous and it did not seem to call for this at the outset If this is a critical thing, I'm wondering if maybe the instructions should emphasize this nearer the beginning of the manual?
All in all this is an amazing product and it is so cool to be able to dial up open G do some Rolling Stones stuff ( Open E was awesome for Gimme Shelter).
I'm curious to try the capo setting. Some slide players slip a thin flexible plastic tube or rod under the strings close to the nut to raise the action for slide playing. As this will also affect the tuning, it will be interesting to see if Tronical can adapt to this slight pitch raise and store it as a custom tuning similar to the capo method?
All in all, an amazing product so far. Hoping the battery pack performs well.
Posted by Michael Aus on 24th Apr 2014
The speed and accuracy at which the TronicalTune tunes my guitar is mindblowing. It has saved me hours of time in the studio and reduces tuning time to less than 10 seconds, very handy if you are tuning between every take and blowing half your recording time on tuning.
I highly recommend taking up the TronicalTune. It's easy to install, tunes fast and accuratly and has a battery life lasting up to 3 weeks of constant use.