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Spend Your Time Playing Your Guitar Instead of Tuning It

by Adeel Ahmed | Sep 13, 2017
What if we told you there was a way to tune your guitar more quickly, more precisely, and more intuitively?

You need to tune your guitar one way or the other -- it’s an inevitable task. As musicians, we want to maximize the time we spend playing our instruments; spending energy on trying to maintain the correct pitch of your strings takes away from the joy of a session.

What if we told you there was a way to tune your guitar more quickly, more precisely, and more intuitively?

Watch Phillip McKnight install and review Graph Tech Ratio® Tuned Machine Heads below and learn how they can simplify your tuning process.

So, What's the Ratio® Difference?

When describing their machine heads, manufacturers usually include a ratio in the specifications. The two-digit number tells you how many times you have to turn the machine head’s button for the string to make one full revolution.

Graph Tech Ratio® Tuned Machine Heads have tuned the gear ratios to each string position, so every string responds in the same manner to tuning adjustments. This enables the user to experience fine tuning on thicker core strings, and coarser tuning on thinner core strings (anywhere from 12:1 to 39:1 gear ratios).  


One of the problems with installing regular machine heads is that they have to be retrofitted to match your instrument. This often means you need to drill holes for modifications. Fortunately, Graph Tech has created a one-stop-shop with Ratio® tuning technology. The multi-gear tuning keys include several base plates in the box itself, so you won’t have to drill any new holes or visit a tech.



Installation of the keys is very simple.

All you need are a basic socket wrench and a Phillips screwdriver. In the above video, you’ll see Phillip McKnight remove an existing Fender machine head with his Gator Grip socket. He then adds the Fender plate to the bottom of the Graph Tech Ratio® Tuner and easily reattaches it to the guitar. 


After testing out the newly-outfitted machine heads, McKnight was considerably impressed with the crisp accuracy of the tuning process:

“[I] wasn’t expecting this much of a difference. It’s like old brakes versus new brakes!”

With regular machine heads, the user often needs to anticipate the final note the string will end up on while turning the key. In stark contrast, however, Ratio® Tuners stop precisely on the note your turn ends. This not only gives you added control; it makes the tuning feel more natural. In fact, users often find they barely have to think about which string they’re tuning because the strings all feel and respond in the same way.

Take it from McKnight:

“I think the Ratio® guys at Graph Tech…they got this in the bag!” 

Not convinced yet? Read why this professional guitar maker chooses Ratio® for his instruments.

CLICK HERE for more details about Graph Tech’s Ratio® Tuned Machine Heads and see why they’re setting a new industry standard!