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The EVH D-Tuna is a unique patented device that enables players to drop the E to D and back, in an instant. D-Tuna has been standard equipment on Eddie Van Halen's personal guitars as well as signature series locking tremolo-equipped guitars since the early 90's. Since then thousands of D-Tuna's have been sold all over the world. D-Tuna is proud to be endorsed by many...


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Definitely worth the money!

Comments I won't bore you with the details as LonePhantom's review covers all the specifics of the D-Tuna. I will just say that I've had a D-Tuna on 4 guitars, and currently have one on my Wolfgang. They work 100% as advertised. If you need an easy way to quickly drop to D this is the most effective method if you're using a blocked, or flush mounted Floyd trem.


Liked about it Quick, easy way to drop to D from E. Simple to install and use. No complex parts.


Didn't like Nothing I don't like specifically, but the catch is you need enough space behind and under your trem to be able to use it, and the bridge must be flush mounted or blocked. To install on say an Ibanez with a recessed Edge trem, you need to block the bridge, and route enough space for the D-Tuna to be extended.


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By blackspy
Mar 29, 2010
 
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Nifty little device, but fiddly to setup

Comments Using a guitar with a Floyd Rose type tremolo system provides you with many advantages, but of course there are always a few disadvantages. One common tuning for guitar is drop D, where the guitar is in E standard tuning, but the low E string is tuned down a whole step to D. It can be a little fiddly to tune your guitar down to drop D with a Floyd Rose type tremolo, but not impossible.

The EVH D-Tuna is a great little device that attaches to standard profile Floyd Rose type tremolos, and when set up correctly it quickly enables you to tune between E and D on your low E string. There is a catch though.

If the tremolo is a fully floating (ie. can increase, and decrease pitch) then you are going to have a very hard time getting the strings to stay in tune on adjustment with the D-Tuna. Your tremolo needs to be set up to be dive-only. So if you have a guitar that isn't a recessed Floyd Rose (no routing out under the saddle lock screws), or you can block your floating tremolo so it only dives then you will be right to use the D-Tuna. I recommend a Tremol-no (which I have also reviewed) which will allow your floating tremolo to switch between fully floating, dive only and hard tail.

So once you've sorted out if you can use the D-Tuna on your guitar, what's involved with setting it up? It's a fairly simple process of replacing the low E saddle lock screw with the D-Tuna and it's lock screw. The instructions are quite easy to follow, so it shouldn't be too difficult for most people.

The part that can get a little tedious is adjusting the D-Tuna to ensure that the string stays in tune between the Standard E and the drop D. You basically tune the low E to D with the D-Tuna popped out. Once it's in tune to D you pop the D-Tuna "in" to the E position under the whale tail on your tremolo. Then you tune the E using the grub screw on the D-Tuna. This is the part that can be a little tedious, but once it's done you will be able to enjoy quick tuning changes between E and D.


Liked about it Ability quickly shift between standard E and drop D tuning.
* Fairly basic install process.


Didn't like Setting the tuning can be a little tedious.
* Need to remember that trem cannot be fully floating.


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By LonePhantom
Feb 17, 2010
 
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