Tronical Self-Tuning System

Tronical

Remember this post I made about Transperformance self-tuning guitars?

Well, there’s another player in the self-tuning field: Tronical.

Have a look here to see a vid of the Tronical system.

It’s apparently going to cost around £460, will support alternate tunings and doesn’t require heavy modification so it won’t ruin your existing guitar tone.

The price is coming down… how long before someone like Line6 incorporates self-tuning into their Variaxes? Or someone more cheap and cheerful like Behringer?

I’m guessing that in five or ten years, guitarists will consider hand-tuning old-fashioned. 😀

And how is this going to affect the sound of indie bands? Can you imagine perfectly in-tune twee indie guitars?

No, me neither…

UPDATE!

This just in from roving Bzangy reporter Dan Johnson, head honcho in Foulds Guitar Department:

Hi Jyoti,
Good concept regarding the self tuning guitars but 2 things spring to mind….

1. The extra mass at the headstock end of guitar will make the guitar feel quite odd for some people, especially if it was fitted to a light-ish bodied guitar like a Danelectro or a semi acoustic. It is proven fact that more mass at the headstock end increases the sustain and therefore the characteristics of the guitar change quite dramatically. There is actually an after market product which caters for this phenomenon.

2. In the clip, the guitar’s still out of tune!! Listen to the last chord he plays…….*

*If the guys involved in this project know anything about tuning they will know that the guitar is not a perfect instrument that will never actually perfectly play in tune, especially when playing an ‘E major’ chord because the first fret does not intonate perfectly for a G string! There are people who have tried to tackle this specific problem:

Fretwave

and the scale length revision of Buzz Feiten.

But in a nutshell he really should have picked a G major chord or something which doesn’t involve using the g string stopped at the first fret or 2..

Goodbye Firefox…Hello, Camino!

Camino

(If you’re not a Mac OSX user, you can safely skip this article.)

This week I waved goodbye to Firefox. The OSX version has been flakey as fuck for a while now and I finally got fed-up with it falling over. So… what to use instead?

Safari is okay but still doesn’t work with lots of sites. For example, it still doesn’t display those nifty tag buttons in the above pic when you’re using WordPress. It’s not bad, just a bit clunky and bleah.

I know many peeps love Opera but I find it often renders pages a bit bizarrely. Its text handling seems a tad unpredictable.

So, I finally went with Camino. For a lot of the following reasons:

Sure, you can use a typical web browser, with typical features. Or you can use a browser that “also” supports the Mac. Or you can use a browser you have to pay for. What if one browser offered everything, for free?

That browser is Camino. Camino makes your web experience more productive, more efficient, more secure, and more fun. It looks and feels like a Mac OS X application should because it was designed exclusively for Mac OS X and the high standards set by its users. You’ll see the entire internet the way it was intended. Camino is the browser that gets out of your way, and that means Camino users need not worry about things they shouldn’t have to.
(Source: Camino)

It imported all my bookmarks flawlessly and it hasn’t fallen over once. I can now even run Flash so I can see all those pesky sites that make you wait half an hour just to render a shitty animation that you never wanted to see in the first place. Mmm… great!

So, if you’re an OSX user who hasn’t given Camino a go, try it out. It’s snappier than Safari, better-looking than Opera and more stable than Firefox.