TOM ANDERSON TUNING TIPS

All All Anderson guitars are equipped with the Buzz Feiten Design Tuning System. The Feiten system is primarily a visually undetectable structural neck change in combination with slightly altered bridge intonation offsets. It allows your guitar to tune more accurately than you have ever experienced before. The most noticeable benefit is that chords sound more in tune with each other. The method shown below is a slightly more precise method of tuning which will allow you to take full advantage of this new technology. But don't worry, even if you tune using your old standard way, your guitar will still tune and play more accurately than ever before.

Remember one thing, even though this tuning system is much better than anything any of us have ever heard, it is not perfect--no tuning is. But, your guitar will now be as accurate as a well-tuned piano. This piano-type tuning is called "Well-Tempered Tuning." It is a compromise in tuning where everything sounds pleasing, as opposed to "Even-Tempered Tuning" where a couple of things sound perfect while everything else sounds "out." When an instrument that is designed to play chords is tuned normally, or "even-tempered," it will produce some intervals between notes that sound perfect and others that sound quite out of tune-especially 3rds and 6ths. For centuries artists have realized that if a keyboard were tuned using a "well-tempered" scale, all of the chords would sound pleasingly in tune. Although the guitar is also an instrument capable of playing chords, that same method was not applied to the guitar until Tom Anderson introduced the Buzz Feiten Tuning System in earily1996.

The bridge intonation has been set at the factory and should not need to be readjusted, unless changing string gauge by two or more sizes (i.e.009 to .011). A bridge intonation adjustment does require an extremely precise tuner. We are now using the new Korg DT-7 tuner for tuning and intonation. This tuner was designed by Buzz Feiten and has the Buzz Feiten Tuning System offsets programmed in to it. We also are making this tuner available for Anderson guitar owners to purchase at a reasonable price.

TUNING WITH BOSS TU-12:
The Boss TU-12 is a very accurate tuner as well. You may be able to use other tuners as long as they have a needle and are very accurate. We have had great success with the Boss TU-12 and the TU-12H. To tune using a Boss type tuner, this is the method we have found to be simple and accurate:

1) Tune the guitar normally first just to get it close--then...
2) Watch the needle, not the lights of the tuner--the lights are not as accurate
3) Mute the strings not being played
4) Tune the open high E string with the needle exactly on the center mark (align the needle exactly--not just close)
5) Tune the open B string just a hair sharp of the center mark (the smallest amount you can see). The needle should touch the right edge of the center mark and both lights should still be lit.
6) Tune the G through low E strings using the 7th fret harmonic, putting the needle right on the center mark

Many players are using this method to tune and find it excellent.