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Hipshot BT10 Bass Detuner

The Bass Detuner

August 28, 2018 by Alex Storrie in Bass Gear

What is a bass detuner?

A bass detuner is simply a mechanical device that allows a bassist to change their instrument’s tuning quickly and accurately during a performance.

The most common type of detuning device is a direct replacement for an existing machine head on a bass guitar. A pre-set lever allows the string to be dropped down to a second position. Other names for a detuner include “Xtender”, “Drop-D Tuner” and “Drop Tuner”.

A typical setup for a bassist would be to use the detuner on the bottom string (E string) with the top position set to E and the bottom position set to D. This would allow them to change their tuning from Standard (E, A, D, G) to Drop-D (D, A, D, G).

A popular choice is a Hipshot Bass Xtender. Their range of Xtenders covers most makes and models of bass guitar.

You can read more about Hipshot’s Bass Detuner ranger HERE


About Alex Storrie

Owner and Managing Director of BTN Music UK