The Art of Sweetened Tuning — Buzz Feiten Tuning System™*

 

Peterson tuners feature unique SweetenerTM presets not found in any other brand of tuner. This comes from an almost 70-year legacy reaching back to the dawn of popular music as we know it today.

The following is a guide to the use of the Buzz Feiten Tuning System on guitar and bass. This system requires the use of specific tuner offsets for both open strings and 12th fret. Designed to improve the tuning results of guitars and basses that have been built to include the Buzz Feiten System, it includes the installation of a special shelf nut. The Peterson StroboPlus includes all existing tuning and intonation offsets for this system and is the only handheld tuner to do so. Once the correct preset is selected, no further tuner adjustments need  to be made.

The StroboPlus is capable of being updated with new features as they become available. Check the Peterson Connect site for periodic updates.

The StroboPlus features four Buzz Feiten System presets: BFE, BFA, BF12 & BFB for electric, acoustic, 12 string and bass guitars, respectively.

Peterson Tuners which have this capability are: StroboClip (BF tuning presets), Stomp Classic (BF tuning & intonation presets), StroboRack (BF tuning & intonation presets), StroboPlus (BF tuning & intonation presets).

 

Peterson Tuner Presets for the Buzz Feiten Tuning System

BFE Preset for Electric Guitar

When tuning, select the BFE preset and pluck the open strings. Do not use harmonics. For intonation, select the BFE preset, then pluck the open string, tune it, then fret the string at the 12th fret. Adjust the string’s saddle backward (if sharp) or forward (if flat) so that the tuner’s strobe image is still or immobile when the string is played both open and fretted at the 12th fret .

The reason for this is that the Peterson StroboPlus contains offsets for each individual string on your Buzz Feiten System- equipped guitar, including separate offsets for both open strings and their 12th fret pitches (they are different). Using harmonics will cause the wrong offsets to be applied. When intonating, select the BFE preset, adjust the saddle position until plucking open string and fretting at the 12th fret. This produces a still, immobile strobe image in both cases. Repeat for all strings.

 

BFA Buzz Feiten System Tuning Preset for Acoustic Guitar

For tuning, use the BFA preset. Remember to pluck the open strings when tuning. Do not use harmonics.

For intonation or retrofitting your acoustic guitar, see your local Buzz Feiten Tuning System authorized technician: http://www.buzzfeiten.com/dealers/dealers.htm

 

 

BF12 Buzz Feiten Tuning System  Preset for 12-String Guitar:

For tuning, use the BF12 preset. Remember to pluck the open strings when tuning and do not use harmonics. The StroboPlus contains offsets for each individual open string on your Buzz Feiten System -equipped guitar, including separate offsets for both standard and octave strings. Using harmonics will cause the wrong offsets to be applied.

For intonation or retrofitting your 12-string, see your local Buzz Feiten authorized technician. This technician can be located at http://www.buzzfeiten.com/dealers/dealers.htm

 

BFB Buzz Feiten Tuning System Preset for 4 & 5 String Electric Bass Guitar:

For tuning and intonation, use the BFB preset.

When intonating, select the BFB preset, tune each open string and adjust each saddle position until plucking open string and fretting it at the 12th fret produces a still, immobile strobe image in both cases. Repeat for all strings.

 

 

Current Peterson tuner models which include Buzz Feiten Tuning System features include:


 

Buzz Feiten Tuning System Retrofitters

For Buzz Feiten Tuning System Retrofitters, the recommended tuners are:


 

The Peterson AutoStrobe 490ST is a requirement if acoustic guitars are to be retrofitted.

For information on how to become a Buzz Feiten Tuning System Retrofitter, see www.buzzfeiten.com

 

*Buzz Feiten Tuning System® is a registered trademark of Buzz Feiten Design

Peterson, Sweetener & Sweetened Tuning, StroboPlus, StroboPlusHD, StroboRack, and StroboSoft2 are trademarks of Peterson Electro-Musical Products, Inc.

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