2006 Winter NAMM EXPO: Tronical GmbH unveiled the first “invisible” automatic self tuning system for electric guitars. Tronical calls the new technology “a groundbreaking innovation in the construction of traditional instruments.”
With the new PowerTune system, every guitarist can now forget about the danger of a detuned instrument in situations where there’s only one chance: Live Recordings, TV Gigs, etc.
The guitar that tunes itself automatically now is a reality. Perfectly tuned in seconds (less than 2 seconds in fact!) at the touch of a button All this happens with an accuracy that is beyond manual tuning (typically 0.2 cent). Tronical’s ITM (Individual Tune Memory) even takes the musician’s personal preferences into account. Individually saved presets such as open tuning, or special grunge- and slide- settings can be recalled in seconds.
Tronical’s PowerTune TM is a modular system that can be retro-fitted to virtually any available guitar make or model, without the need for destructive rebuilding or re-working. The guitar can also be returned to its original state at any time, if needed.
Tronical´s PowerTune System consists of three modular main components.
- PowerHead-Locking Tuners – Contained in standard-size housing, these Servo pegs consist of a servo motor and high-performance gears, along with intelligent servo electronics. Tuning stability is further guaranteed by the quality, high-grade lock mechanics.
- Tune Control Bridge and TuneCore-Controller – The link between the Piezo-equipped bridge and the tuning analysis represents the core (or Commando Centre) of the complete PowerTune™ System. From here, the current tuning of the guitar is monitored and the actions of the Servo-tuners are controlled. Through the use of highly integrated electronics, the TuneCore Controller can be accommodated within a space that would otherwise prove limiting.
- TuneControl-MultiKnob – Multi-functional pot, with unique control button. Available in various finishes and styles to complement the design of different guitar models. The Volume knob in the “pull” position becomes a raster potentiometer that offers tunings for the different strings. Built into the pot are active electronic multi-coloured LEDs which, in conjunction with the optical lens, offer superb control over all settings and tunings – even on the darkest stage! The “Enter” button lets action to be confirmed quickly by simply hitting OK.
The guitar’s condition remains untouched. No drilling, cutting or other “constructional” changes needed. No changes to the sound, weight, performance or appearance of the guitar.
Tronical’s PowerTune System is available in stores worldwide from June 2006. Pricing is to be announced.