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Ken Byng


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Post Posted 10 Mar 2017 2:53 am     Reply with quote

John Roche wrote:
Thanks Ken, I have three cent drop on my guitar so not that much of a problem..


I wouldn't bother with it then John. If you use a plain 6th, that is the string most affected especially when you press the A pedal on its own. It used to drive me round the bend years ago until I hit on the idea of putting an additional pull on pedal A to raise the 6th string just a smidgen to compensate for the drop. It's a quick and easy fix, but many will find it unnecessary as it doesn't bother them. I am a bit of an obsessive I'm afraid. Laughing
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Lane Gray


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Post Posted 10 Mar 2017 4:48 am     Reply with quote

For many people it's not for cabinet drop so much as truing certain chords/intervals.
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Ken Byng


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Post Posted 10 Mar 2017 5:03 am     Reply with quote

Lane Gray wrote:
For many people it's not for cabinet drop so much as truing certain chords/intervals.


On E9 I 'true' my F# strings with compensators, but the plain 6th string is the one most affected by body flex on my guitars. Could be because I play Day setup. Rolling Eyes
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Ken Metcalf


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San Antonio Texas USA
Post Posted 10 Mar 2017 5:11 am     Re: Compensators on E9th Neck Reply with quote

Gary Arnold wrote:
What strings do you need a compensator on ? Thanks, Gary


The clear answer is you don't need any compensators is just an option.

I have several friends that tune Equal temperament and sound great.
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Josh Yenne


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Sonoma California
Post Posted 18 May 2017 5:06 pm     Reply with quote

have to agree with a lot of people on here.. a 7th string compensator to bump down the pitch a bit is basically a requisite for me... if not.. on every steel i've ever played... you are either out of tune open or out of tune with AB down... i put it on my B pedal and it adds no weight to the pedal since its barely dropping it... but I HATE not having it..
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Will Cowell


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Post Posted 19 May 2017 5:32 am     Reply with quote

I love my Williams 700 U12 but my 6th string is out when I use the A pedal to raise 5 & 9. It sounds bad enough that I had to devise an extra pull which raises 6 just a tad. I'm not convinced by Richard Burton's suggestion that raising 5 & 9 (or 10 on a 10-stringer) affects 6 directly. I believe it's cabinet drop, which is significant on my U12 - strange to say. It's enough that I felt I needed to put this compensator on. It really only affects the "3 up, A&F" inversion of a major chord.
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Ian Rae


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Post Posted 19 May 2017 7:42 am     Reply with quote

Back in March Ned McIntosh wrote:
Are we in danger of over-analysing this a bit?

and Greg Cutshaw wrote:
Like most of you I use a combination of varying the bar pressure front to back or slanting it slightly to achieve acceptably in tune results.

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