Learning a musical instrument can be a challenge, especially for those of us giving it a shot for the first time and trying to move beyond even cleverly designed synthesizers. I’m trying to learn the bass, just as an example. And tuning can be an aggravating task… unless you’ve got a TronicalTune system from TruNorth

Looney Tunes

As anybody who’s tried to tune a guitar or a bass by ear knows, it can be a little tricky, and some of us just aren’t very good at it, no matter what we do. Essentially, the TronicalTune just needs you to fit the tuners it provides as part of the system in the gaps provided for them, and strum the strings; it takes care of the rest.

Wind And Unwind

How? Well, first of all, when you strum the strings, it gives the system a sense of just how badly out of tune you are, which in my case is usually “have discovered a new, awful key.” Then, the string winders take over, loosening and tightening as necessary. In short, if you’re busy, or terrible at tuning, it gets your guitar ready to go in seconds.

As for installation, it’s pretty straightforward; the system ships with pretty much everything you need to install it. Mostly you’ll just be tightening the “robo-tuners” the system uses into your tuner slots with hex nuts; you won’t have to drill any holes, glue anything, or otherwise damage your guitar.

Tuning Wheels


Yes, it’s true that mentioning this thing on the Ultimate Guitar forums will probably be greeted with “BUY A TUBE AMP!” and “LEARN MUSIC THEORY!”, but by the same token, it looks to be a good confidence builder, or at least something that will help you learn how to tune your guitar. Although $330 can be a lot to ask, I view it this way… I’ve got a lot to learn.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.