QUICK START TUNING
Pull out MCK (factory setting), All string LED’s will be red. Just strum to get it to tune.
“0” position, “#/b” LED will be lit. Tap the control and tune.
E major/Open E
G major/Open G/Delta Blues
E flat/VH or Hendrix tuning
Pull out the MCK and switch to “I” position. DO NOT PRESS DISPLAY YET.
“I” LED will shine red. Disengage the power tuning machine of one string and tune to the string to the desired pitch.
Re-engage power tuning machine by pressing it back into place. The “I” will shine green and the rest of the string LED’s will be red.
Now strum the strings and the remaining strings will calibrate to that one string.
“I” will turn blue when reference tuning is complete.
TO STORE NEW REFERENCE TUNING (optional) simply select a preset position (E,A,D,G,B,e) and press the display once. The display will flash blue 3 times and when you select that preset now it will revert back to your reference tuning and not the factory preset)
CUSTOM ALTERED TUNING
Pull out the MCK and switch to “Peg” position. It will shine red. DO NOT PRESS DISPLAY YET.
Disengage the power tuning machines and tune the strings to the desired pitches.
Press the display and the “peg” will shine green while the string LED’s will be red.
Now strum the strings and the remaining strings will calibrate to that tuning. DON’T STRUM TOO HARD! The guitar is learning the tunings now. When it is finished measuring the pitches the string LED will turn from green to blue.
TO STORE NEW CUSTOM ALTERED TUNING simply select a preset position (E,A,D,G,B,e) and press the display once. The display will flash blue 3 times and when you select that preset now it will revert back to your reference tuning and not the factory preset)
INTONATION MODE (p. 38):
Pull out the MCK and switch to “I” position.
“I” LED will shine blue. Press display for 3 sec.
Pluck a string, corresponding string LED will light up (string recognition)
After 2 sec. the “b” (flat) LED will turn off and the “#” (sharp) LED will turn on
Now fret the same string on the 12th fret and pluck. For each GREEN LED lit turn the screw a half-turn clockwise. For each RED LED lit turn the screw a half-turn counter clockwise.
FACTORY RESET (p. 42)
Pull out the MCK and set to “0” position
Hold display down for 3 sec. (LED will turn blue)
Hold display for another 3 sec. (Peg will turn white and “b/#” will be red)
Select the “D” and tap display once (Peg will be white and “D” will be blue) factory settings are restored.
Charger setup: It is essential that the operator plugs in the charging unit in the correct sequence (plug in power, box flashing red, turn on guitar to charging mode and plug it in last). Make sure the operator knows the difference between the “C” LED and the “string up” LED.
String up mode and White LED Indicator: A white peghead LED means there’s a short somewhere. You need to manually wind the strings up to partial tension. Strings cannot be slack. Take a string off its bridge saddle and the white peg head LED shows up. Touch a string to a pickup cover and the same thing. The strings have to be tight enough to maintain contact with the bridge and can’t be flopping around.
String Wraps: G,B, E Strings should have 2 to 3 wraps around the post before engaging the system. The E,A,D strings should not. Wraps on low strings have the potential to hang on each other and negatively affect the system.
Lubricating the nut: TOP PRIORITY!!! Nut Sauce or GHS nut lube or something as good. Makes the system work 100% faster and better and less chance of the guitar going out of tune. Best method: tune up to pitch, then take a polishing cloth and push it under the string you want to lube. Move the cloth up to the nut, then grab the cloth both sides of the string so it forms a cradle and you can easily lift the string out of the slot. Squeeze a small amount of lube into the slot then drop the string straight down into the slot. Wipe off any excess.
Custom Altered Tuning: That’s the key to customizing the guitar to your needs. I told him my guitar had the most trouble with the low E string, it is always sharp, so he had me manually tune it to where I wanted it then saved it to a preset. Then he made that preset the “Instantly Activated Preset Tuning” (page 46.) So I lost a preset, but I don’t do a lot in double-dropped D anyway.
Intonation Mode: I told Chris that when I ran the intonation program I had to do it three times in a row until it was right. He nodded and said “ok”. So, when you do the intonation thing, especially the 1st time, keep running it going from bottom E to top E, turn it off then turn it on again, do it over until you get the magic blue leds. Chris said the system learns as it’s working, so after a few times its no longer an issue.
Instructional quick start video:
Songs using alternate tunings:
Crash course lesson in alternate tunings and open chords: