GFI offers the ultimate in keyless tuning for pedal steel guitars.
Tuning knobs remain level.
Twin shafts provide a perfectly balanced leverage ratio.
Fine tuning is much more precise than with keys.
Available lever movement is more than twice the amount required for a more than adequate safety margin.
No roller nut is required as there is no measurable movement at the nut.
The problem of returning to pitch when raising and lowering the same string is virtually eliminated.
No tools are required for tuning, however, a Phillips screwdriver is required when changing strings (no more lost Allen wrenches).
Knobs are shaped to accept an 11 mm socket.
Click here to see the instruction sheet included with every keyless GFI steel.
The GFI Keyless Tuning System is an additional cost option
on any 10 string Ultra GFI Pedal Steel Guitar and
is standard on all 12 string Ultra models.
When using keys for tuning, the excess string length needed to reach the keys from the nut absorbs vibration, taking energy from the main body of the string and decreasing sustain. This is eliminated with Keyless Tuning.
Pedal and knee lever travel is decreased since there is less string to stretch. Pedal and knee lever action also feels more solid.
The length of the instrument is shorter, therefore stronger, minimizing detuning while pressing pedals.
Strings break less frequently since less movement of the bridge cam is required to acquire the same pitch.
Undesirable overtones created by the excess string length are also eliminated with the keyless system. These overtones are detrimental to the pure tone of the instrument, as they will vary with string gauge, string length beyond the nut, and the location of the bar on the strings.