Guitar maintenance electric multi-tool?! anyone interested?

Hi guys

I am currently studying for a degree in product design at Bournemouth university, and my final year project is to design a guitar multi-maintenance tool.

The product will be electrically powered with a rotating end to perform certain tasks as rapid machine head unwinding/re-winding, screw driver ends, cleaning pads etc.

Is there a possibility you could fill out my short qustionnaire? it would be greatly appreciated and would help me a lot. cheers guys.

all the best

Darren England

Age?
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20-25
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Gender?
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Fender
Gibson
Ibanez
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PRS
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How regular do u change guitar strings (at work and personal) – averagely?

Everyday
Twice a week
Once a week
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Once a month
Less than once a month

Would you be interested in using a hand operated automated electronic rapid guitar maintenance multi-tool?

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If answered yes to the previous question how much would you be willing/expect to purchase the product for?

£20-25
£26-30
£30-40
£40+

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and see this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSoVKUVOnfQ

for a robotic turning action (sorry, can't resist terrible puns). I might've picked Peter Crouch, but for Ian Wright's "I'll get my coat" comment at the end:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38T0BF2WAHk

I was going to do the Peter Crouch gag but thought it was too dire. :lol:

Those old manual string winders work great, why would you want a robotic one?
I just use the old manual wind on method (fingers), i have a multi-tool in the case but rarely use it, it's there in case of emergency, i got it free with 2 sets of Elixr strings, it has a winder, a light, cross head, 2 hex's, cutters and pliers, think i paid £15 for the whole deal, to be honest i was only interested in the strings but the tool came along with it.

I break strings quite a lot when gigging, and i have a spare guitar to get me out of trouble, if it breaks in the first set i put a new string on in the intveral, if it breaks in the 2nd set i just play the spare to the end.

That robotic tuner often shown on here as an advert looks complete rubbish, who would spend hard earned cash on a gimmick like that?

If you want to go down the electric route, then how about designing a tuner attachment that can fit in a standard electric screwdriver chuck? then you could also fit it into a specially designed string winder (manual), so it pulls out of the manual winder and slots into a screwdriver chuck, you can buy those screwdrivers for around £10 in the DIY stores and they are variable speed, plenty of torque to shift a guitar tuner.
(I still wouldn't buy one)

For the record, i change my strings about every 4 gigs (8 weeks), the guitars i use at home i change about every 6 months, depending on how often i use them.

I can think of a defence for the robotic tuner. I remember (I think I posted about it here) a three-band gig and the 1st band's bassist snapped his "A". He quickly opened my case and saw it was a lefty bass. So he opened the 3rd player's case. I knew the player so I couldn't wait to see the poor guy's face... The 3rd band's man played a fretless :lol:

Anyhoo, the point. The guy struggled with one of the other basses (can't remember which) for a song and I grabbed his bass and one of my spares (he didn't carry strings, the dolt). It is actually quite tricky to tune up an unplugged instrument while a band is gigging. I can get away, just, by placing my cheek on the upper horn and feeling the vibes. The robotic has a built-in tuner so, I'm assuming, it tweeks the machinehead back and forth until it gets the green light.

It's about the only circumstance I can think of, but for a road tech it may be a very useful tool.

I sent the guy a PM a while back but focused on the Maintainance, cleaning and stuff but then you end up with custom heads for a Dremel basically, hadn't thought of tuning so much, don't really see much argument to mechanise it, in 1bl's example surely plugging into a tuner would work? Or am I being dense?! Iknow on y tuner the jack over-rides the mic.

:oops: , there was no tuner available at the time but, yep, that would've solved the problem.

1bassleft wrote:
I can think of a defence for the robotic tuner. I remember (I think I posted about it here) a three-band gig and the 1st band's bassist snapped his "A". He quickly opened my case and saw it was a lefty bass. So he opened the 3rd player's case. I knew the player so I couldn't wait to see the poor guy's face... The 3rd band's man played a fretless :lol:

Anyhoo, the point. The guy struggled with one of the other basses (can't remember which) for a song and I grabbed his bass and one of my spares (he didn't carry strings, the dolt). It is actually quite tricky to tune up an unplugged instrument while a band is gigging. I can get away, just, by placing my cheek on the upper horn and feeling the vibes. The robotic has a built-in tuner so, I'm assuming, it tweeks the machinehead back and forth until it gets the green light.

It's about the only circumstance I can think of, but for a road tech it may be a very useful tool.

plug in a guitar tuner and it does exactly the same thing, whats the difference? you still have to plug your guitar lead in to the the robotuner.

I jumped in a bit late there.... case of not reading the replies til you hit the Submit button :lol:

But is it robotic.

For Darren, it looks a bit like the product idea might have no problem to solve. Like some of the other posts here, I have a swap-head screwdriver and a set of allen keys and they tend to get used at home rather than at gigs. I don't see myself buying a rapid de-stringer multitool because, as a bass player, I restring as infrequently as I can get away with.

Sorry if some responses seem very negative, but that's the point of a questionnaire :)

Tim wrote:
I sent the guy a PM a while back but focused on the Maintainance, cleaning and stuff but then you end up with custom heads for a Dremel .

Dremel may be a bit harsh, the lowest setting is 5000 rpm !
at that rate it would wind a string on in 3 nanoseconds.
But then you could always change the attachment for one of those polishing wheels which means you could give your guitar a fret dress during the gig interval.

Hands up all those who even looked at the video demo of the Robotic Tuner??

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