17 December 02 - Kevin Ramsey (Japan), to Stickwire:
Yes, the graphite instruments are wonderful, no doubt. But, to be fair, I've never had to tune a wood Stick "10 times per day". In fact, it was much, much closer to tuning it once every 10 days, because it held it's tuning so well. (Due to the low-tension strings, I believe). In fact, Sticks that I've had shipped from Stick Enterprises to Japan (a trip of no less than 5 days, half way around the world) have arrived in tune and playable straight out of the case.
8 October 02 - Micah Ball (CA), to Stickwire:
Hey, speaking of theory, how is it possible that my Grand Stick can have 6 strings tuned in 5ths with the same scale length, and have them all sound consistent and in tune? Isn't that remarkable?
3 September 02 - Jim Kam (TX), to Stickwire:
The other night, I was watching a folk (guitar playing) duo play a gig and it seems like they were always tuning. Part of it was self inflicted - switching to open tunings and back to standard etc. Much of the time, though, it was because their instruments kept going out of tune between songs. And they had decent instruments too - a Martin and a Gibson. They even joked about it and asked me how often I tune seeing as they knew I was a Stick player. My answer was that I tune once before I play, which is generally true.
So, I played 6 songs at open mike on Wednesday as a way to publicize my Saturday night gig. I tuned up before that, and really didn't have to because I was very close to in tune.
Of course, since I had the Saturday night engagement, I practiced a lot between Wed and Sat. Saturday night came along, and wouldn't you know, I forgot to tune up before starting. Lord knows I had plenty of time. I finished sound check a good 20 minutes before starting. As far as I can remember, I did not tune the Stick till this morning when I realized that I had gone through three 45 minute sets Saturday without having tuned since Wednesday! (During the night I remember adjusting one of the strings as it was a little flat, but I did that mid song without a tuner). Even today the strings weren't too far off - most were uniformly within 10 cents, 1 was about 30 cents off. These are not particularly new strings either. I changed them before a gig in the first week of July! Even a piano needs to be tuned if it's moved.
22 August 02 - Jeff Edmunds (PA), to Stickwire:
I played guitar for 7 years before playing Stick. Depending on the guitar (even good, well set-up guitars), I was more or less regularly irritated by the intonation of guitars. I could hear it, I could feel it. It bugged me.
When I began playing Stick, one of the things that I liked immediately was the intonation. I was amazed at how consistent it was and by the fact that on those very rare occasions when I heard something I thought was amiss, it was a matter of tuning, not intonation.
21 April 97 - Andre Dienske Lambertusstraat, (Holland), to Stick Enterprises:
The Stick itself, as I told you before, is behaving extraordinarily well under the strangest circumstances. This winter was very cold and dry in Holland, and all my bass guitars and double basses had a very bad time, with bending and untuning and all. The Stick acted as if nothing was the matter, and didn't even need a re-tuning even though it had been minus 20 (Celsius). As the troubled owner of many string instruments I have to admit that this is a rare performance for something with twelve strings on it.
3 August 96 - Larry Tuttle (CA), to Stickwire:
I just got my purple heart Grand and I love it. I went up to Emmett's house and tried a few instruments and the purple heart stuck in my mind as the one with the best feel (just my opinion). It's also the heaviest, which I happen to like. It feels more solid to me, less susceptible to change (once again, just my opinion). I've played a lot of outdoor gigs this summer and my ax stays in tune pretty darn well.
7 April 96 - Leonardo Rotini (Italy), to Stickwire:
For my little experience (but quite good ear) on Stick, never had any intonation problem with the instrument. Surely the setup is essential for optimum playing feel and for calibrating your touch.
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