We are accustomed to thinking about pitch bend effects located at the bridge of the guitar. Typically, conventional instruments employ a body-mounted mechanical or electrical device to control tremolo and vibrato. However, this is limiting, especially to emerging playing techniques centered around right hand tapping.
Imagine how your playing technique would change if you could control tremolo with your left hand...
Or simultaneously, changing string pitch from either (or both) ends of the string anchor points...
I am disclosing a method of mounting tuners or anchoring strings at the intonation end of a stringed instrument, opposite the body, independent of, or reduced associated with, the headstock or neck.
In one embodiment of this invention, conventional tuning keys are attached to a structure capable of — but not limited to — pivoting or rotating or sliding, apart from the neck or headstock, allowing user-controlled access to string tension effects disassociated with tuning.
Alternate embodiments include the ability to have at least one of a string anchor point or string tuner attached to the neck or headstock itself, or to the independent or reduced associated with mount, in a split configuration permitting some string pitches to change while others remain constant.
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