Category Archives: Design

Q: Does the Buzz Feiten Intonation System really work?

A: Check it out with your own ears. It works. Major players all over the globe, including Stu Hamm, Liona Boyd, Robert Fripp, Larry Carlton, Jimmy Haslip, Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai all have good ears. Every one of them will now play on nothing else. You’ve got ears. Give a listen to a Feiten-tuned [...]

Q: What about Daniel Schell’s “Mirror Fourths’ tuning, described in the ‘My Space’ method book?

A: Schell’s method enjoys good acceptance as an outstanding method, especially for musicians who plan to do a lot of reading. The factory can restring basses per Schell’s method, and reset the Feiten Intonation System so that you get those benefits under his tuning as well. If you’ll not be using our standard strings, we’ll [...]

Q: Can Mobius provide the European ‘uncrossed hands’ tuning?

A: Yes, on most instruments, we can. On standard tuning, the bass strings group is nearest your face, and in ‘uncrossed hands’ the instrument is restrung so that the harmony strings group is closest to your face and bass strings group furthest. The benefit is that your left hand on the left side of the [...]

Q: Why is Mobius’s standard tuning like a bass?

A: Why not? It’s a bass! The tuning of a standard six-string bass is a good thing. Musicians all around the world already know this tuning so it’s easy for them to learn touch-style on a tuning they already know. There is also the popular bass-strings tuning we call ‘Inverted Fifths’ which has some enthusiasts [...]

Q: I worked a long time to learn six strings on my guitar. How can playing these twelve strings be easy?

A: It’s easier than it looks. Did you ever hear about the guy who, seeing a piano for the first time, said, “Man! How can you ever mash all those notes at once?” It’s the same idea. You don’t play them all at once. In fact, we start out just playing three strings just above [...]

Q: What is Mobius Megatar ‘fourth generation design’ about?

A: As engineers, we believe there were three generations of tapping instruments from the 40′s through the 90′s. The first generation, those were standard guitars just tweaked a little for tapping. The second wave consisted of somewhat radical designs made only for tapping. The third wave more recently saw high-end traditions being applied to tapping [...]