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Roadie Bass

Automatic Tuner
Published January 2019
By Bob Thomas

Roadie Bass

This handy gadget aims to take all the hard work out of tuning your stringed instruments.

In the 1990s, Canada’s Kraus Musical Innovations developed the String Master: a handheld combination of electronic tuner and electric motor designed to automatically and accurately tune a guitar to the standard EADGBE. Although it worked well, and pioneered the ‘pistol-grip’ paradigm for future handheld automatic tuners, the String Master disappeared without trace.

Roadie Hits The Road

In 2013, a successful Kickstarter campaign enabled Beirut-based startup Band Industries to launch the Roadie, an automated guitar, ukulele, banjo and mandolin tuner. More high‑tech than the String Master, the Roadie relied upon a Bluetooth‑connected iPhone app to detect string pitch and carry out the necessary computations. The unit itself simply turned the instruments’ machine...

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Published January 2019