Jeff Newman’s Tuning Charts

Translated from Hz to cents for modern tuners (1 Hz = 4 cents)


E9th
A B C are floor pedals. D E F G and X are knee levers.  

Tune all open strings first, then pedals A B C, then levers D E F G and X.

Open A B C D E F G X
F# +6             G +6  
D# -4         D -4
C# -6
     
G# -4   A +4            
E +10     F# -2 D# +2   F -18    
B +8 C# -6   C# -6         A# +10
G# -4   A +4            
F# +6             G +6  
E +10       D# +2   F -18    
D +6                
B +8 C# -6             A# +10


C6th
Open 4 5 6 7 8 K
D -6            
E -4     F +8      
C +10       D +8   B +2
A -6 B -10     B -10    
G +8   F# -14        
E -4     D# +10      
C +10         C# -18  
A -6 B -10          
F +6   F# -14     E -6  
C -6   D -14     A -18  


E9th/B6th
A B C 4 5 6 and 7 are floor pedals. D E F and X are knee levers.Tune all open strings first, then pedals A B C, then levers D E F and X, then pedals 4 5 6 and 7 with the D lever engaged.
Open A B C 4 5 6 7 D E F X
F# +6                      
D# -4               C# -6 D -4    
G# -4   A +4                  
E +10     F# -2     E +8   D# +2   F -18  
B +8 C# -6   C# -6       C# +8       A# +2
G# -4   A +4         A# -10        
F# +6         F -14            
E +10           D +10   D# +2   F -18  
B +8 C# -6     C -18         D +6    
G# -4   A +4                  
E +10       D# -6 F -14         F -18  
B +8       G# -18 C# -14            

8 Replies to “Jeff Newman’s Tuning Charts”

  1. b0b: I wonder why Jeff apparently wanted the E’s tuned 10 cents sharp on the E9th. tuning? Was he counting on most guitars to have a 10 cent cabinet drop? It will probably sound just fine, but I’m just curious as to what his thinking was based on. Thanks, Tommy…….

    1. I always tune my E9th neck sharp. When I tune to 440, I have to play flat in order play with be in tune with a band. I believe that this has to due with the tuner being equal tempered. Why this is, I haven’t as yet figured out.

  2. Hi B0b,
    Should lever E in Jeff’s E9/B6 universal tuning not lower the 2nd string to D? It looks like a typo. The C# is already on lever D. Also, my Zum S-12U (that I bought from Jeff) lowers D# to D with lever E. Contrary to the above copedent my Zum has the Day setup. Lever D is my RKR, lever F is my KRL, lever X my vertical and lever E my LKL.
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    1. He probably had a half-stop on it, tuned to D (-4 cents). It wasn’t on his Hz chart, though, so I didn’t include it. The C# on the E lower lever is there to act like the D string on C6th, when in “B6th mode”.

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