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 C# -6
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

7 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…….

  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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