Buzz Feiten tuning system class – 24 hrs

We are a Certified Buzz Feiten Tuning System® training facility. Become an authorized Feiten Installer through this training you’ll receive in our shop. In this two-day session, you will be trained in both Level 1 and Level 2 Buzz Feiten Tuning System® and retrofitting techniques. Along with the system training there are many valuable repair techniques that are covered in the course outline. Bring your own project guitar to “Feitenize” during this seminar.

Two days (16 hours) of class time. $1000

  • “I defy anybody to not hear the difference.”
    -Michael Thompson

  • “There’s no time for tuning problems. Now I don’t even think about it.”
    -George Marinelli

  • “It’s in tune all over the neck now.”
    -Scott Henderson

  • “I’ve been playing guitar since I was six years old, and it’s finally in tune.”
    -Larry Carlton

  • “I think it’s one of the greatest innovations in guitar technology.”
    -Steve Vai

  • “Having played guitar for nearly forty years, I’ve learned to expect intonation problems. But now, for the first time, the problems are gone. I’m in tune.”
    -Michael Thompson

The Problem: Your guitar doesn’t play in tune

Tune an E chord at the first fret so it sounds in tune with itself. Now play the A and D chords and at least one or two notes are sharp or flat. No matter how carefully you tune your guitar, without the Buzz Feiten Tuning System® you can’t compensate for this ’brick wall’ in intonation. So you play around the bad notes or avoid certain notes and chords altogether. Besides cramping your technique, it’s a constant annoyance when performing or recording. The Buzz Feiten Class from Galloup Guitars teaches you the reason behind this and the solution: The Buzz Feiten Tuning System®.

The Reason: Standard intonation is not pleasing to the ear

Guitars are designed and built using a standard formula for intonation and nut placement. Each string is intonated only to itself resulting in an attempt to create perfect, mathematical intervals. Piano tuners abandoned the use of perfect mathematical intervals over 400 years ago because it simply is not pleasing to the ear, and the Buzz Feiten Tuning System® works on a similar principle. Piano strings are ’stretch tuned’ so that the intonation is pleasing anywhere on the keyboard. The resulting ’tempered’ tuning is superbly musical, and most important, in tune with the ear at all intervals. A properly tuned piano provides the absolute pitch reference for all instruments. The Buzz Feiten Tuning System® applies this intonation model to the guitar.

The Solution: The Buzz Feiten Tuning System

Inspired by the piano’s tempered tuning, the Buzz Feiten Tuning System® is a revolutionary intonation model for guitar that intonates each string not only to itself, but also to every other string. Furthermore, to eliminate sharpness in the first three frets, the nut is moved a prescribed distance closer to the bridge. The result of the Buzz Feiten Tuning System® – play any note, any chord, anywhere on the neck and you’ll be in tune. And, it doesn’t change the way your guitar looks or plays.

The Buzz Feiten Class from Galloup Guitars is a fully Certified Buzz Feiten Tuning System® Training Course. Once completing this training session you are certified by the Galloup School of Lutherie in the techniques necessary to install and retrofit fretted instruments using the Buzz Feiten Tuning System® on your personal instruments. We will also brief you on how to become a fully certified and registered Buzz Feiten Design retrofitting center at no extra cost. Once registered, you can retrofit your customer’s instruments with the Buzz Feiten Tuning System® for profit.

Topics covered:

  • Selection of a strobe tuner
  • Intonation theory of Buzz Feiten Tuning System®
  • Scale lengths and fret placement
  • String gauge selection
  • Removing a nut
  • Installation of the shelf nut to composite for end tension
  • Filling a saddle slot
  • Locating saddle placement using tempered intonation
  • Cutting a saddle slot on the guitar
  • Setting tempered intonation on a bone saddle
  • Setting action

As with all of our programs, we will assist you in purchasing the necessary tools for the Buzz Feiten Tuning System while you are a student here at the school. If you would like more information about the Buzz Feiten Tuning System, visit