The Decker Lok-N-Roll improves your instrument by providing proper pitch and compensation across the fretboard. The need to apply different string pressure on each string due to inherent sharp or flat notes is no longer an issue. Equal pressure on each string is provided across the fingerboard. These features allow the Lok-N-Roll to assist with wrist, arm, and finger discomfort. As the player, you will notice an improved difference in chords, scales, alternate tunings, string skipping, sweeping, tapping, harmonics, dive bombs and other tremolo tricks. The nut is a direct drop-in replacement for most similar style locking nuts, making it easy to install.
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It was bicentennial year, 1976, when Gregory Decker picked up his first guitar, a Japanese Ventura acoustic. Although Gregory aspired to learn the styles of his musical influences such as Deep Purple, Led Zepplin, and Jimi Hendrix, his teacher specialized in folk-style, so Gregory put the guitar aside to focus on poetry, songwriting, and vocal training. Later, while fronting a rock band, he was asked to play guitar to give the band a fuller sound. It was then that Gregory realized his passion was rock guitar. Growing up in southern California during the 80’s big-hair glory days, Gregory was part of the Hollywood Sunset Boulevard music scene.
During these times, double locking tremolos were on many of the most famous and influential guitarists instruments worldwide and continues to be so to this day. Oftentimes, Gregory noticed guitars appeared to be out of pitch. After much research, Gregory developed a way to compensate his beloved double locking tremolo equipped guitars by adding shims and moving the nut closer toward the bridge.
Meanwhile, Gregory expanded his professional experience into several areas including owning a guitar specialty store, Music Gear Guys, as well as touring with bands, composing, and continuing to develop new inventions for the music industry. After years of perfecting his compensated locking nut design, he felt it was time to share his inventions. As a result, the Decker Lok-N-Roll Compensated Locking Nut became available to all musicians.
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"COMPENSATED locking nut reviewed on an Anderson Telecaster. If you listen to the open chords of the uncompensated you will hear an imbalance in string vibration and chord clarity. With the nut all strings will vibrate equally, thus providing compensation. This is an amazing concept and design. For over 30 years, people have struggled with the intonation issues of locking nuts and heavy hitting wang bars...these guys have cured it! The patented design keeps the usual tuning suspects in check, while maintaining sustain and a clear path to the tuning machines. The pitch shifting when switching between nuts, is my tuning...it is not from the nut. Just had my tuner calibration switched and did not realize it until it came time to edit. Dig it!" - Gearmanndude
"I love the in-tune sound I get with a compensated nut. I'm so glad I'll be able to get that same intonation on my Floyd-equipped guitars."
- Alec Lee, Moderator from The Gear Page
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The Lok N Roll is a compensated locking nut designed by TGP's own Gregory Decker. Is is the result of years of ongoing experimentation dating back to his years as a touring musician. He first focused on setting the compensation to get the guitar to sound more in tune up and down the neck. After improving the intonation, his later efforts emphasized evening out the perceived tension in the strings. It's a drop-in replacement for the standard Floyd Rose locking nut and is expected to adopted by a number of Floyd-equipped guitar manufacturers.
Original article here: http://blog.thegearpage.net/?page_id=4150
Music Gear Guys Owner Gregory Decker Invented Lok-N-RollTHURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016 AT 7:13 A.M.BY JON SOLOMON
Gregory Decker owns Music Gear Guys, the guitar specialty store on South Broadway, and he’s a touring guitarist with four decades of playing experience. He also happens to invent tech for musical instruments and has over one hundred patents. He’s been working on one of his inventions, Lok-N-Roll, for several years, and his compensating locking nut for Floyd Rose tremolo systems was just released to the public.
Decker licensed Lok-N-Roll to AP International, Floyd Rose’s distributor, which is also manufacturing the product. To explain what Lok-N-Roll does in layman's terms: It improves instruments by providing proper pitch and compensation across the fretboard. Decker came up with the idea for Lok-N-Roll when he realized his guitars with Floyd Rose tremolos were never tuned properly, and he eventually came up with an improvement on his own guitar.
The Lok-N-Roll compensating locking nut.Courtesy of Music Gear Guys
Decker says Lok-N-Roll and Floyd Rose locking nuts look identical, but he designed Lok-N-Roll so that every string has its own touch-down, or point of reference. “There’s a step inside the actual nut for each string so it vibrates perfectly for each string individually like a piano,” he adds. “So it actually does compensate for perfect tuning. The second thing it does, because of the steps and how I designed it, it gives even tension across the fingerboard."
He continues, “A lot of people have tendonitis, and so guitar strings, for example, like the G string, are always sharp. It’s inherently sharp. This doesn’t have this anymore. If you’re string skipping, sweeping or tapping, or any of the tricks or anything, you don’t have to apply different string tension for every string. So it’s nice and even, and it helps with carpal tunnel.”
Decker also designed a new bass nut, which he says is the newest thing in the industry since 1977, as well as a new chromatic tuner for Floyd Rose, and he’s developed a new system for Gibson guitars as well as one for Kahler tremolos that will be coming out in the future.
“There’s a lot more stuff coming out straight from Denver to the rest of the world,” Decker says.
AP International Releases the Lok-N-Rol Compensated NutJanuary 04, 2016
Wall Township, New Jersey (January 4, 2016) -- The new Lok-N-Roll improves your guitar by providing proper pitch and compensation across the fretboard. The need to apply different string pressure on each string due to inherent sharp or flat notes is no longer an issue. Equal pressure on each string is provided across the fingerboard. These features allow the Lok-N-Roll to assist with wrist, arm, and finger discomfort. As the player, you will notice an improved difference in chords, scales, alternate tunings, string skipping, sweeping, tapping, harmonics, dive bombs, and other tremolo tricks. The nut is a direct drop-in replacement for most similar style locking nuts, making it extremely easy to retrofit. As the Lok-N-Roll does not need to be clamped to be compensated, it can also be used as a standard nut without the locking feature. The Lok-N-Roll will be distributed by AP International, parent company of Floyd Rose Marketing. Find this product at Winter NAMM.