Axel Ritt

Axel Ritt
Band: Grave Digger

About: Tuning a guitar is one of the major problems you got on stage. The temperature is changing within seconds, the stage is full of beer, sweat and tears and you are surrounded by a singer, who’s always pretty close to ram your headstock and put your guitar out of tune.

I got in contact with the Tronical system for the first time at the Wacken Open Air 2013 and to be honest, I was a little skeptical, whether a electro-mechanical system can handle the extraordinary gauge of my strings. I play 013 – 056 strings in standard tuning, which means more than 200! pounds of traction on the headstock.

But the result blew me away. I did not expect that precise and fast tuning in all situations, which eases the stage performance a lot. Also the change between different tunings on the same guitar can’t do any faster. The Tronical tuning system is one of the most innovative invention our time. – Axel Ritt


Axel “Ironfinger“ Ritt got his hands on the guitar for the very first time at the age of 12. His first musical influences were the british masters of the big tone like Jeff Beck, Brian May and in the first row, Gary Moore. From the age of 13, Axel entered the stage regularly and kept the straight road to develop his technical abilities as a rock guitarist. He got his nickname because of the very heavy gauge (013 – 056 in standard tuning), he uses on his instruments.

As a award winner of “Youth Jazz“, he studied music and architecture in Dortmund, Germany, followed by a large list of bands, for example XRIDE, ZÜNDER, KINGDOM and DOMAIN. Since late 2009, Axel became the guitarist of one of the leading bands of German heavy metal, GRAVE DIGGER, who are regular guests on all stages around the world and got remarkable chart entries in all countries. The next world tour will be kicked off at the end of the year.

The charisma of Axel bases on his extraordinary virtuosic guitar work, his pithily tone and his attractive stage performance. The trade press praises him to the skies as the “fastest fingers of Germany“. In addition to his work as a musician, Axel knows the other side of the coin as well. He’s working as a producer, owns 2 music production companies (Humbucker Music GmbH, Sovereign Events GmbH), got his own music publishing and is the owner of the Meadow Recording Studios.

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