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Getting a tuner.

Post by SlayerBear17 » Sat May 21, 2016 8:42 pm

So one of the must need things is a new tuner. Actually yes I have one. It's a Rack mount format. Considering I. M using a tube head with wireless I figured I would see about getting a true by pass pedal.

It's a bday present from my future wife as she's taking me out today.


Today was her bday and it's mine tomorrow.

She wanted to surprise me but had no idea which tuner to get..


In fact I have no idea which one to get.......so stayed tuned..


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Re: Getting a tuner.

Post by jmail » Sun May 22, 2016 7:59 pm

Oh NO! GAS has you in its grips Bear! Stay away from the light! Do NOT seek the treasure! The temptation of the tuner purchase is a snare, a ruse to lure you into the store! Your future wife is its next victim! Main problem with that: it won't be musical gear, but maybe 'crafts', or maybe clothes - shoes even! -shudder-

But seriously, if I wear my glasses, I like my little clamp-on thingie (Dunlop??). Like $15 US?? Clamps on to the back of the headstock, and uses the wood's vibrations for the tuning. I also like the onboard tuner of my PV Vypyr 30 amp, though it's very finicky abot sharp & flat. I do still prefer my old inline tuner that cost over $100 US way back when. Not as 'fast' as the modern tuners, and uses red, yellow and green LED lights to indicate 'tuning', which I can still see on the other side of the room without my glasses...

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Re: Getting a tuner.

Post by SlayerBear17 » Tue May 31, 2016 3:24 am

So finally ended up with a guitar tuner. did I go pedal or clip on.....I already own a rack mount tuner.

TaDa!!!!!

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I went clip on over pedal for a few reasons. #1 its cheap. #2 its small #3 its convenient.

I was quite nervous getting this however I did do my homework. This particular model got some great reviews. Tried it out tonight and first impressions are good. it was quick and responsive, I can only assume the accuracy is within acceptable standards.

The only thing I am nervous for is accuracy while on stage with drums and bass......this tuner has a mic but also works off of vibrations. Another thing someone mentioned was life span.....his didnt last very long.....however being as cheap as they are....you can afford to buy 3 or 4 and not worry.

so the real test will be on our next gig.....the road test....sure \i can test it in rehearsal but real world apps are in and on the stage.

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Re: Getting a tuner.

Post by jc » Tue May 31, 2016 4:39 am

ive been using the clip on vibration tuners for a few years now. i purchased a nice one after researching but something happened to it. got another one that works fine but yeah i think some models will have a larger range for more accuracy if that is important.
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Re: Getting a tuner.

Post by SlayerBear17 » Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:37 am

So it looks like I found the tuners first fault. The led screen where you see the tunings.....is affected by light....so for example in a well lit area like our jam room with Flours up above.....made it very hard to see. I had to adjust the angle and play around with it just to see what I was doing.

I havent actually tried it out in a poorly lit area like say a gig...only because I kept forgetting it.

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Re: Getting a tuner.

Post by jc » Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:47 am

interesting. check out reviews on amazon, that is where I still do most of my product research before buying.

here are a few https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st_revi ... eview-rank

maybe spend a bit more for something like this? http://www.amazon.com/Crescendo-ZenStro ... ts&sr=1-23

or this http://www.amazon.com/TC-Electronic-Pol ... DDS5NEKMRT
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Re: Getting a tuner.

Post by jmail » Sat Jun 11, 2016 11:42 am

A friend of mine plays mostly bluegrass (acoustic guitar), and for the most part, the rooms where they play are rather well-lit. He "built" himself a "light shield hood" from a piece of black duct tape. Wish I had taken a picture of it last time I saw him... Just take a piece of duct tape, about two inches longer than the tuner is wide, lay it across the top edge of the tuner, folding down over the back side, leaving the front as a shield. I suppose you could cut a little piece of paper to stick to the "overhang" portion, in case of accidental folding-over, and that way, it wouldn't stick to the face of the tuner. My friend took the extra length at an angle then, down and back, and folded the tape over the upper part, around the back. In a "normal" setting, it looks like part of the device. I'll have to find me something, and do a set of pix for it, unless you've got a better imagination than I do, and can "see" what I describe...

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Re: Getting a tuner.

Post by SlayerBear17 » Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:15 am

Well it seems the more I use this tuner it seems to slowly go down hill. So using it at practice it just didnt want to cooperate. perhaps it was picking up vibrations from the bass cab...but I just couldnt get my guitar dialed in. seemed like hours....and the drummer mentioned to me...."Seriously J? You bought a cheap clip on tuner?" :lol: :lol:

I started to regret my purchase however...it didnt cost me an arm and a leg...and it can be useful in some situations......perhaps.

So I did the right thing which my gut told me to do right from the beginning and bought a used boss pedal tuner. I am going to end up building a small pedal board for my wireless and tuner.

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Re: Getting a tuner.

Post by jmail » Sun Jun 19, 2016 3:14 pm

One that I've got does pickup "extraneous" noise, such as a conversation on the other side of the building, or a bird "singing" outside the closed window, across the yard... :lol:

But seriously, don't toss it, since it'd probably work fine to leave at home, sitting on the desk by where you'd practice the guitar.... Get one of the better ones for when you're in a noisier environment.

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Re: Getting a tuner.

Post by jc » Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:48 pm

jmail wrote:
But seriously, don't toss it, since it'd probably work fine to leave at home, sitting on the desk by where you'd practice the guitar.... .
he could give it to a street busker that looks like they might need it ;)
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