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Decent guitar tuner

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by Guitarfreak, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Need a tuner to a. tune guitar and b. perform intonation checks with. It MUST be able to do alternate tunings, preferably chromatic. It must also have line level input, I'm not a fan of the 'singing tuner'. It must also be accurate enough to accurately set intonation for clients. I'm open to handheld tuners as well as stompbox tuners. Form is not a concern of mine, function is the key word here.

    [/bossy rant]
    Have at thee :)
  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

  3. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Any decent chromatic tuner does alternate tunings, they can read any pitch so the guitarist simply needs to know the pitches of the tuning he is looking for. Boss makes a good stompbox tuner, I use an Intellitouch headstock tuner mostly, no input but senses the vibration through the headstock, well lit, sensitive, tunes acoustics as well as electrics. Boss and Korg both make very good handheld tuners in the $100.00 range.
    The two guitar techs I know use strobe tuners. http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Effects/product/Peterson+Tuners/AutoStrobe+490/10/1
    If you want dead accurate intonations this is the type to use, however I doubt these units are in your price range at $500-$1000 depending on make or model.
    Peterson also makes this
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Personally, I like having something at each end of the spectrum. For really setting intonation and any really careful tuning I have a Peterson and for day-to-day use I have several of the Korg chromatics lying around. They are cheap, small, and pretty easy to read. I find that small tuners get dropped, lost, "borrowed", etc. So its better to find a cheap one you like and buy them by the bushel.
  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    The Peterson VSAM gets a +1 from me. It is what I recommend to serious instrumental musicians. The Stroboflip looks good too but I haven't seen one in person.

    +1 also for the cheap CC sized tuners as disposable gig gear. And they will disappear on you unless there is a roadie tuning all the instruments.
  6. Feverdream

    Feverdream Guest

    I'd also recommend the Peterson, the bassist in my band uses it and it's brilliant.
  7. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    The only problem with the Peterson is that it is not as intuitive as a metered tuner like the Korg or Boss. Not something you would hand to someone for the first time in the middle of a gig.
  8. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Anyone remember the 12 note Conn strobe tuners? Several of my horn teachers used to make me play long tones trying to stop as many wheels as I could. The idea was that if the wheels were stopped the partials within the tone were good and the quality of the sound would be at it's best/fullest. The side effect also being that the embouchure/breathing must be correct to make it happen.

    Fun with tuning 201.....
  9. dave_p

    dave_p Active Member

    boss tu12
  10. NCdan

    NCdan Guest

    I think my current tuner cost me $18. It plugs right into the guitar input. It works. What more could a person want? The guitar is woefully out of tune, anyway. And no, a silly nut will not fix that. I think you need one of those fanned fret guitars: http://www.novaxguitars.com/ They look so ergonomical, but such is the price of playing in tune, I suppose.

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