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Tuner pedal vs clip on

Discussion in 'The Effect effect' started by Stormy Monday, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 19, 2011
    I am starting to reconfigure my pedal board. Any advantage in using a pedal tuner vs clip ons. I don't gig. I jam with some guys a couple times a week.

  2. DIYrocker

    DIYrocker Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 16, 2013
    Tuner pedals are way more convenient, at least for me.
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  3. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Pedals mute and aren't affected by their surroundings.
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  4. gjohnson441496

    gjohnson441496 Strat-Talker

    Jun 6, 2017
    I'm using a Polytune clip-on right now but I'm going to switch to a pedal tuner for the reasons stated in the 2 previous post by DIYrocker & Thrup'ny Bit
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  5. Raimonds

    Raimonds Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 28, 2015
    clip-on at home and pedal on pedalboard for gigs and jams.
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  6. Nate D

    Nate D Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 2, 2016
    Philly, PA
    I use a tuner pedal... that way it can also be used as a mute/kill switch while playing live.
  7. omahaaudio

    omahaaudio Strat-O-Master

    Apr 21, 2014
    I've compared clip-ons to pedals and found no real difference as they all seem to agree with one another.
    I've freed up some pedal board space by using a clip-on.
  8. jball85

    jball85 Strat-O-Master

    Mar 16, 2014
    East Texas
    If you've got a nitro lacquer finished neck/headstock don't use a Snark clip-on or comparable tuner with rubber pads on the clip. It'll discolor the spot it clips on to.
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  9. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Running with Scissors
    I only used a pedal tuner when gigging and mainly as a mute. For home or jams clip on is fine and you have a mute built in to the guitar, the vol knob. Also a clip on will not harm nitro unless you leave it on all the time. I leave them on my nitro finished Strats, Les Paul and Martins for 2-3 hour jam sessions and have never had a problem. However I tend to tune up then remove the thing. From there you should be able to tune back any strings that go flat or sharp a bit just by ear.
  10. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 19, 2011
    what got this started was,, last night the guys were over to jam. My strat with the Clapton Mid boost TBX installed started fading out. I picked up another guitar and my clip on tuner wouldn't work with the other guys/guitar playing. So I started looking for a solution to avoid this happening again.
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  11. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Dec 27, 2016
    I use a Boss TU-3 pedal for my single coil guitars. All of my guitars with humbuckers have a Shadow humbucker ring tuner installed. Thes nothing more convenient IMO. They even work with the volume turned all the way off of they are wired correctly.

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  12. Miotch

    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 28, 2011
    I use clip on simply because I have three and no tuner pedals. When I gigged, I used a multi-effects unit where I just hit a button and looked down. I will probably get a pedal one sometime, but have developed a wife-induced allergy to spending money.
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  13. Soul31

    Soul31 Strat-Talk Member

    Jun 15, 2018
    Yeah at home I use the clip on, I practice often unamplified and it obviously still works in that instance. At a gig it's a pedal all the way. Its not only good for the kill switch aspect, but I don't like the look of the clip-on on the headstock for some reason.
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  14. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 8, 2016
    Clip on tuner looks terribly tacky to me.
    They also don't seem to work for me in a noisy environment (at a gig for instance).
    I have a tuner on my meager little pedal board, it's all i trust.

    At home i use the app on my phone.
  15. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Running with Scissors
    Mine does the same thing when the other guitarsist in my band is playing, if it’s a jam my solution is to tell him to shut up for a second, which usually leads to him realizing he’s out of tune as well. For a gig I would definitely use a pedal tuner. However as I said if you’re in tune to start unless you go nuts with the whammy or your guitar is poorly setup you really should not be so far out of tune you cannot get it back by ear.
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  16. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 6, 2016
    Pedal. Very convenient and it doesn't pickup extraneous noise.
  17. gjohnson441496

    gjohnson441496 Strat-Talker

    Jun 6, 2017
    That's neat
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  18. Silvercrow

    Silvercrow Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 6, 2014
    Bucks County, Pa.
    PEDAL. For the reasons listed above!

    I love my Sonic Research turbo tuner. Small footprint. FASTEST tuner I ever used. As fast as you can play the notes they register. (I'm sure it wouldn't work if I were Van Halen or Vai...LOL)

    Accurate enough for intonation. My luthier says his Sonic is on par with his Peterson strobe.

    $125.00 USA made. Built like a brick. No, I'm not an endorsee, but a VERY happy customer.

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  19. RaySachs

    RaySachs Strat-O-Master

    Jun 25, 2017
    Philly area
    Polytune 3 pedal for electric - I always play plugged in, even at very low volumes. Clip on for my acoustics, which I almost never plug in. I have Emeralds with their offset soundholes and generally use one of the little D’Adarrio tuners with the little nub cut off and mounted to the soundhole with a bit of dual lock...
  20. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 15, 2014
    Tried a Clip on vs pedal tuner, no real difference.

    Id say use a clip, less crap on the board cleaner signal, less capacitance loss, better tone.