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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

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    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.

    Gracias
     
  2. DIYrocker

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    Tuner pedals are way more convenient, at least for me.
     
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    Pedals mute and aren't affected by their surroundings.
     
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    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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    clip-on at home and pedal on pedalboard for gigs and jams.
     
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    I use a tuner pedal... that way it can also be used as a mute/kill switch while playing live.
     
  7. omahaaudio

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    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.
     
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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    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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    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

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    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.
     
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    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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    Pedal. Very convenient and it doesn't pickup extraneous noise.
     
  17. gjohnson441496

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    That's neat
     
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  18. Silvercrow

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    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.

    Brian
     
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  19. RaySachs

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    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

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    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.
     
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