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Best Clip On Tuner

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Glockburg, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. Glockburg


    Feb 7, 2014
    what's the best one for an acoustic/electric bass?
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  2. There is at least one thread about this out there. Do a search. Maybe on the DB side.

    That's said, I just got a Snark SN-8. Great tuner, and has flexible calibration and tap metronome.
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  3. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    They work great.
  4. CTC564

    CTC564 Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Toms River,NJ
    Snark...hands down
  5. But avoid Son of Snark.....yes that's what it's called and it sucks big time. You can't mount it on a Fender Bass so the the tuning letter is right side up!!
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  6. low_E


    Nov 17, 2013
    Vista, California
  7. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    I find Snarks work better on bass than other brands.
    I have a couple of tuners that are great for guitar, but useless for bass.

    My Snark is great on both.
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  8. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
  9. Dominic DeCosa

    Dominic DeCosa Habitual Line-Stepper Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 9, 2008
    Vero Beach, Florida
    DiCosimo Audio
    The current NS Micro Tuners are bad at picking up low B. The older NS Mini tuner was better. I don't like the regular Snark because they stick out too much and are a bit fragile, IME. My favorite right now is the Son of Snark. I've had no issues with it.
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  10. AlexBassMP


    Feb 5, 2014
    I don't know if I have to open a new thread with a poll, but I want to ask one thing:

    Which tuner do you like most : electronic, clip, pedal or rack?

    When I was a beginner I used to tune my guitar with a tuning fork (yep I still own it..and a mechanical metronome).. and the first time I used a electronic tuner my mind blew up.. Then I picked my first multfx pedalboard with on board tuner ..so tuning looking at a box in the floor became natural to me because I didn't knew another kind of tuners. I use a cheap Boss TU80 for tuning at home, but at rehearsals and gigs I use the onboard tuner of my Zoom MS60B or my Boss ME50B.

  11. fheliojr


    Feb 8, 2014
    are the snark ones good to tune the B string?
  12. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    The best I've used on bass is the Peterson StroboClip. The cheapest? No, but from all the ones I've used (Snatk, Planet Waves NS, etc..), it is the best and most accurate for a headstock tuner.
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  13. C130AVN

    C130AVN Stringed Tubist

    Apr 19, 2012
    Winnipeg, MB
  14. falconspatriots

    falconspatriots Oh Word

    May 3, 2011
    +2 on the Peterson
  15. Britbonic

    Britbonic Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    I have all 3 versions of the Planet Waves/D'Addarion NS tuners - Mini and now Micro and I've been very happy with them. I put them on all my basses and leave them on most the time. They are indiscreet, practically invisible and tune very quickly. And I've had no problems with the B string. I don't want something big hanging off my headstock while I'm playing. Have found the Snarks to be slow to tune.

    Having said that, there are 2 things to be aware of. Most clip on tuner tune by picking up string vibrations through the body of the guitar. There may some variation from one to the next but here's what I've found:

    1. Location matters - I've found that how well the tuner works varies greatly depending on location. You need to move it around to find the sweetspot.

    2. They don't work as well in loud environments - In a loud room/club/bar it can take much longer for the tuner to recognize the string and tune. If you onstage and standing next to the drummer (and he/she is playing) even worse.

    For the price, < $25 for twin pack on Amazon, these can't be beat. I leave them on my basses and for practicing at home, rehearsals and jams the are indispensable. For gigs I always have some type of pedal tuner, either dedicated or multieffect, that I use at beginning of night and between sets and then occasionally check with clip on thru the night
  16. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
  17. JimmyThunder

    JimmyThunder Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Love my snark. I even have a "nice" one for the livingroom and a broken/reglued one for the gig bag.
  18. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    The Planet Waves Mini works fine for me however, I have been using a Korg PitchJack. Yeah, I know, it's not a clip on.
  19. I like the Snark. Even the SN-1 works great, and they're down to around $7.00 at some outlets.

    Just tried one of my SN-1's with a low B (had never done that before). Responded well and seems to work great when compared to a plug-in Korg quartz tuner. Spot on.
  20. Unchain

    Unchain I've seen footage.

    Jun 20, 2005
    Tucson, AZ
    Starks are great and what I'd recommend for bass, but the NS-Micro is what I'm currently using as it is TINY and picks up my low E just fine. On my 5, it definitely has trouble tracking the B string, but I almost never use my 5 anyway.

    Really, I rarely use a clip on tuner with my electric basses, just on my acoustic bass guitar and my acoustic guitar.