best under 40 dollar tuner

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by DeepDeath, Dec 4, 2001.

  1. my last tuner got stolen good thing it was a cheap one i didn't get REAL mad about. but now i want a real good tuner and i have 40 bucks and this time im gonna guard it with my life. what is the most versitile accurate fast tuner i can get for under 40?
  2. Korg GA 20
  3. that's the same exact one I have!

    i second it. It is very don't know how many times i've dropped it on hard (and soft) surfaces and still found it to work just perfectly.

    it's not $40, it's more like $30 i think...which leaves you with $10, now you can buy some lunch!;)
  4. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Korg CA-20. I got it for less than $20 (, I love their international shipping costs! :)). It's fully chromatic, somethingthe GA-20 isn't.
  5. I second the Korg CA-20. Unlike the GA-20, the CA-20 doesn't tune to only specific strings and octaves. You can tune any string any note you want (as long as your bass doesn't break a string, of course ;) ) with this baby. You can get it for $20 at guitar center.

    Good luck :D
  6. My vote is for the Seiko ST-747, or any other Seiko. I have the ST-1200. It has reference pitches and all this other marginally useful crap that they use to justify its $180 price tag, but even the less expensive ones are quick, quick, quick!
  7. phil_chew


    Mar 22, 2000
    I'm sure you can get the Intellitouch Tuner for around $40 now.

    No wires needed. Just clip on the headstock. It senses the vibrations on your bass. You can tune up even when your guitarist or drummer is playing loud as it will not pick up their noise. Very useful when you are late for a gig.
  8. Yamaha YT-2200. Automatic, chromatic.
  9. If you play 4 string and dont do any odd tunings then any tuner will work but you will usually need something a little more advanced for notes lower then E... i love my Tu-2 but thats a little out of your price range me thinks.
  10. im buying a korg ca-20 like it or not.
  11. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    You'reNotGaryWeinrib: The CA-20 is spec'ed to go as low as 28 Hz, i.e. lower than a low B, almost to a low A, so it shouldn't be much of a problem either. Besides, you can't beat the value. :)

    Hope you'll like it, DeepDeath. I do. :)
  12. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    I recommend the Korg GT-3. its completely automatic, as in there isnt a single switch on it, besides the power switch. You plug it in and just tune, nothing to set or switch between. It can pick up a low B pretty fast too, I used it to tune a Stingray5 a few times. The only problem with it is sometimes the LED meter on it goes a little crazy, like it cant decide what note youre playing, but this is only when your string has already been ringing for about 8 seconds. Other than that problem, its a great tuner for $30.
  13. can someone tell and explain what can the CA-20 do that the GA-20 cant? and stuff?
  14. With the CA-20 you can use it for any note. Including sharps and down steps. The GA-20 is only set for the main notes of the guitar.
  15. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    What MrFortuneCookie said. the CA is a chromatic tuner, which means it can work on any note. The GA is a guitar tuner that only works on E A D G B E.

    If you use alternate tunings, you'll need the CA 20.
  16. Which is why i think that's it's worth spending the money, i think it's might be $5 more than the GA, for the CA.
  17. tornadobass

    tornadobass Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Iowa City, Iowa
    Yup, my CA-20 is the best of the less expensive tuners I've used. It's almost too small, though, so be sure to keep track of it ;) It's nice that it uses AAA batteries instead of a 9v, too.
  18. I got my GA-20 about a year and a half ago. It's had various substances spilled on it, used as a cat toy, and just abused in very irresponsible ways (not my fault!!). Works perfectly. The built in microphone works great for tuning acoustic instruments. Plus I've never had to change batteries in it. But I do wish I had got the CA-20. Chromatic's way better for all musical applications.
  19. White_Knight


    Mar 19, 2000
    Another vote for the Korg CA-20. I love it, it's accurate, and it's durable (dropped on hard floor several times with no damage whatsoever). I like having both a 1/4in. input as well as a microphone (which is disabled when the 1/4in. jack is in use).