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Clip-on Headstock Tuners

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Brookdalebass, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. Brookdalebass


    Jan 15, 2009
    Northern CA
    So...I've noticed more and more bass players leaving these tuners on the headstock of their basses throughout their shows.

    Am I a Lone Ranger, or does this look completely dorky to anyone else?

    I have one, and it's super accurate and easy to use. But I tune my bass with it and take it off before I perform. My instruments rarely go so far out of pitch that I have to retune during a set.

    chachized, Ghastly, PillO and 6 others like this.
  2. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    I think it looks ridiculous.

    I tend to put them in the same category as the people who drive with their seat-belts dangling from the bottom of the car door.

    But that's just my 2 cents...
    chachized, PillO, tattooSAM and 6 others like this.
  3. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Springtown, Texas
    Dorky is a good way to describe it.
  4. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Who cares!
  5. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    You know you're supposed to attach them so they hang off the back of the headstock and nobody can see them but you, right?
    LowRenzo, Will_White, Grumry and 8 others like this.
  6. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Well, how about that!

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  7. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    I never knew it was dorky until I checked talkbass, but then again a lot of what I do is dorky according to my wife and kids. :)

    On the other hand, an almost 60 year old dad who plays bass, rides motorcycles and drives 2x the speed limit can't be too dorky I guess.
  8. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    What's the best clip on tuner for metal?
    Rocker949, PillO, LowRenzo and 5 others like this.
  9. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Dorky if you're a young guy.
    Don't care if you're old.
  10. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Springtown, Texas
    I'm old, I say dorky.
    Les Ismoor, PillO, ONYX and 4 others like this.
  11. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I have one on at every gig!
    INTP likes this.
  12. Aberdumbie


    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    We didn't have these gizmos back in my hard playing days. My gig these days is Sunday mornings at church. Our spend conscious staff turns off the A/C at night. So when I go in to rehearse early Sunday it may be close to 80. By the time we play the temps get closer to 70-72 and yes it plays havoc on my tuning. I am constantly tuning so I keep my gizmo on mine.
    Brookdalebass, osonu and Jhengsman like this.
  13. I have one for my acoustics. I rarely plug in. No real need for these on my guitars or basses since I have rack mount tuners or pedal tuners.
    walldaja likes this.
  14. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn Ahhh- The 70’s Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Nottingham, MD
    Here are 2 of ^^^^ my basses with this tuner... barely see it! :D
  15. I have a couple of that exact model which I have used for some time; they are pretty good and nicely hidden. That said, lately I have been using the TC Electronic clip-on version of their PolyTune tuner. It's so much better as a tuner that I don't even care that it doesn't hide as well (though behind the headstock it isn't overly visible) or that I have to flip it open. I have a number of gigs where I don't need to bring an amp or any outboard gear, so I just stick the tuner on my bass and head out... Convenient, accurate, and mostly unobtrusive.
    lowplaces, /\/\3phist0 and lz4005 like this.
  16. matthewbrown

    matthewbrown Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Harwich, MA, USA
    It's useful to clip lead sheets to the music stand, when not in use as a tuner.
    Brookdalebass likes this.
  17. Londo Molari

    Londo Molari

    Jan 1, 2014
    2 blocks east of Mars
    Decendant from the Clovis culture. "Emitting that wonderful bass effect since 1970".
    The tuner is for my convenience, I don't give a sh!T what anybody else thinks.
  18. I have to ask, do your basses go out of tune that much when you're playing?
    PillO, ONYX, JMacBass65 and 1 other person like this.
  19. Londo Molari

    Londo Molari

    Jan 1, 2014
    2 blocks east of Mars
    Decendant from the Clovis culture. "Emitting that wonderful bass effect since 1970".
    Some tunes require altered tunings.
  20. Ulf Buck

    Ulf Buck Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2015
    South Florida
    Looks lame. I bet you hanging tuner guys wear sandals and cargo shorts and are 40 pounds overweight. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
    Thummel, ONYX, Doner Designs and 3 others like this.
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