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Clip-On Tuners --- best and cheapest

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by JimmyM, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Don't usually need a clip-on tuner but I'm realizing the benefits of one on gigs where I only bring one bass such as my fly gigs and don't want to use a pedal or unplug during a show anymore. OK, here's what I need out of a clip-on tuner:

    1. Fairly quick tracking

    2. Ability to work while someone is talking between songs without getting messed with...doesn't need to work while the drummer is soundchecking the bass drum in his monitor, but needs to work while Bowzer is yelling at the crowd

    3. Standard 4 and 5 string bass tuning...chromatic would be nice, but I'm willing to trade price for functionality

    4. Doesn't need to be the most rugged tuner ever but should be able to hold up to moderate roadwork

    5. As low a price as possible...talking the sub-$20 range

    Here's my thing about tuners...it does not make me feel good to have the most awesome tuner in the world if it costs me more money. If a tuner costs $5 and does what I need, I'm there. I just got a Korg Pitchjack for $10 total that does what I need and works great. Only problem with it is the unplugging.

    And anyone who says "do a search" will be subject to intense ridicule.
  2. XXL

    XXL Supporting Member

    Jun 14, 2007
    I got a Snark for 20 bucks. Tracks well on a 4 string, don't know about a 5 string though, doesn't seem to be bothered by any another instrument, voice or drums while tuning.
  3. kreider204


    Nov 29, 2008
    WI, USA
    Snark SN-8. Works well on electric and upright. Put a small piece of electrical tape over the tiny mic on its face to keep extraneous noise out. Buy it from Amazon for $12.

    'Nuff said.
  4. Snark
    Und dat is all you need to know!
  5. brumshine


    Apr 27, 2012
    My snark works great on my 5'er, I do have to tune using harmonics tho. If you do that the 12 dollar one will work great. I ordered 2 off amazon because you never know when it is going to run outta batteries or get snapped.

  6. rhino333

    rhino333 Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2005
    Western NY State
    I've used Snarks, Intellitouch, Fishman and Planet Waves clip on tuners. The Snark tracks the best, but I found it fragile. I'm using Planet Waves NS Mini on all my instruments now. It is a little dicey getting the low B (I use a harmonic), but it's sturdy.
  7. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    I agree with Baron von Raschke..
  8. Peepaleep

    Peepaleep Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2010
    Las Cruces, NM
  9. Tele295


    Jan 8, 2002
    Ventura, CA
  10. funkybass


    Oct 19, 2006
    Snark. And buy it on amazon, They are much cheaper.
  11. HereIGoAgain


    Oct 16, 2011
    I have a snark, but it does have its limits. It's accurate enough to "get you in the ballpark," but I wouldn't expect to tune up with it and then lay down tracks.

    From what I've read, the Gogo tuner is much more accurate. However, I have read about reliability issues with them.
  12. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Ya, Baron Von Raschke's famous finishing submission hold The Claw carries a lot of weight with me.

    Thank you all for your suggestions...I looked at all of them plus a few more. I think I'll go with the Snark SN-8. I can get it in black, I can get it pretty cheap, and while the Planet Waves tuner looked very cool, it looks like more trouble to mess with during a gig than I'd like to deal with, and I don't like the look of clamped on tuners mounted the whole gig.
  13. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

  14. falconspatriots

    falconspatriots Oh Word

    May 3, 2011
    I actually like the Delta labs tuner. The Snark is awesome but somewhat fragile. The Delta is a rock!!!
  15. Most accurate on the market hands down,
    Peterson strobe clip on. I've played bluegrass
    Acoustic for years and have tried them all.
  16. fdorn

    fdorn Over the hill bassist

    Jan 12, 2011
    Green Bay, WI
  17. Same for me.
    Works great in noise, tracks very well, fast, accurate, low B "ok" I use the octave & that's as fast as the rest.
    Chromatic too :confused: ain't it?? Haven't tried actually:D
  18. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Intergalactic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon sofware
    Be careful with the aluminum neck.

    It can be mounted with the tuner screen is displayed from in back of the headstock so it won't really be seen FOH.