Clip on tuners that pick up low B string?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by mmlovesbeer, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. Can I hear some recommendations for a clip on tuner that can pick up the low B on a 5 string bass well? I tried the GoGo Tuners Caliber which couldn't pick it up consistently.
  2. Have you tried a snark? I use it on my 6 string and it picks up the low b without any issues.
  3. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    No. None of them are good. The best way to go is a small Korg out a side jack. Accurate. Inexpensive.
  4. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson!

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    Have to disagree. I have a Korg Pitchclip that works very well. I would never intonate a bass with it, but for simple tuning of open strings, including the B, it's good.
  5. Tomorrow


    Jun 7, 2013
    I use a Snark clip-on, it seems to work fine with my low B-string.
  6. themarshall


    Jun 26, 2008
    cochrane wi
    I would have said snark, but I've had several of them, and the my latest, snark "super tight", is iffy on B and sometimes E.
  7. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    I'll +1 this. My pitchclip picks up my low B no problem.

    Though I do use a Korg tuner that goes directly into my jack, as the headstock tuner gets iffy when there are too many vibrations on stage.
  8. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    Use the 12th fret harmonic and the clip on tuner will work fine.
  9. Federighi


    Jun 19, 2011
    Burlingame, CA
    +1 Ric5. My thoughts exactly.
  10. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Really. Don't fight the problem, solve it.
  11. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I use a Boss TU10, works nice enough on my basses.
  12. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005
    Yeah, that was the only way I could get a Snark to work reliably - especially with drop tunings... I ended up giving it away, and going back to using either a racked tuner, pedal type, or a Pitchjack... I won't be buying any more clip-on tuners, most likely...

    - georgestrings
  13. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    In my studio I use my Conn Strobotuner that I bought on eBay for twelve bucks (really!) but at gigs I use the clip on. It works fine, though I have to chime the octave for it to pick up the B string.
  14. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    No problems with my Snark or Planet Waves NS tuner, but it might depend on the bass. These pick up on vibrations, right?
  15. Texan

    Texan 667 Neighbor of the Beast. Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2004
    Houston, TX
    +1 for snark...
  16. JTE

    JTE Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    The octave harmonics 12th & 5th frets) are exact octaves of the open string. This has nothing to do with set-up, it's how the physics of a vibrating string works. If your tuner tells you accurately that the open string is in tune but the harmonic isn't, you have a bad string and it doesn't matter how you tune.

    Because tuners work by could to g vibrations over a time period, usi g a higher frequency, like the 5th fret harmonic, gives it a higher sampling rate, hence more accuracy. That's more important when dealing with very low frequencies on the order of 40 Hz. or less.

    The Snark works great on my Lakland Skyline 55-01.

  17. SR300DX


    Apr 28, 2013
    +2 for Snark
  18. BassDoc51


    Dec 20, 2011
    Fairborn, OH
    My Snark works just fine.