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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ebick, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. ebick


    Sep 3, 2013
    I got three of-em....two SN1's and one SN-8.

    It picks up the A, D, and G fine, but it really seems to have trouble picking up the low E. It gets it on the 12th ok, but.....

    Anyone else have an issue with this?
  2. bjabass


    Jan 10, 2011
    Mountain South
    Yep....had that problem until it quit altogether.
  3. No , mine appears to be good.

    I just picked one up last week and clips on my headstock and I am actually liking it

    So easy to use. S2

  4. FunkyMcNasty


    Dec 4, 2010
    Yes. Try tuning with harmonics. It picks them up just fine.
  5. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    All my snarks hate low E's and keeping the bottom rubber pad of the clip glued on.
  6. bloobass


    Jul 10, 2012
    Louisville, KY
    I've found that you may be able to find a "sweet spot" on the headstock where it will pick up all the strings better. Except the Low B...I always have to use the harmonic for that.
  7. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Yeah, just switch it around on the headstock a few different places... and give it a second to "find" that low E.

    Snarks are GREAT! I started bringing one to an open mic night in town, and that little gadget would get passed around continuously. And then, usually get packed up still attached to the headstock of somebody ELSE'S guitar!

    Must have lost a half-dozen that way.
  8. Technotitclan

    Technotitclan Lurking TB from work

    Mar 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    I almost always tune to drop D so I always have an issue with the E string. I just use the 12th harmonic and I never have an issue.
  9. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    I wonder if leaving them on the headstock 24x7 weakens the spring and causes them to not pick up as well as brand-new.

    I started taking mine off when not in use.
  10. Mine did the same thing, no low E and if I wanted to go to drop D forget about it. I changed to the BOSS TU-2 and no more problems. Quick and easy in a show setting.
  11. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    I use the chromatic version and make sure the microphone in it is turned off. It picks up a low B just fine without using a harmonic. I clip it right on the end of the headstock, and pluck the string (while muting the others) close to the neck for maximum vibration. I'm not sure which model I have, but it's black and sorta rubbery feeling. It was $19.99 and changing the battery is easy! They carry them at my local grocery store!
  12. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Yeah, I was less than impressed with my Snark - I had one of the red ones, and ended up giving it away... I'll stick to pedals, racked tuners, or the Pitchjack...

    - georgestrings
  13. Got an SN-8 works great every gig
  14. tanktones

    tanktones Registered Musical Abuser

    I have had red (original w/ no model #) for several years now and it never misses a beat, so to speak.
    Low E (and everything else) pops every time and repeats thru adjustments. One of my most favorite impulse buys. Don't go out jammin' w/o it/
  15. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    I've got a red one, and a black one, (not sure of model #s), and they both work perfectly on most basses. I do have one instrument, (don't recall which, might be my short scale, or a guitar), where they will alternately display E, and some other note on the E string. I usually clip them next to the nut, not the extreme end of the head stock. I like the red one better. I think the black one is the tighter tuning model, with less display elements. My Am Dlx basses are very resonant, and the Snarks will read them just touching the bass in any way,without even being clipped on.
  16. inthebassclef

    inthebassclef Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2012
    I actually use it on my upright and have not had a problem at all and that's and octave lower
  17. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    I've got the red one. Works fine, a little slow to pick up the low B.
  18. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Just had to add that it is way faster than my Sabine rack tuner.
    The Sabine needs perfect string isolation to pick up a note.
  19. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
    The Snark I have works fine. But, when it has problems with the low E, I use harmonics and change the battery as soon as I can. It seems like the battery is the issue with the low E. Not a scientific statement at all, just what I noticed.
  20. Rune Bivrin

    Rune Bivrin Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Huddinge, Sweden
    Lower than what?

    It's no lower than a regular 4-string electric bass guitar.