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The best alternative to a tuner pedal .. ?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by el murdoque, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    The title says it. And I am a bit ashamed to ask it.
    My old 10 bucks clip-on that does not really track the low B on my bass is on the brink of falling apart and I can see a few gigs coming up where I will not need to bring a pedal board if it was not for my tuner pedal.
    What alternatives are there? 19" units are out of the question.
    Are there any hot looking tuners to set on top of your cab?
  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    How about just putting the tuner pedal on top of your amp with no pedal board?
    RickyT, mattbass6945, mcnach and 9 others like this.
  3. Dug2


    Sep 24, 2011
    my headstock tuner works great (i have 6str. basses)
  4. crguti


    Feb 14, 2011
    ... your ears.
    Mushroo, geof_, interp and 7 others like this.
  5. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    At the gig, I love the convenience of clip-on tuners. I've accumulated a collection and keep one in each of my bass cases (at least six of 'em, anyway), plus a few more at home. That said, not all clip-ons are created equal. I've had the best results with Korg clip-ons: Pitchhawk and Sledgehammer Pro. Santa recently brought me a tc Unitune Clip, and I'm impressed with that one as well.
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  6. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    Well, on stage I'd like to be able to tune muted.

    That leaves putting a tuner pedal on top of my amp or use a clip on.
    The Sledgehammer looks nice, but that thing is quite big.
    El-Bob, Spent and Fuzzbass like this.
  7. Jebberz

    Jebberz Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Quebec city
    bassclef04 and Bodeeni like this.
  8. Korg makes the pitchblack portable if you want something to sit on your amp with a mute that isn’t a pedal. Personally I use a shure glxd wireless system and it hasn’t angreat tuner in it so hits two birds with one stone
    Gasman likes this.
  9. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive Suspended Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    I use the D'Addario micro tuners. Work fine, almost invisible. I tune my low B at the 12th fret octave. Around $11.
    BAG, tfer and lz4005 like this.
  10. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    If you want a small hand held tuner on the cheap both Boss & Korg make affordable accurate tuners that can sit on top of your amp. I keep a hand held in my case as back up to my pedal tuner. Let your budget be your guide.
    petergales and JGbassman like this.
  11. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    I'm still trying to get my head around "hot looking" being a criteria for a tuner purchase.
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  13. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
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  14. Al Kraft

    Al Kraft Supporting Member

    May 2, 2016
    Northern Virginia
    Unless you're gifted with perfect pitch I think the Snark clip-on type work pretty well. I use a TU-12/12EX before starting the gig and at each break, but keep a clip-on handy if something sounds wrong during a set - mute at the head and clip on the tuner.
  15. ModuMan

    ModuMan How many is too many? Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Bristol, CT #19
    Darn right you want to tune muted.

    I'm a big fan of the TC Electronic PolyTune. I think it looks pretty nice too.

  16. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    I've done this many times. Works fine.
    noahw1 likes this.
  17. DavC


    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    maybe , ... a hooker with perfect pitch .. ?? ( always worked for me )
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  18. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    Another $10 tuner? Or stop being lazy and bring your pedalboard. Multiple tuners seems like a waste of money.
    Korladis likes this.
  19. JakobT


    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    The TC Electronic Polytune and Unitune clip-ons track accurately, are good-looking and rugged.
    Bassist30, TrevorOfDoom and Fuzzbass like this.
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