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Tuner for a 5 string

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jmceachern36, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. jmceachern36


    Nov 13, 2005
    Cambridge MA
    Not sure if this is the best place to post this but it's a good place to start. I've been using a Snark clip on tuner for years with much success but with my new 5 string it doesn't work as well. Anyone out there have a tuner that works well and quick with a 5? Clip on preferably. Rack mount is not an option. Thanks. If this should be posted elsewhere let me know.
  2. Eater_of_Birds

    Eater_of_Birds UK Extreme User

    May 4, 2010
    sure I recall Ron P (Bongripper, etc) mentioning the Sonic Research Turbo Tuner, so presumably it can handle well below B.
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    If you want a pedal tuner, the TC Polytuner is the best and fastest I have used.
  4. I think my Korg Pitchblack is more accurate than my TC Electronics Polytune "Mini", but the Mini is much faster, therefore I like it better for quick live tuning. The Turbo is probably the most accurate petal tuner, so its better for bass setups.

    OP: The Turbo, Pitchblack, and Polytune all easily tune low B.
  5. jmceachern36


    Nov 13, 2005
    Cambridge MA
    Thanks for all the info. Searching them now.
  6. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    My Peterson StroboClip is a clip-on tuner and handles the low B on my many instruments just find.
  7. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    One of the deals with clip-on's is that their position on the headstock can matter a lot. I really only have one place on mine where a clip-on can go, and in that position, B is right out and even E doesn't register well. The other 4 do, tho, so there are plenty of opportunities for cross-check after I get the top strings in tune. Works OK.

    I still rely on my pedal or rackmount Korg Pitchblacks which have no issues with the B, but they're not always convenient.

    If you mount one in one place and it doesn't light up like you need it to, try another place - if you have one...
  8. MCS4

    MCS4 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    The Turbotuner is great. I switched over after I had problems tracking a low notes with my Pitchblack. In my experience, Pitchblacks seem to have difficulty tracking strings at low tension (so it might not be an issue for a fiver with medium or higher string gauges).
  9. BFunk

    BFunk Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    +1 for the turbotuner. When on stage, and you want to tune fast between songs, the turbo tuner is it.