Tuner for doing intonation

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by skiltrip, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. skiltrip


    Jun 12, 2008
    When I was younger, and I took my guitars to the shop to get setups and have intonation done, the shop always used a fancy super expensive strobe tuner. I was always under the impression that you couldn't do an accurate intonation job unless you used one of these strobe tuners.

    Last night I did my intonation with my Boss TU-2 pedal tuner,and I think I did a pretty good job (considering it was my first time trying it).

    Do you need a super duper strobe tuner to do an accurate intonation or will a good rack or pedal tuner (like the TU-2) do the trick?
  2. i always set my own intonation and i use a boss tu-15 it works great.
  3. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Peterson VS II. Accurate, works well, and has lots of neat knobs and buttons. I hear the StroboStomp is really nice and substantially cheaper.

  4. Duplo42


    Jan 23, 2007
    welllll, i do it by ear (in an quiet enough enviroment ofc), and im usually off by few cents in worst case (when testing afterwards with tuner) ;D does that qualify me as pedal tuner or strobe tuner? :ninja:
  5. watspan


    Nov 25, 2002
    madison, wi
    I recently bought a turbotuner and am very happy w/ it.
  6. I just use a Korg.
  7. flon_klar


    Feb 25, 2006
    Salt Lake City
    I use AP Tuner (software). Accurate to 1/10 of a cent (I think). Very easy to "see" your pitch changes.
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Any decent tuner works.
  9. 3506string


    Nov 18, 2004
    Lawton, OK
    +1 on the Audio Phonics Tuner freeware I always use it when setting intonation.
  10. sedan_dad


    Feb 5, 2006
    A "fancy Tuner " will allow you to be a bit more accruate but a cheapie will do.
  11. ()smoke()


    Feb 25, 2006
    i have to disagree with the idea that any decent tuner will do...

    i admit that i used to set my own intonation with a decent tuner, or even by ear, and of course, according to the equipment i used to intonate the instrument, it worked--but not according to a better piece of equipment, ie a better tuner:D

    certainly, one can set intonation with any tuner or by ear, no argument here--but for accuracy that i'd pay money for as part of a setup, a very good tuner is essential...a very good tuner doesn't have to be a strobe tuner, nor necessarily muy expensive, fwiw and imho
  12. BetterBottomEnd

    BetterBottomEnd <- Not me I just like looking at her

    Jan 9, 2007
    Cable Wi
    Drop some cash on a Strobostomp its well worth it. For live and setup use plus the DI on it isn't even too bad certainly good enough in a pinch. It's a great tool to have.
  13. It all depends on how accurately tuned you want to be. Strobe tuners are in general more accurate than the needle or LED type.

    Not only is there the actual inherent accuracy of the tuner itself, but also with a needle tuner, you have to deal with needle fluctuation and parallax (looking at the needle at an angle.)