Tuner that works on low B string

Discussion in 'Accessories [BG]' started by Gary Neighbors, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. Gary Neighbors

    Gary Neighbors

    May 21, 2017
    Does anyone know of a tuner pedal that works ever time on the low bass string? I have tried Boss, Korg, Behringer, Fender, and various brand clip on's and nothing is consistent. A lot of times it does not register at all. I play with fresh round wounds at all times.
  2. ProfFrink


    Jan 16, 2015
    I regularly use the tuner on my Zoom B3n, a Turbo-Tuner ST-300 mini, and a Snark clip-on (forget the exact model) on a Sire 5-string and they all work fine.

    Some things to take into account:
    • Some basses are harder: Try different plucking strength, pickup selector position, not overdoing the pre-amp, etc.
    • Clip-on position matters.
    • With all tuning methods: Using the 12th-fret harmonic (octave harmonic) makes tuning easier, especially on the B-string. I almost always use the harmonic without even thinking about it.
  3. Gary Neighbors

    Gary Neighbors

    May 21, 2017
  4. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Inactive

    Nov 20, 2000
    Harrison Mills
    Every tuner from Sonic Research and TC Electronics. The TC clip-on works better than most pedals.
  5. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    TC electronics
    Kong pitch black
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  6. Geri O

    Geri O Endorsing Artist, Mike Lull Guitars and Basses Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    Turbo tuner, for sure.

    But B string performance depends on setting the witness points and being vigilant with insuring no twists are in the B string.

    Also, I noticed a long time ago that I get a more accurate and solid reading from the tuner when I pluck (or pick, as you were) the B string just over the neck pup, or closer to the heel of the neck as opposed to close to the bridge.
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  7. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I own two different model Korg chromatic tuners, both not recent models, and neither ever has any problem dealing with low B strings.
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  8. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    If tuners are giving you problems then just use the tuner on the G and then tune the other strings to that. Remember you're never always going to be perfectly in tune, so just use your ears to tune the rest. Remember too, this is art, not science.
  9. Master Chief

    Master Chief

    Jun 4, 2010
    Sonic Research, hands-down!
  10. Geri O

    Geri O Endorsing Artist, Mike Lull Guitars and Basses Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    Actually, one huge appeal of the Turbo Tuner is that I can tune my bass by ear and the Turbo Tuner can record and store that tuning. It looks a little complicated, which is why I haven’t sat down and tried it just yet. I plan to soon.
  11. Gary Neighbors

    Gary Neighbors

    May 21, 2017
    My Sweetwater rep says the TC Electronics Uni-Tune works great for his bass player so I put one on order. Thanks to everyone for the input!
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  12. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    I have found that clip on tuners work better when they are clipped on the bridge.
    There seems to be better vibration transfer.
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2019
  13. I have no issues with the red snark clip on tuner, or the amazon/MF/GCcheapie on my pedalboard. If you have trouble - reposition the tuner a bit on the headstock - resonance can make a difference at times.
  14. Garret Graves

    Garret Graves Gold Supporting Member

    May 20, 2010
    Rosemead, Ca
    I have had several pedal tuners, and they all catch the B, but I never tune with open B- always the 12th fret harmonic. Korg Pitchblack, Planet Waves, Peterson Strobostomp all good.
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  15. Just hit the harmonic at the 12th fret. Works well with just about any tuner.
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  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I have one, it does, it's cheap, and you'll love it.
  17. Gary Neighbors

    Gary Neighbors

    May 21, 2017
    I will try that!
  18. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I use a Korg PitchJack plug in tuner that works best. My Zoom B2 works great as well. The Snark and Planet Waves clip-on tuners I have stutter on the B string.
    Pitchjack - PLUG-IN TUNER | KORG (USA)