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Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by lenosgood, May 22, 2011.

  1. Pros and cons of inline vs. stick-on/clamp on tuners?
  2. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    I use the Boss TU-2 since it functions as a mute switch and since it's a buffered bypass it's perfect for placing at the front of your chain.
  3. minorthreat


    Feb 18, 2011
    I have a clamp on tuner (Kala branded; not sure who actually makes it) and it's next to worthless.

    My cheap/old Korg CA-30 sits at the end of my (albeit short) effects chain and works great.
  4. CyberSnyder

    CyberSnyder Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I Endorse Alien Audio Basses
    I have both and I only use the clamp on tuners when I can't have a pedal board. They work if you get the right one, but if the battery dies you're out of luck. The pedal based tuner is usually run on a power supply, it's reliable, more accurate and works as a mute switch. The pedal tuner is superior except for those times when you don't want or can't use pedals.
  5. Tridacnid


    Jun 6, 2010
    Whatever you do, make sure you don't cheap out. I used a cheap clip on for a couple months and it wasn't horrible. But one day, it just died. That was extremely annoying.
  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    the electric signal from a bass is so much stronger than its acoustic vibration that there's no point in fooling with a contact tuner.
  7. Thanks for the input...I've seen a few pedal tuners on CL for cheap and I think I'll go ahead and pick one up.
  8. xikbastard


    May 7, 2007
    get both and see which one u like.

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