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What is the best clip-on tuner for tracking a low B?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by lomo, Nov 23, 2017.

  1. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Not sure where this thread should go so mods feel free to move as necessary. I have clip-ons that work....IME Snarks work best with the B but are fragile and break. My TC is a more durable mechanical design but tracks less reliably....what's your favorite, specifically with respect to the B string accuracy?
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  2. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    I really like the Snark, but don't understand why people complain that they break - it's never happened to me. Just keep it in your case, and don't drop it.
  3. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I have a TC Polyclip. No issues at all.
  4. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Weird-I have a TC Polytune Clip as well but it's frequently slow/erratic with the B.
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  5. mmon77

    mmon77 Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2008
    Southern MN
    I think it also has to do with the bass itself, as strange as that may sound.

    I have one of these: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01J38RW9Q/. It works great with one of my 5 string basses, but not nearly as well with the other. It also doesn't work very well with my cheapy acoustic 4 string bass, which is made out of questionable wood.

    My theory is that it depends on how well the particular instrument transfers the vibration of the strings to the tuner. I could be completely wrong though, but that's been my experience.
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  6. hbabels

    hbabels Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    The TC poly clip works best for clip on tuners that I've tried for tracking low notes
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  7. xk49w


    Apr 13, 2008
    Is it inaccurate if I tune the B string by exciting the 2nd harmonic?
  8. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Snark has worked good for me. The NS Micro works but not as good as the snark. I have a Korg Pitchjack I prefer to use with my 5 string. All the clip ons work well with my 4 strings. I have a Fishman that works ok too.
  9. duff beer

    duff beer

    Dec 2, 2007
    My Snark doesn't pick up the open B string, so I tune it with the 12th fret harmonic.
  10. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    My 8 y.o. Snark works very well on my MIM 5, Musician 4 and acoustic 6. Batteries last a long time.

    Snark has a few new products you may want to check out:

  11. Spent


    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Kliq Ubertuner, hands down. I have all of the tuners mentioned and none come close to the Kliq. All of them had difficulty with my Carvin LB76 except the Kliq. None of them worked on my Schecter Hellraiser Baritone Guitar...except the Kliq. I recently lost it and promptly bought another. Fastest, most accurate tuner I’ve used.
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  12. mgbass


    Mar 31, 2004
    Northern KY
    The only one that has worked on a B string from is the Peterson clip on.
  13. Lowendtech

    Lowendtech Happily trending in my own peculiar direction. Supporting Member

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  14. i play/teach for a living. all the snarks that i've had did inevitably break. yes, if your able to be super careful with them they'll last long, but from my experience taking the same instrument in/out of a case 10+ times a day, they tend to not last forever. years, though.

    in any case, i use the d'addario clip ons now. play the 12th fret harmonic and any clip on will track it :bassist:
  15. I have a TC polyclip that works just fine with my low B. Sometimes it registers the lower strings (B and E) as the relative fifth, but it tracks the fifth quickly and accurately, so it works fine for tuning.
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  16. Andyman001

    Andyman001 moderation must be taken with a grain of salt

    Feb 11, 2010
    S/E Idaho
  17. I’m finding that the headstock shape and size makes a big difference.

    TC Polyclip works great on my zon sonus 5 and my bongo 5’s with large headstocks.

    EBMM Sterling the B barely tracks (unless u use the octave) and the E doesn’t do very well either.

    Also have a SBMM sb15 that has the same shape headstock but is a little wider and it tracks noticeably better than the EBMM
  18. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I've had the best tracking of the low B with the Peterson StroboClip. That's the tuner I keep in my kit at all times.

    I've also had decent luck with the little Planet Waves clips but they don't track as well as the Peterson.

    I used a Sabine clip-on for a number of years that was pretty durable but it's B string tracking was quite poor.
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  19. jmlee

    jmlee Catgut? Not funny. Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    One of those failed on me and the present one has developed some permanent black blobs on-screen. (And I’m gentle as a lamb with these things.)
  20. Lowendtech

    Lowendtech Happily trending in my own peculiar direction. Supporting Member

    Oh oh. Second thoughts abound.
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