Tuning Guitars

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  1. S. Rock

    S. Rock Senior Member

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    the Korg Pitchblack is very bright and visible.
     
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  2. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    Funny -- I don't tune in that order, but when I do a removal restring (about once a year per guitar) that's how I do it. "Paranoia creeps in..."
     
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  3. Howard2k

    Howard2k Premium Member

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    iPad GarageBand or Boss TU-2. I tune every time I pick up.
     
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    parts Senior Member

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    I tune low to high by ear,,then use my pod or musedo tuner/metronome.. After all these years usually pretty close by ear. We used to tune to piano or organ in bands way back then.. So long as we were all relative,,
    fine..
    No so for studio though
     
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    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    Well, they can tune the piano. I've got better things to do with five months!
     
  7. meatball

    meatball Senior Member

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    Steve ,, I have the same Wireless that you have, awesome tuner on it ,isn’t it ? In fact , I have my other tuner sitting on my desk at home ,waiting to be sold .
     
  8. E1WOOD5150

    E1WOOD5150 Purveyor of Joke Grenades

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    I bought a Boss TU-12 back in the mid-90's, and it served me quite well as my every day tuner up until last year. It was just too awkward on my pedalboard, and if you wanted silent tuning, you needed to add an A/B box to the board. I still have it, and keep in in the den with a clip on attachment for use with whatever guitar is doing couch duty at the time.

    I have a couple cheap clip on tuners that I'll toss in a case if I'm going to jam with someone on acoustic.

    I bought a Peterson Strobo-Stomp from frankv a couple years ago that I keep on the desk where I do guitar maintenance, for use when setting the intonation. Its a dynamite tuner, in every way.

    I got a TC Polytune for my pedalboard, and I really like it. It is accurate, fast and I like the muted tuning a lot.

    I would usually tune from high E to low E, but after reading about the different methods y'all use, I'm going to try a few different methods and see what works best for my guitars.

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    This was the first tuner I ever had. Anyone else have one?
     
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    Mockbel Senior Member

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    Small cheap clip tuner here.. it is chromatic so i can use it for any tuning.. all my guitars are eaither in standard or half step down.. nothing fancy here
     
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  10. mandobandit

    mandobandit Senior Member

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    I use the Poly Tune clip on in needle mode for playing works well best of all the clip on tuners I've had over the years.
    I use it in strobe for setting bridge fairly accurate for that.
    I had a Peterson Stroboclip, too fussy.
     
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  11. jc2000

    jc2000 Senior Member

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    head stock tuners. If would have known about them 40 years ago I would be a much better guitar player today.
     
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    Tanner Senior Member

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    I use a Boss TU-3 and always tune going from e-E-B-A-G-D
     
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    GitFiddle Senior Member

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    When I started playing guitar back in the late 60s, all I had was an A440 tuning fork. Sometimes I would use my Mother's piano. The only tuners around in those days were the big Conn strobe tuners. Only cool bands had those.
     
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    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    Also ... if you ever find yourself outdoors, the Polytune display is plenty bright and easy to read. Prior to the Polytune I was considering a Peterson clip on and read several descriptions of it being too fussy and hard to read.
     
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    I use either a tuning fork or piano for my A-string and then tune the others to that.
    Generally use the 5th and 4th frets and check 'em against 5th & 7th and then 12th fret harmonics.
    Oh and of course there's always...,

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    Way way back in the day . . . . around '79 I guess

    I first started to (want) play the guitar when I heard RUSH 2112.

    Sure wish I had a tuner back then. Or at least someone.

    I would tune the low E and A strings to the first two notes of 2112 and then finish by ear.
    I was using one of the old mono cassette players with batteries.
    As the batteries died, the music slowed (in pitch as well) just a smidge. I didn't realize this back then. It just confused the fuck out of me.

    When playing with others I would always have to re-tune.
    In-tune was just relative to where or who I was playing with.
     
  17. NorlinBlackBeauty

    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    Finding a reliable accurate reference tone was the hardest thing back then. Want to learn a song? You'd have to tune to the vinyl or cassette.

    Had a crappy gadget that looked like a small transistor radio that produced E A D G B E using a knob. That was my reference - pretty sure I remember just using the E or A and harmonic tuned from there.

    I finally have my LP back from the shop and now with amplification I can harmonic tune once again. The intonation is spot on, for the first time - ever probably.
     
  18. Frogfur

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    From being in a harp based blues band, you use an A harmonica to tune guitars to standard pitch. So, if you're playing in the key of say..G, you'd be using a C harmonica.

    But for tuning purposes, if you have a harp in the band, you'll tune your E string to the low E note on the A harmonica. If ya don't well..
    Ya don't.
     
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    I started out using a pitch pipe....then a piano for a reference tone, now since the band will never shut the hell up, I just use a clip on tuner...I had a rack tuner years ago, never used a stomp box tuner...

    But I found an antique strobe tuner....jimmy page used one from the same manufacturer .....maybe its his?

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    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    Nice old bit of hardware there ...
     
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