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Old February 24th, 2013, 06:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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tuning software for Win 7

does anyone have a recommendation for a tuning application for my laptop w/ Windows 7?

I am looking for something free, if possible, or pretty cheap (because I am totally broke!), and something that is accurate enough to use for setting the intonation on my bridge saddles.

Petersen has a nice app for the iPhone, unfortunately I don't have one of those devices yet.

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thanks, but I'm looking for something that will display the pitch of the note that I am playing, so I can adjust my bridges.
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Doesn't look anything like a Peterson strobe but....its free. PitchPerfect

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What about a clip on tuner, those can be had for less than $15

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Old February 25th, 2013, 03:58 AM   #7 (permalink)
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thanks for the suggestions, I will check them out.

@Boubou - you're right - I do have a clip-on tuner, and a few other small instrument tuners; they have always worked adequately for most of my set-up needs. They are quite acceptable for showing when the string is in tune, but a little bit difficult to read the extent to which a string is out-of-tune. Partly it is just the small size of the scale.

I am about to install a compensated nut on a Telecaster copy. The guitar in question has some pretty noticeable tuning discrepancies in the lower frets, which makes it difficult to achieve acceptable tuning on both fretted and open strings. So the open 'cowboy' chords are frequently off-pitch. My old '68 Tele really suffers from this, and it is especially noticeable because of the way I play.

This is my first experience with a compensated nut, and I wanted to document the pitch along the fretboard before and after the installation, just for my own curiosity. That's why I'm looking for a tuner package with a more legible user-interface.
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I tried both of your suggestions, and they both seem like useful products. The AP tuner is better suited for my purposes this time, because it displays the note being played and clearly shows a numeric value for tuning error (for example "+4 cents").

I can play each string up the fretboard and record the values for each fret, then compare the results after I have installed the compensated nut. It is quite surprising how far 'off' many of the lower frets really are, and I am curious how much improvement I can really get with a compensated nut.

Of course, the real proof will be how it sounds, not the numbers. But I like messing around with stuff like this.

thanks again for you suggestions.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 07:54 AM   #10 (permalink)
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@Boubou - I should have explained it better in my first post, but thanks for your replies just the same.
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