Bought a pair of Snarks..

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  1. Mojohand40

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    Okay, they aren't pedals, but wasn't sure where to post about these.
    These are the best guitar gadgets I found in awhile so I thought I'd give a quick heads up. (And I am not affiliated with Snark or Danelectro in anyway)

    Anyway, these cool little clip on tuners look like this:
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    And you can get 'em at Amazon for about 10 bucks. Cheap!

    Be aware, there are two models (I liked the first one so much, I bought both!).
    One is Blue and is sold "For Guitars", the other is Red and is for "All Instruments". Fact is they are BOTH chromatic tuners that will work with about any stringed instrument.
    The difference: The Red "Any instrument" one has a switch that turns on an internal microphone if you don't want to use the Piezo or Vibration through your head stock to tune (or you want to calibrate it against a noise source).
    The Blue is Vibration only.
    The Blue also has a unique feature: If you use a Capo, you tap a button on the back for the fret number of your capo placement and it transposes the tuner readout..i.e..you capo at the third fret, hit open top string; tuner reads 'E', instead of actual "G"...not a big deal, but kinda' neat.

    They both also feature Tap timed Visual Metronomes. Just hit the metronome button, tap along and it gives you the BPM and a little heart flashes to the beat. Kind of interesting.

    I like these tuners because they are accurate, small, cheap, the displays are BRIGHT and easy to see and they just flat out work.

    I've used 'em on my Tele's my Acoustic and my mandolin, They worked great.

    Anyway, if you are looking for a clip on tuner (Which if you do acoustic with other folks, is a necessity..I HATE trying to tune to a microphone type tuner input while everyone in the room is plinking away trying to tune also. It's impossible! Using a vibration reading clip-on avoids these issues completely as you can tune in the noisiest room.)
     
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    Nice review. I used it at the jam last night and it was perfecto.

    I got the one in black just cause I find the red and blue too gaudy for my tastes, but that's just an artistic choice. But I was able to clip it so that only the clip is visible from the front.

    Great little product!
     
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    Do these things track pitch quickly? I have never bought a headstock tuner, but everytime I have ever borrowed one at a jam, they seem to take forever, or the tracking just disappears...
     
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    Compared to my TU-2, it's lightning fast. Seriously.
     
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    Looks like I've found a stocking stuffer for myself and my brother!
     
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    Trying one out myself, nice little tuner and very fast. I'll try it out at stage volumes tomorrow night - have you guys noticed any problems with noise on stage interfering with the tuner?
     
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    I have a Korg AW-2G clip on and a Korg Pitchblack tuner pedal. They react and tune the same. I tried snapping on the AW-2G while tuning with the Pitcblack and they appear to yield nearly identical results on the diplays.

    In other words...I like the clip ons...this seems like a great deal!
     
  8. Mojohand40

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    The one I had before the Snark was the Intellitouch. (Forgot which model) Never really liked it. Eventually it just stopped working. Seemed too delicate to me.
    Anyway, The Snark seems faster and better and more accurate then what I remember the Intellitouch being.
     
  9. Chiogtr4x

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    Good to know, I'm happy with my Boss tuner (as it supplies power to the rest of my pedals...) but for acoustic jams or at home, sounds like a good idea.
     
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    I will definitely be ordering one of these!

    Thanks!
     
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    Blue Snark is way more accurate and responsive than the Intellitouch I've been using. Wish it came in stealth-black, though
     
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    I've got a black one. It tunes just as well as the blue one.
     
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    Only the red one has mojo though.
     
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    I hate the idea (and look) of anything on my headstock.

    But I wonder if they are accurate enough to intonate with.
     
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    I AB'ed it with my Pitchblack Korg and it was identical, fwiw.
     
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    I bought one the day they got to my local music store (6 months ago??)

    Great tuner but a few issues:

    The black rubber piece on the claw foot came off at one point and I didn't notice. No idea where it went, but the tuner still works.

    The battery lasts no where near as long as a similar battery in my old intellitouch.

    YMMV
     
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    How long does the battery last? And dont they turn off in 10 minutes automatically?
     
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    I use it only 3 or 4 times a week and it lasted 5 months (not expensive, so not a big deal).

    It does cut of if you don't have it on your headstock...

    Both mentioned issues are minor really...
     
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    Thanks for answering my question! I want it to stay on during a gig,and turn off in the case! Sounds like they thought of that too. :cool:
     
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    good thing you bought two because if you lose one you wouldn't have to go on a Snark hunt!
     
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