D’Addario clip-on tuner clip issue

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  1. sean79

    sean79 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I’ve had a D’Addario headstock tuner for a while, and I’ve always liked it. It has a pretty low profile, and it normally lives on the headstock of an acoustic guitar. I took it off to tune a different guitar last week. When I tried to return it to the guitar it had been on previously, the little ratchet clip thing was slipping so much that it wouldn’t stay on. It’s all loosey goosey now. Has anyone had trouble like this before? Is it fixable? I don’t think it was very expensive, so I could just replace it, but the tuner still works (only the clip is bad).

    This is the ratchet clip thing.

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  2. lammie200

    lammie200 Friend of Leo's

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    If you replace it I recommend the Peterson clip on tuner. I have had a few including the TC clip on. The Peterson is the best of all of them. Pretty no nonsense and deadly accurate. Not cheap, but worth it IMHO.
     
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    sean79 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I’ve heard good things about those Petersons, but I really like the low profile and unobtrusiveness of the D’Addario (also now branded as Planet Waves). Since mine usually stays on the one guitar, I might just glue the ratchet clip in the one position I would need. I couldn’t move it to other guitars with thinner or thicker headstocks, but I suppose it would work.
     
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    Duct tape.

    Your welcome. :cool:
     
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    Yes. All of mine eventually did that. I stopped using them and switched to Snarks, which aren't low profile but otherwise work better for me.
     
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    I’ve started using the kind that screw on using a tuning machine screw hole.
     
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    stephent2 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I've got at least 10 of the D’Addario Planet Waves mini tuners and never had an issue, but that said, $11 replaces it.

    I've compared tuning to my Peterson Strobostomp, the Planet Waves mini is so close it's a non issue. I love the size, anything bigger looks like a pocket protector.
     
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    What if you solder/weld the tuner to the headstock?
    Hey, I’m just trying to help *runs off to hide behind the sofa*
     
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    I’m on my second Snark. The first one finally failed as the plastic on the clip broke. I guess after 4-5 years that’s not bad
    I only use it on my acoustic or when I’m restringing an electric. It’s too big of a PITA to break out the Peterson or a very old Boss TU2
     
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    Torren61 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    That's ridiculous. You can't solder/weld to wood. Geeez. I'd use a ten penny nail.
     
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    Double-sided tape... cut off the clip and stick it to the back of your headstock. Or buy another one.

    They aren't the best-made tuners, but they're the only ones I'll use, because they don't look like a tumor dangling from my headstock.
     
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    Save them. Send dardario customer service a message. There is a HIGH probability they will replace them.
     
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    I've got six of those, (always buy in a 2-pack) and I've never had a problem of any kind. I rarely move one from one guitar to another, although I have. For a low-profile, "hide behind headstock", fast and accurate tuner, it's the only one I will own. Go buy another 2-pack, but also let d'Addario know about it and I'll bet they will send you the ratchet part at no cost.
     
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    I don’t know what you’re talking about. When I hung out in a biker repair shop, as a kid, one of the indoctrination rituals was to go to the auto house and ask for a dozen wooden welding rods and 3 cans of compression.
    So, if you can’t find wooden welding rods then maybe a ten penny nail might work. Maybe gaff tape would use in a pinch
     
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    I had the same problem with mine once. Press the latch down in the middle to make sure its trunnions are fully seated.
     
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    Liver and trunnions... mmmm.
     
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    Heavy rubber band to put some tension on the clip an dit should be usable.
     
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    I've never owned a guitar tuner, but recently tried one for fun on my son's pedalboard. To my surprise, I've been tuning my guitar very, very slightly sharp all these years, apparently. However, to my ear I could tell no difference between 'in tune' and very, very slightly sharp!
     
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    I installed these little tuners on two Teles I've built. They work great.

    I cut the leg off the little backing plate, drilled and countersunk two holes, and screwed the plate to the back of the headstock. The tuner snaps into the plate and rotates (it has a dovetailed disk that fits the plate), and it's easy to remove to replace the battery. It's also easy to see, and it's invisible from the front.

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    Daddario now sells these ready to go with a single screw attachment ("clip free" type); they cost a bit more than the clip-on type.

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    The pictures of adding screws to these and permanently adding them to a guitar makes me shudder. Just don’t do that.
     
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