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In The Days Of Yore, Before Electronic Tuners...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by CCK1, May 1, 2021.

  1. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Friend of Leo's

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    Rhythm City!!!

    It probably cost TKK (that's $100 using their TUXEDOMARK secret code that everyone in Atlanta knew. George Luther was a hoot)
     
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  2. BuckSatan

    BuckSatan Tele-Meister

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    'The One I Love' by REM was my first tuner I think, followed by an actual Sabine tuner (microphone + 1/4" input, nice).
     
  3. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    My first real road band bought a used Conn Strobetuner.
    That thing was like solid Gold!
     
  4. DADGAD

    DADGAD Friend of Leo's

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    My earliest tuner was a tuning fork, in A. I would tap it and hold it near my neck pickup to hear through my amp.
     
  5. Stanford Guitar

    Stanford Guitar Tele-Afflicted

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    It's a bit more complicated than that.
     
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    Most of my bands had a keyboard player. The first one that didn't we had a harmonica player and we tuned to him.
     
  7. NoTeleBob

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    Yep, still have the little tuning fork. Still works and despite lots of changes in music, "A" hasn't changed that much over the decades.
     
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  8. Stanford Guitar

    Stanford Guitar Tele-Afflicted

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    But "A" has actually has changed quite a bit over the centuries. Read up on that.....
     
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  9. Engine Swap

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    Our highschool band director had one these. Before a big concert, each student would get their intonation checked with this thing. The strobes are super-cool! I looked into getting one of these, and they sell for $$$$
     
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    It’s an F. I remember from the Danny Gatton Tricks and Tips VHS.
     
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  11. jondanger

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    Here ya go:

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    3 minutes in:

     
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  12. BladeStratford

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    Hard to imagine what it must have sounded like during my teen years in bands without an actual tuner pedal but somehow we managed. Most of the time tuning to the keyboardist. "Close enough for Rock and Roll" and all that... Now I play at home and the first pedal on my board is a Polytune which I use constantly. I had a great ear "back in the day" for tuning but now the Polytune says otherwise! Free Boss Tuner app on my phone for acoustic guitar. Now anytime I see a thread about "Desert Island Pedals" I always wonder if a tuner pedal counts because I'd definitely want one on my island.
     
  13. viking

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    Cant recall seeing any of the Peterson early models ever around here....The first tuner I had was the Korg one mentioned by several people. What a game changer !
    Seems like before electric tuners for everyone , we were just wasting other peoples time , all the time !
     
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    The story is the bluegrass buys would tune to a Peterson strobe tuner before leaving to tour then tune by ear. By the time they came back the mandolin and banjo were in approximately Bb, B or even C. As was the rest of the band. Between a minor third and a fourth up.
     
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    I tune to the cosmic vibes of the universe.
     
  16. bebopbrain

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    Once I saw a band in Brooklyn: "It's great to be back, especially after the technical problems last time". They went on and on about this. Their tuner had been broken.
     
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    If I don't have a tuner or access to anything else, I usually have a harmonica in my guitar case I can tune with.
     
  18. Tonetele

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    Use of harmonics was most often employed.
     
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    Pitch fork, pitch pipes circular and Spanish), Stroboconn, harmonicas, tons of little plastic battery powered tuners, finally a TU-2 (until it died of beer overdose), another TU-2, Peterson Strobo Stomp, and finally a Stomp Classic. Toss in a few Snarks along the way (acoustic and initial restring ballpark) and you could say I’ve had a bunch of tuning devices.
     
  20. TG

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    In a pinch I find that I can remember Dazed and Confused and Whole Lotta Love accurately and get E very close.
    But I can only do it if it's quiet. In a pub with background music I can't do it.

    But if there's a data signal it's easy to pull something up on YouTube. The first chord of Take It Easy and there's a G.
     
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