The Greatest Guitar Accessory Of The Past 30 Years

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  1. Treehouse

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    I think the point was those bands were perpetually out of tune hence giving some sort of overall "sound" ....The tuners solved that and the SF sound was lost... thankfully! :D

    There's something about that early SF sound that I really dislike and chalked it up to tuning issues.

    It's hard to get a couple acoustics in tune at a jam stone cold sober much less an electric combo with a Farfisa organ while tripping!

    I still get amazed at players who can retune mid tune to another instrument. There a Ry Cooder video where in the middle of the song he's tuning to Flaco's accordion which is hitting a sour note.


    While clip on tuners are cool for the most part they may be the WORST as well as many of us, myself included, fail develop an accurate ear for notes by daily tuning practice.......I go through phases when I put the electronic tuner down but eventually slip back in and it seems "perfect pitch", or my cheap facsimile of such, is a diminishing skill....
     
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    That's a miraculous achievement, which puts the technology of the elite rock stars of the 1960s and '70s in the hands of everyone, but that's not really a guitar accessory per se, is it? If we're strictly discussing guitars, I'd have to go with the Peterson Virtual Strobe Tuner, and/or perhaps a tabletop practice/recording setup such as the Strymon Iridium or a VST guitar modeling rig such as Overloud's TH-U.
     
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    Probably just a plug in tuner is the greatest invention. Long before clip on's. I remember trying to get the whole band in tune in the 60's! UGH!
     
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    Hate to say it but modeling amps and DAW have really been the game changer.
    We had clip on tuners ages ago. They weren’t very good but they existed.
     
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    This was introduced just outside the 30-year limit, but they were still in production 30 years ago:

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    Still one of my favorite tuners, second only to the Peterson Strobo-Clip HD.
     
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    Hopefully people are using them primarily as on stage tuning reference devices, rather than a substitute for developing a sense of relative pitch. On stage, there can too many non-musical distractions to trust your ear (or you have to tune silently and your ear is out of the equation).
     
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    The Snark was the first thing I thought of before clicking on the thread.

    They don't last as long as they should, I agree. The OP might have been using the word "Snark" the way people use the word
    "Kleenex" or "Xerox." Or any other proper name that became a common noun. Such as "Aspirin."

    You could not fit a StoboConn on your headstock.
    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=274338731016
     
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    I had my first electronic tuner in the 70's. I agree with the Snark tuner being a game changer but I think they lost the market because the quality didn't improve and the price went way up. I'll never buy one again. They should be 10 bucks tops.

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    I don't know about clip-ons, but I have a Snark stompbox tuner that's pretty solid
     
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    I have to go with the Groupie.
    Sorry, no pics.
     
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    Strings are right up there as well.
    I thought my Guitar sounded pretty good.
    Then, I put strings on it. Wow!
     
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    I don't use them myself but when were StrapLocks invented?

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    Got my first tuning fork at age 13. My sense of pitch was so bad that I never could reliably tune a guitar. It was one the the reasons I would abandon playing for long stretches.

    Once I got my first electronic tuner and then a clip-on turner, my enjoyment of guitar skyrocketed. Not only that, my sense of pitch has improved, which comes in handy with bends.

    I currently use a rechargeable clip-on because the battery powered ones would die even if they weren’t being used.
     
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    Don’t like clip on tuners, I plug into a korg chromatic tuner

    Done it this way for 18 years
     
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    You guys don't leave clip on tuners on your headstock while performing, do you? You might as well be wearing a fanny pack.
     
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    Thank you for the trip down memory lane. That was the tuner I used throughout my touring years. Been trying to find a photo online for awhile!
     
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    "In 1981, Schaller developed and got the patent for a totally new category of product, which revolutionized the connection between guitar and strap. With its unique design and functionality, Schaller has been setting the standard in strap locks for decades."

    Having come close to dropping my boat anchor '83 Les Paul Custom a few times in the '80s, they were a welcome invention.
     
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    I actually perform with a tuner clipped onto my fanny pack.
     
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