Tuner for intonation

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  1. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Friend of Leo's

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    I use either a daddario clip on or my TC clip on tuner most of the time. Almost any name brand tuner will be more than accurate for intonation. My son got a fender brand tuner with his squire mini, and it isn’t worth beans. Won’t even register vibration most of the time. But, yeah: good tuners are more common than not now.
     
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    If I'm doing a set up I use my Boss TU 3. I have matched a Snark against it and it was really close. I could use it.
     
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    Playing in tune is for poseurs
     
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    I use this Korg TM-50. Highly accurate and affordable.
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    This is not an answer to the OP's question, which asked for the cheapest tuner that will do the job. But I really like the new Peterson Strobostomp HD for intonation. It's responsive without being twitchy, which means you can see clearly the whole trajectory of a note, from attack through decay. I'm tuning the attack, which some tuners just aren't fast enough to register, especially on low strings. A couple months ago I intonated my new bass with the Peterson, and it made the process more straightforward and less stressful because I didn't have to guess.
     
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    Cheapest...don't know. I use my TC Electronics tuner pedal for everything. Might as well get a device that is accurrate enough for intonation and keep the instrument in tune at a glance is my thinking.
     
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    I have a couple of Korg units. A GA Custom and a Sledgehammer clip on. Both have a moving strobe mode that is 0.1 cent accurate. About £25-30 here.

    Really good for focussing on tiny changes as well as on stage. So really great value for a task like intonation.

    If it is a three saddle bridge you might not benefit from the accuracy though.

    https://www.korg.com/us/products/tuners/ga_custom/
     
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    I used to use a tuning fork...A440.
     
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    If you're intonating your bridge. You should be using a tape measure.






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    I use the Peterson Strobe app for iPhone..works great. I get better results comparing open string and fretted strings (no harmonics); you have to factor in the added tension of fretting notes.
     
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    Thanks, That's what I need.
     
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    Thank you all for the suggestions. I have plenty to go on now.
     
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    I like free. Thanks:D
     
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    I use the TC Electronics Unitune Clip $30. It's the same tuner as the more expensive $50 Polytune clip but doesn't have the Poly (all strings at once) mode that I find so irritating on the Polytune.

    The strobe mode on the Unitune and Polytune clips is +/- 0.02 cents. It's quite a rugged tuner too with a tough steel clip with rubber pads for contacting with the headstock.
     
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    I use a Snark headstock tuner. After reading your post, I downloaded the free Boss TU-3/TU-3W app for my iPhone. Both come as one app and you can use the TU-3 or the TU-3W. It's easy to switch from one to the other.

    I compared the Snark to the Boss (app). I got the same readings with both. With the app, you can set the sensitivity. The price is right.
     
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    +1 My wife and I have a bunch of tuners between us, most already listed on this thread, but for intonation, the Korg CA-30 or equivalent is the only thing I've used for a good 15 years. Analog feedback gives the best results for intonation IMO and for the three barrel saddles, I can't imagine anything better.
     
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    I've had Peterson,Korg,ect….I now use a Snark and it works great.
     
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    If you already have a mobile, you should have a choice of apps. from free up.
     
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