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What is the most discrete clip-on tuner for use with a Tele?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by E5RSY, Jul 30, 2018.

  1. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    That's what I use - on Fenders, clipped UNDER the treble side ( so I'm looking under the headstock
    On DANO and Martin- the same under bass side... 20180729_153306.jpg
     
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  2. getbent

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    whenever the guys would stop to tune, someone in the band would inform the crowd 'we tune because we care'
     
  3. SPUDCASTER

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    Never had an issue with eating batteries. Just lucky I guess.

    I do view changing batteries cheaper than snapping off Snarks like my bass player. He's on his third or fourth one.
     
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  4. Texicaster

    Texicaster Friend of Leo's

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    I really like the Peterson Stroboclip HD tuners.

    Outstanding customer service too! I contacted them about mine draining batteries quickly and they sent me a new one for free! Keep the old one as a back up!

    Cheers!

    Texicaster!
     
  5. strat a various

    strat a various Friend of Leo's

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    Is your concern that the tuner obscures the aesthetics of your headstock, or that the audience will find out you need to use a tuner?
     
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    igor5 Tele-Meister

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    Vote for TC Electronic Polytene.
     
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    brbadg Tele-Afflicted

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    I've not been able to get these to work for me.I bought 2 of them.The first didnt work at all,and the second one,well I just gave up.I couldn't read the damn thing.
     
  8. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    Purely aesthetics, in my case.
     
  9. strat a various

    strat a various Friend of Leo's

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    Makes sense. You could try what I do ... after tuning with the clip on tuner, take it off, clip it to your strap, and leave it there until you go out of tune again.
     
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  10. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    I do that with every other guitar, but with a Telecaster the headstock being so small, I am constantly accidentally clamping down on the strings with the Intellitouch I have. That's why I was looking from something I could leave on that wasn't too obvious.
     
  11. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    I, too, am a fanatic about being in tune....back before tuners, I drove my bandmates (and myself) nuts trying to tune by ear in a noisy environment. When I got my first pedal tuner, it was like I died and went to Heaven. Now I use the little D'Addario mini, and eliminates a pedal on my board, plus I can tune ANYWHERE on stage, even before GOING onstage.
     
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    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    As I've mentioned before, I put a tiny screw through the D'Addario's clip, into the headstock. Keeps it from shaking off mid-set.
     
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    Line 6 Helix. Even mutes when you tune. Very inconspicuous.
     
  14. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Agree. I coughed up the extra doolies for this and glad I did. It stays on and does a top class job.

    I sold my tuner pedal. No use for it anymore.
     
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    I find em used for like 40 bucks
     
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    I've got a polytune, nice indeed but discrete is not how I would describe it when clamped on my Tele headstock.
     
  18. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    I gotta ask...what's the deal with the different saddle for the bottom E string?
     
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    I only use the D'Addario/Planet Waves tuners, because they're the only ones small and discreet enough for me. I truly hate those ugly things dangling off the top of guitars. I do wish PW would make the clips clear plastic, though.

    I still prefer a pedal tuner on a noisy stage though. There are mini-sized ones...
     
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  20. ricardo1912

    ricardo1912 Friend of Leo's

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    I'm pretty rubbish at tuning by ear when there's noise around such as at a venue. Not really a fan of headstock tuners though so I use either a Joyo tuner pedal, which is bypass and mutes the signal, or the one built into my Mustang amp.
     
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