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Finally, a clip on without coin batteries
on April 22, 2017
Until now, if you have a clip on tuner, you were stuck with those horrible coin batteries (would you believe more than 2 dozen in two years? Would you believe very short device lifespan?). The other alternative is AAA batteries in a non-clip on tuner, meaning you need either a clip on mic cord or a mic on the tuner, not convenient. Rechargeable USB battery technology is mature and works well, so finally we have it in a tuner!
The good: This works well with a ukulele, even with a lowered G string. Relative string tuning or individual string tuning both work on the 'uke. It works ok with the 5th & 6th strings on a classical guitar and seems accurate for those strings. Very simple and intuitive to use and read.
The ugly: Not so easy with the 1st-3rd guitar strings, however. If I use the tuner to tune the 6th string and proceed using relative tuning between the strings, that works with my mic tuner, but not with this one. For some reason it works slightly better in the chromatic mode than in the guitar mode--that doesn't make sense since I think the only difference is the display of the string number. This tuner says the 1st-3rd strings are too high when tuned from the 4th-6th strings. If I tune all of the strings with this tuner, the relative tuning is lost because the strings are not high enough. I can do it with my old mic tuner, though, so there is nothing wrong with the guitar.
Bottom line: fine for 'ukes; possibly ok with other instruments, but a real pain with a nylon stringed guitar. The price is so inexpensive, perhaps I'm asking too much. But I'd rather pay $10 more to get one easier to use on my guitar. So I'm using this only on the 'uke. Truth be told, though, most people will never hear the difference. But I sure can.