The Right Guitar Tuner For You?

Published on 27 Sep 2019

And lo, at noon of the fifth day, the world cryeth in (almost) unison: “Surely they cannot make a 57-minute video about guitar pedal tuners?! They’re all the same, aren’t they?!”
And Dan and Mick looked down upon the people and said, “For too long you have placed your trust in that box that never quite makes an open D and G sound right. Wise ye up to these teachings and see if thy blessed instrument may sing more harmoniously. It will verily take as long as it takes.”
Yep, annoyingly there is quite a lot to say about guitar tuners. From the obvious (it needs to fit wherever you’re going to put it) to the not so obvious (accuracy is at best a moving target), we talk about relative pitch, sweetened tuning, silent tuning, monitor modes, buffers and plenty more besides. Including 432Hz, should you be interested.
One thing for certain is that you ought never to look at your tuner in the same way again.

Enjoy the episode!

Pedals & stuff in this episode…

• Sonic Research Turbo Guitar Tuner ST-300

• D'Addario Pedal Tuner
UK & Europe:

• Boss TU-3s
UK & Europe:

• TC Electronic Polytune 3 Noir
UK & Europe:

• Peterson StroboStomp HD Tuner

• Dunlop EP103 Echoplex Delay Pedal
UK & Europe:

• TC Electronic Polytune Clip Tuner
UK & Europe:

• Keeley D&M Drive
UK & Europe:

• TheGigRig G2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 00:00
- What are we doing today? 2:25
- Let’s talk about strobes: 7:52
- Display types: 9:19
- Peterson Strobostomp and TU-3 comparison: 10:25
- Remembering the Arion Stage Tuner: 12:01
- Polyphonic tuning? 12:50
- Silent tuning? 15:46
- …and non-silent, monitor mode: 16:45
- Accuracy – the really thorny issue: 18:40
- How do you tune your guitar? 19:05
- Dan’s Biffy Clyro tuning tangent: 22:15
- How accurate is it? 23:00
- Intonation problems… and why everyone is different: 23:35
- Mick plays a G#: 25:40
- Modern standard concert pitch: 27:20
- 440Hz is a recent thing: 28:25
- The harmonic series: 31:05
- It’s all a compromise and it’s all out: 33:40
- A 432Hz: 34:10
- Changing to pitches outside of 440: 35:35
- Let’s compare 432 and 440: 36:50
- Sweetened tunings: 38:25
- Presets in the Strobostomp HD: 40:15
- James Taylor, capos and acoustic guitars: 40:55
- …and why that is relevant to your guitars: 48:40
- Let’s not really talk about buffers: 52:00
- The summing up: 53:20

Guitars in this episode:
• Fender Custom Shop 1963 Telecaster – Dan’s video at
• PRS S2 Singlecut Standard –
• Collings CJ35:

Amps in this episode
• Orange Tremlord 30 112 / Lavoce Speaker
• Matchless HC-30 with Hughes & Kettner Vintage 212 / Celestion G12M Greenback

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