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I would have given this 4 stars if it hadn't been for the instructions - I am using it on acoustic guitars, bouzouki and mandolin and it seems pretty accurate and picks up the resonance more reliably from the headstock than my previous clip-on tuner. However, when I read the instructions, it says 'Do not use on any Gibson guitar or guitar with nitrocellulose finish'. It also advises against using it on instruments having polyurethane, French polish or oil finishes. As far as I am aware, all my guitars, and most high end guitars, have nitrocellulose finish, some cheaper guitars have polyurethane and some expensive guitars have French polish or oiled finish. I am at a bit of a loss as to what acoustic guitar you could use this on, according to the instructions. I can only guess that the manufacturers are paranoid about a slight risk of damage to finish so put this in as a kind of disclaimer, but a clip on guitar tuner that advises you not to use it on pretty much any acoustic guitar seems a bit useless to me. I use it, but don't leave it on when I don't need it. Perhaps the manufacturer would be happy with it on some electric guitars, depending on finish, or perhaps a plastic ukulele!
Such a huge improvement on using the old “pitch pipes” method of tuning my guitar! I could never get the hang of that and always needed a friend to tune for me, as I don’t have the ear to do it. This Snark digital tuner is fantastic though. Simply clip the small, light weight gadget on top end of guitar and twizzle it round (ball joint) to view the readout. It took me a little while to get the hang of tuning gently to get within the lines. I also realised that new strings need tuning more often. Once I got the hang of it, then I found it so easy to use. I’m using it on a steel string acoustic guitar. I’d highly recommend this to anyone who can play a guitar but doesn’t have the natural ear to tune by pitch.
I have several different versions of the Snark tuner and keep one in each case for both guitars (6 & 12 string + electrics) and also a baritone ukulele. This particular model works well but some of my earlier versions work better. (These now seem to have been superceded by modern 'improved' updates!!!!!!!) It can be a bit 'twitchy' when it can fail to immediately recognise the higher strings (irrespective of what tuning is being used). However, after a second or third attempt it always works. There are obviously some weaknesses with the tuner but at long as you attach it firmly where vibrations will be strongly sensed, then it should suffice.
This is really good for tuning a violin. It can clip onto the far end of the peg box and is adjustable enough to swivel it around to be visible. It shows you the nearest note and whether you are sharp or flat.... however it doesnt show which octave you're in - using a phone app that displays the frequency is vital to reach the right sort of range before using this meter. It also shows what notes you're getting when bowing and is a good way to see whether the instrument has untuned itself yet again. A quick twiddle with pegs or fine tuners will get it back to showing the correct note. It can also help with left hand finger placement which seems to be a bit of a mysterious dark art....
Very pleased with this tuner. Means I can have a strum without going through my pedal board and using the main tuner. I knew about the issue with the rubber grip reacting with some guitar finishes, so I also ordered some kids sticky backed felt shapes and put them on the rubber grips. Works a treat and doesn’t interfere with tuning ability. So that’s an easy fix and I’m surprised that Snark didn’t include sticky felt with the tuner as this seems an obvious solution.