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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!
I returned the first SNARK HZ I ordered because all it seemed to do was flash '0000' when I used it's frequency counter. Its replacement did exactly the same!! This SNARK HZ model may work well for guitars but I suggest you DO NOT BUY this model if you want frequency info for violin, octave-violin, mandolin and Irish mandola unless you are prepared to use a calculator!!! For all these instruments the results were the SAME, irrespective of octave. In ascending order of strings, G read 96.8, D 73.1, A 54.7, E, 41.3 Hz, factors of half, quarter, eighth and sixteenth adrift of their actual values, and half those factors for the octave instruments!. This accounted for the lower frequency readings for the higher the string!! The 'tuner' function was good, clear and fast however.
I think this device requires a firmware or ASIC modification because the 'SUPER TIGHT HZ' certainly doesn't do what is says on its box!!!!!!!. Let's hope SNARK's HZ MKII will be better! ( I'll be keeping the tuner as it's too much hassle to change it.)
I gave the third chance to this product as I like the brightness of the screen. I bought 2 "clip on" and both were not tight enough. Therefore fell on the floor and broke the plastic which holds the round head hook. I used it without tightener but it's not handy and I decided to buy another "Clip on". At this time, it just did not work anymore after a little while (bought it from the high street retailer). I made my third attempt: I bought the super tight. It fell with my guitar and It is no longer working. Cannot find the third one. I register it for the warranty, although Snark only covers if you have bought it in the States!! All of it happened in the past 2 years. Good luck!
I owned a Snark years ago, the fixing holding the arm in place snapped off rendering it useless. After seeing them everywhere and hearing the buzz, I decided to try another one to see if they'd improved. Again, accurate and fast tuning, poor design. The moment I picked up my guitar the same thing happened, only this time TWO of the teeth fell off. Don't even bother trying to superglue them back together, they'll just break off again.
Works great and easy to use, only problem I can see is that the brackets to rotate it look like they are cheaply made and I could see them breaking off if rotated too often, for me not a great design, shame that it spoils what is a very good tuner. Price was fair and will do what I need it to do, I would not leave it on the guitar but remove it after each use. Happy with purchase and if it lasts for 12 months then for me, it is good value.
For it's core purpose, this is functional. The display is easy to read and tuning seems accurate.
However, I'm less than impressed on two fronts:
1. The reset time after tuning a string and the meter resetting is a bit longer than I'd expected, and you seem to have to wait for reset before moving to the next string - otherwise the device keeps telling you that you're out of tune for the previous note. Not a deal-breaker but annoyingly fiddly.
2. The page clearly states the device has a metronome function, but there's no mention in the instructions not any way I can find on the device to activate such a feature.
I ordered this 8 months ago for tuning a bass guitar. There is always a delay of 1-2 seconds for it to display the note. Sometimes a bass guitar 'A' displays as a C# (not ideal, let's be honest). Worst of all the display is dull to the point of unreadable, and has now packed in altogether after 8 months.
The only issue I have with it is, that the Hz mode always turns off after 2 or, at the most, 3 strings. Even when constantly picking a string. That is very nervy because you have always to start from the top again, with your 6 string. Costing a load of time. I tried different techniques to avoid that, to no avail. Maybe I just got a bad calibrated piece. In its normal mode the tuner works brilliantly, very fast.