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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 have several of the earlier versions of the Snark, having been a fan since their inception. This new version is a much brighter and clearer screen than previous ones and works faster too. The hz button works fine and the reading is clear although relatively small on the main screen. Like the Peterson tuners the hz display is about getting very fine tuning, however fans of the strobe tuning on those won’t have the same visual cues. The Snark is good enough to get my Classicals and Electrics easily and quickly in tune. The instructions do say do not put it on ANY Gibson guitar and nitrocellulose finishes, the previous reviewer was right about that. Older versions of the Snark had similar warnings but not about Gibson specifically. I did notice some minor pressure marks on two French polished guitars but I did leave the old Snark tuner in situ for long periods and the marks were easily polished out. I had no issues on Ibanez guitars at all. This new tuner will sit on a Cordoba dolce headstock most of the time and so far no marks but it’s only been on a couple of days. I didn’t know whether the Gibson thing might have been a bit of a poke at Gibson - The Gibson’s I have owned and played weren’t that great with intonation etc.. The odd pressure marks came off easily with Mr.Sheen (natural) and microfibre cloth. For the cost of around £20.00 this is the best value clip on tuner there is.