I'm sort of interested in taking a survey, but also wondering if other people think the accuracy of your tuner is audible. As for me, I became tied to electronic tuners years ago when I realized that they were faster and more accurate than I care to be. I had spent years perfecting my ability to tune with just one reference pitch. But then came the electronic tuners and I gave up that craft.
About two years ago, I was watching Delta Moon at Blind Willies and the lead singer kept tuning his guitar with a Korg Pitchblack. I decided I had to have a floor tuner and looked at the Boss, Digitech, Korg, Peterson etc. But then I saw this little tuner for about the same price as the Korg that was a true strobe tuner with .02 cent accuracy. (I think the boss TU2 had an abysmal 3 cent accuracy at the time.) I went ahead and bought it and was surprised at the difference it made in the sound of my guitars. They never seemed so in tune.
My son and I spent about an hour blind testing and we both concluded that the difference was audible and significant. I wasn't willing to spring for the Peterson virtual strobe pedal price, but at this price point, I couldn't refuse. I've never looked back either - I tune almost exclusively with strobe now. (Turbo Tuner is my pedal.)
Just recently, Peterson put out an iPhone virtual strobe tuner for $9.99. Wow! It's accurate (.1 cent), steady and easy to see. So now, I am rarely without a strobe tuner (I still haven't spent as much as the Peterson would have cost). Granted, I do make the rare adjustment to a string or two depending on the key.
So two questions:
1) Do you tend to depend on electronic tuners? If so, which one (s)?
2) If you are a strobe user, do you feel that it makes an audible difference?
I've been using electronic tuners since the early 90s, and yes, they do make a difference. Some are definitely MUCH better than others: the tuner in my old Korg AX30 processor was always accurate, whereas the one in a Korg AX10A (acoustic modeler) was less than helpful. The tuner in my Roland GR33 also seems accurate.
On my pedal board I use a Pitchblack. That also has a strobe tuning mode, although I find the 'standard' mode perfectly acceptable.
Not wishing to sound grumpy, but reasonable electronic tuners have been cheaply available for a long time. It seems odd that a serious guitarist would not use one as standard these days unless they possessed perfect pitch - even then, it makes silent tuning on stage possible, even when the drummer is warming up.
Ok. It's not just me. I don't like the tuner on the AX10A at all.
I wasn't that happy with the AX10A. Even when I paid only like $50 for it. The models are all so subtle. It may be my acoustics, but I think I really only use chorus and delay/reverb sometimes.
My older Korg tuner on the other hand is pretty accurate. At least better than AX10.
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