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  • #16
    I forgot where I read it,maybe the Seymour Duncan site but I could be wrong but I have been doing this. Neck pup with the tone pot rolled all the way down.
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    • #17
      I forgot where I read it,maybe the Seymour Duncan site but I could be wrong but I have been doing this. Neck pup with the tone pot rolled all the way down.
      the fewer overtones, the better for the tuner to find the actual tone.
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      • #18
        I tune to the sustained note. I figure the initial attack is always a bit sharp and doesn't matter quite as much as the eventual note it settles to.
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        • #19
          Turbo Tuner

          The end.

          PS. Makes a great mute switch, too.
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          • #20
            Turbo Tuner

            The end.

            PS. Makes a great mute switch, too.


            Agreed, the best tuner currently available by a long shot. Literally changed my life.

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            I usually tune after every 2 or 3 songs. Hit the foot switch on the Turbo Tuner to mute my signal and quickly check each string. I flip to the neck pickup, pluck the string gently with my thumb (close to the neck) while muting the other strings. The Turbo Tuner locks on the note REALLY fast so I can tune my guitar in like 30 seconds. I also no longer have to "fine tune" with this tuner after tuning.

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            • #21
              I forgot where I read it,maybe the Seymour Duncan site but I could be wrong but I have been doing this. Neck pup with the tone pot rolled all the way down.


              Kind of this for me but I was told many years ago to tune with the guitar set to the bridge pickup with the tone rolled all the way down and if there's no tone pot on the guitar, at least turn the volume knob down to 5 or 7... basically anything to get rid of the prominent attack.
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              • #22
                I said, it's an aid to me...not that I don't use one. What I mean by that is I tune with a tuner first, then adjust with my ears. As far as playing to 5K people, well NO I've never done that, but I did play in front of a few thousand all the time in the late 70's...before we had tuners. So I can attest to the fact that it certainly can be done.

                This works until you are on a stage in front of five thousand people.

                If your goal is to ever play live and not look like an amateur, then you will have to learn to trust your tuner.

                The only thing worse than dead air in a show, is bands audibly tuning between songs. It screams amateur.

                A couple of a second little tweak here or there audibly is acceptable and can even be part of the show, particularly dropping from E to D on the E string, etc, but for the most part, no one wants to hear you tune.

                And, yes, I know some pros still do it, but in my opinion, even they sound like amateurs while they are doing this.

                Definitely use your ears, develop them, and you should be able to tune your guitar without a tuner.

                But on stage, you are going to need to learn to trust your tuner in mute mode.

                You should be checking your tuning regularly live, minimum every few songs or so, even if you think it sounds in tune, and if you are doing this without a tuner in mute mode, you are going to drive the audience crazy.
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                • #23
                  I have the planet waves turbo tuner. I use it as a mute switch as well. I upgraded from my Artec big dots tuner (which is very handy for stage tuning) and it seemed the best and logical choice.
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                  • #24
                    I let the note ring for a second or two. Depending on the particular guitar, I sometimes tune flat on the G string by a couple cents, because when fretted they are off a bit.
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                    • #25
                      I forgot where I read it,maybe the Seymour Duncan site but I could be wrong but I have been doing this. Neck pup with the tone pot rolled all the way down.


                      Yep, this does the job on the wound strings but I find that the bridge p'up works best for the plain strings.

                      Tune and give the string a tug and let it snap free. Repeat this process until the tuning stays put. This equalizes the pressure on both sides of the nut/etc.
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                      • #26
                        I said, it's an aid to me...not that I don't use one. What I mean by that is I tune with a tuner first, then adjust with my ears. As far as playing to 5K people, well NO I've never done that, but I did play in front of a few thousand all the time in the late 70's...before we had tuners. So I can attest to the fact that it certainly can be done.


                        Yeah, I know it can be done. We toured the country in the eighties, and we, no one in my band in those days, ever used a tuner live at all. Five years of playing with no tuner, then in about 86 or so, we were making some decent money, got a few endorsements, etc, so we all went out and bought a bunch of rack gear. We argued over the need to get tuners because we prided ourselves on not needing them. One week on the road using them and we couldn't figure out why we waited so long.

                        I hear what you are saying about fine tuning by ear after using the tuner. I think everyone pretty much does that.

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                        • #27
                          I actually went one step further...about two years ago I bought a Gibson Robot SG....don't need no stinkin' tuners AND don't even have to tune it as it tunes itself. I actually liked the guitar, but I sold it because I was sure it was going to break and didn't want to deal with it. But I have to say it was pretty cool to see it tune itself and it was nice for going into alternate tunings.


                          Yeah, I know it can be done. We toured the country in the eighties, and we, no one in my band in those days, ever used a tuner live at all. Five years of playing with no tuner, then in about 86 or so, we were making some decent money, got a few endorsements, etc, so we all went out and bought a bunch of rack gear. We argued over the need to get tuners because we prided ourselves on not needing them. One week on the road using them and we couldn't figure out why we waited so long.

                          I hear what you are saying about fine tuning by ear after using the tuner. I think everyone pretty much does that.
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                          • #28
                            I forgot where I read it,maybe the Seymour Duncan site but I could be wrong but I have been doing this. Neck pup with the tone pot rolled all the way down.


                            I read the same thing, probably in Guitar World. I use a $25 Boss TU-80 tuner/metronome. Had it for years. Its had all kinds of **************** spilled on it and Ive dropped it about 40 times and it still works like a champ.
                            Originally Posted by guitarmandp


                            But I really don't give ****************, I have money to make and I'm wasting my time playing on a message board.

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