Anybody gig with a clip-on tuner in a band setting?

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  1. 89strat

    89strat Member

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    Yes, this question has been asked, but there have been new improvements in clip-on's and pedalboards are getting smaller, so I wanted to know if there are any updates?

    Just to Add - this post pertains specifically for live performance on an electric guitar, in a band setting.

    I've tried to use the NS Micro Clip On for my electrics, but wasn't too good with the rest of the band playing or noodling. The NS Micro Clip is great on my taylor acoustic though. And now they make the NS Micro Clip-Free which screws on to a tuning peg hole, maybe that might work better with vibrations, I don't know.

    I recently picked up the TC Electronics uni-tune clip on and the D'Addario eclipse. The TC Electronics is great and so is the D'Addario Eclipse. However, I haven't made the full commitment by going live gig with them yet, just tried them out at rehearsal. My issue with these two is that they didn't really fit on my PRS and just kind of fits on my les paul, but I always feel like they'll fall off, or I'll lose them. So why not use a pedal? I do, but I'm trying to scale down a bit and go to a smaller board.
     
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    You’re going to get a bunch of people telling you they don’t work in a band setting, yet I’ve seen them on many big stages with national acts, including guys not supported by a guitar tech.

    I use a pedal tuner most gigs, but even the little D’Addario/Planet Waves tuners have worked fine live.
     
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    I did for a while in one of my bands when I was attempting to run a small board, it was fine, just a little bit slow.

    I used the little D’Addario clip on. I’ve heard the latest TC one is better.

    In the last year or so I dropped the small board and cart the regular board around for all projects, so having a pedal tuner is no hardship.
     
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    I use that tiny D'Addario model and it works fine, and it doesn't look stupid.
     
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    I have used a TC Polytune Clip in a band setting a few times when I was tired of hauling gear and decided to quit using a pedalboard. Worked fine and was much lighter than my loaded Pedaltrain.
     
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    I use both a TU-3 and a Polytune - if only to lend to the bass or other guitar player who is driving me nuts being out of tune.
     
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    Unitune works great for me. One less pedal in the chain. Only problem is remembering to pack it.
     
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    I have. I use my NS Micro as my current choice when I playbwithout a pedalboard.
    I previously had a Gen 1 Peterson strobo clip. Great tool. But I would pre tune, then remove the tuner to perform. Also on short gigs like festival/opening act where a stripped down setup was an advantage.
     
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    Even if they do work in a band setting, it's the number one mark of an amateur to use them.
     
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    I bought a bunch of the Planet Waves micro tuners after a band mate gave me an extra. They work pretty good. I don't have a tuner pedal, so they're pretty convenient and a two pack is $22.00
     
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    I prefer a pedal tuner for gigging, but if its a jam, my planet waves clip on is tiny and discreet.
     
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    I use the TC Polytune live and it works fine.
     
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    I’ve seen Stu Hamm and Michael Landau using them. That says it all for me.
     
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    I use the TC Polytune live, nothing wrong with using clip-ons for gigging.
    Problem with mine is it eats batteries like crazy.
    That's probably the only reason I would consider a pedal, just so I can connect it to my power supply.
    Anyone else have this problem?
     
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    All day. Haven’t owned a pedal tuner in years...just saying
     
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    I tried rehearsing (small room) this week with a Polytune clip and it was terribly slow! I will stick to my pedal tuner...
     
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    In a world of bad vibes on stage, using a clip-on might be the worst.
    Maybe acceptable in blooze jam circles, but playing originals to people who have paid actual money and time to come and see your band? Pedal tuner or immediate dismissal.
    We all struggle with cool, but at least TRY.
     
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    Pretty much every gig for years, I also have a Sonic Research ST300 on my board. I set the st300 to the six string setting with strobe. I used the clip on to dive bomb strings using the tuner head/peg...then as I bring the string back in tune I can get see it coming up to pitch. I also use it to drop tune and retune the guitar. Remember, I use the six string setting in the st300 so the clip on works great in both situations.

    Also, if I’m not by my pedal board I can tune where I’m at with the clip on.

    For my straight up jazz gigs I just bring a guitar and an amp and plug straight in. In this case, no pedalboard, so I just bring the clip on.
     
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    TC Polytune clip, flipped backwards so I'm viewing it under the headstock. Literally no actual audience member cares, and the saved pedalboard space is massively worth it to me.
     

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