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What tuner is a the best one to set intonation?

Dr. Tweedbucket

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..... I thought the Strobe tuner II was going to be the cat's meow, but either I don't know how to use it right, it's defective or it's just hard to use for high resolution and harmonic tuning.

How about the TC electric Ploy tune or Turbo tuner? :huh
 

Totally Bored

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I have the Strobosoft and the Polytune on my IPhone :)

The Strobosoft reminds me of Acid Flashbacks I had in the 70's :bonk

My vote is for the Polytune. :dude


Or get a Snark on Amazon for $12




Not sure why peeps need super precise tuners that give you flashbacks :bong
( I looked for the Flashback emoticon and settled for the bong )

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Den

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I've used the Peterson Strobostomp for setting intonation for years. Peterson has some excellent step by step suggestions online for intonation ... works great on all of my guitars.
 

stratguy23

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Turbo Tuner is more accurate than the Polytune, so that one would be better, but there may be something more accurate not in pedal format that I don't know about.
 

Pietro

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I find this super easy to do with my Strobostomp II. Especially for the guitars I own which have the Buzz Feiten Tuning System. I'm sure the Turbo Tuner is great, too. In this day and age, no way would I invest in anything but those two.
 

antbosca

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If you have a USB interface, your computer makes a great tuner. Garageband has a very accurate, easy to use tuner. I've used it for many set-ups. I'm sure there are similar features/products on Windows, if that's your cup of tea.
 

bob-i

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Peterson Strobe tuners. There is no substitute.
+1

I still have the peterson I bought in 1975, I couldn't get to the store fast enough when they released the virtual strobe.

Learning to read a strobe is the key. The largest bands are the fundamental tones, the smaller bands are the harmonics. If they don't line up or jump around this indicates something is off, dead strings, pickups too close causing magnetic pull, even a string twisted over its length can cause this. A certain amount of this jumping is normal.

Also, it's far easier to visualize correct tuning with a strobe. The strobe not moving is easy to visualize.

If you just can't get it to work for you, almost any tuner will work good enough.
 

Steve73

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Yeah, Turbo for me as well. I just set the intonation on my 335 and a bass and they are spot on now.
 

blong

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I use a Boss TU-12H. I prefer it to the Peterson. It's extremely accurate unless you have bat ears.

Bob
 

EADGBE

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This is probably the best tuner on earth for setting a guitar's intonation.



But at $3499.99 it's a little expensive. However I'm very happy with my Peterson's virtual strobe.

 

walterw

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turbo tuner, nothing else even comes close!

(yes, even better than actual mechanical strobes, because it's also analog, and thus every bit as accurate, but changes pitches instantly; the only mechanical strobe that does as well and as quickly is that huge fabulously expensive version with 12 different wheels all spinning at the same time.)

the peterson virtual strobes are really good, but trading mine out for the turbo was an easy decision.
 

mellecaster

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The Best is to first get a working knowledge of how to set Intonation on

a Fretted Instrument, and not try to get every String absolutely "Perfect"

only on the 12th Fret (which is what most Forums tell ya)....That's all I got.
 

walterw

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The Best is to first get a working knowledge of how to set Intonation on

a Fretted Instrument, and not try to get every String absolutely "Perfect"

only on the 12th Fret (which is what most Forums tell ya)....That's all I got.
yep, but don't get hung up on the 12th fret, there's nothing special about it.

if you get the majority of notes on a string between like 9 and 14 to be right, or to at least not be off in one direction more than they are the other, you're probably as good as it's gonna get.

anyway, i'm surprised the question is even being asked; there may be no other single piece of gear on the entire gear page that's as universally praised as being "best in class at any price" than the turbo, and it's been that way for a few years now.
 

p.j.

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My Peterson VS-1 is easy to use and much, much more accurate than my other tuners.

PJ
 






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