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Fender FT-0004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner
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- Small, compact size one-handed swivel clamp
- Tuning modes include: Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Violin and Chromatic
- Tuning Range B0-B7.
- 1x 3V 2032 battery required (included)
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The small format FT-004 Fender clip on Tuner is easy to operate even under darkened stage conditions. Built-in vibration sensor for acurate tuning even in noisy areas. The large LCD display with easy-to-read needle shows white when out of tune and bright green when in tune.
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The way this helps is that, if someone is tuning the A string, the display should show the number 5 on the lower left corner (for 5th string from the bottom). Instead of showing G#, G, F#, F if it's too low, or A#, B, C C#, etc, if it's too high, it will simply show that you are too low or too high.
Again, something that beginners might struggle with, since their ears are not tuned to what the notes should sound like.
The only thing I don't like about this is the limited movement of it. I have it clipped to the headstock of my guitar and pointed behind it, so I can see it when I look to my left. When in that orientation, the display is sideways and you simply cannot change it to be right side up. It doesn't take too long to get used to a sideways display, it definitely hasn't hurt my ability to tune. It's just a little awkward. Other than that, this is a good product!
I haven't tried this out on a banjo or a 12-string yet. The tuner did struggle a bit with the 5 string bass and during live playing it didn't seem to have any issues. The pitch of the tuner is pretty accurate to my Korg Pitch Black Pro! You can do 1/2 step and open tuning.
The life of the battery is a bit of a concern but so far so good. The compartment to the battery does take a precision Philips head driver which could be an issue for some.
Overall I'm impressed and is another tool to use to keep your instrument in tune. Can it replace your stompbox? That comes down to your personal preference. I cut my volume knob and tune from the FT-004, so tuning in silent is possible. This was mainly for my acoustics, and soon has found it's way into my electrics.
After a few weeks, this caused a permanent mark on a genuine 1972 telecaster.
Best guess is; corrosive chemical outgassing from cheap materials.
Fortunately, the guitar is heavily worn so it's another battle scar...
Thanks for the toxic junk, fender!
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Initially after some research ..testing a borrowed clip-on tuner & reading reviews - I was wanting a neat, non-wacky, 'pro', accurate unit. I settled on the Korg AW 2. After a year I thought I'd buy another for my second guitar, so got the Fender FT-004. They both tune through vibration - the best method in my opinion; the Korg can be switched from 'Mic' to 'Piezo' (use Piezo), the Fender is 'vibration' only. I'm using classical guitars, though have on occasion used the Korg just as well on a steel-string guitar.
Comparing side by side on the same guitar, both are neat and professional looking.
First off in differences ..the clip: the Korg's double ball-joint is always un-popping itself, a nuisance, we all lean our guitars on a wall, or put the tuner in a carry box, etc, ..it keeps dislocating itself from the clip, no big deal but it will happen and its annoying. The Fender has a simple hinge & rotating plate mount - it can't un-pop, you lose one angle of rotation but I prefer its solidity.
Back light, the Korg has an 'on' or 'off' button, the Fender is always 'on' - maybe this means less battery life but always on is fine by me (also the colour changes with the Fender).
* The main and most important difference is in the method of tuning. The Korg uses a very fast sample period (maybe <1/10 sec) resulting in a very precise and lively reading, the detailed digital gauge is also very wide in its throw (the unit is wide compared to the vertical design of the Fender) this results in a more 'nervous' style of tuning - harmonics produced by the guitar's body and the plucked string settling into its frequency causes the needle to fluctuate - yet accurately picking up those stray frequencies. The Fender seems to have a slower sample period (~0.5sec) ironing-out fluctuations, this averaging does make it marginally less accurate, + the digital gauge doesn't have the detailed analogue realism offered by the Korg, and the Fender settles on the 'correct tuning' more readily while the Korg says slightly up or down.
Over the course of a day, in different temperatures, guitars change tuning subtly, using the Korg you might be endlessly tweaking - its a technical tuner, the Fender is more confident in saying 'yes' & is more solid - it tunes like a trained ear 'that's it, now play!'
My verdict is both are great, the Korg has the edge in terms of detailed accuracy, the articulated joint is a sore point though - too delicate; the Fender has a nice solid confidence about it, and in this I prefer it as my ready dependable tuner.
Their differences may swing it one way or another for you ..if you play the lute get the Korg, if you play live-gigs with a steel-string get the Fender, if you play classical guitar you might end up getting both!
Step forward to today and this little beauty has me astounded. I checked its calibration by clipping it to the headstock of my mandolin and touching an A=440 tuning fork on the body. The tuner showed A and turned green - confirming accuracy of the device. Tuning in chromatic mode is a breeze on guitar (clip to headstock), banjo (clip either to headstock or wrist rest) and mandolin (clip to headstock). However, it's not so easy with a violin as the joint doesn't permit the display to be seen with the instrument under your chin and the tuner clipped to the scroll and so I've had to tune 'pizzicato' with the instrument under my arm rather than bowed (any pointers on how to get around this gratefully accepted!)
Despite what it says in other reviews, there is and on/off switch. It's located below the display and you press once for on and twice for off.
Great bit of kit and money well spent.
I have been using for a few months now and haven't had to change the battery.
Very accurate and works for a number of instruments:
-generic chromatic tuner
Feels sturdy and I expect will last me a fair while.
This is great as it means that you can tune up where there is background noise easily.
Easy to use and has different settings for different tune ups.
With a better battery access, five stars. As is, four. Dirt cheap though.
Be aware that the model does have different modes other than guitar. It can be quite easy to have the tuner set to a different instrument, not realise, and assume the tuner isn't working very well.
when it arrived i was surprised by the size of it, its tiny! but that's a good thing, the screen is nice and clear. it tunes by vibration which is handy in case you've got allot of background noise.
only issue is the tuning modes, if i try and tune on 'b' (for bass) is can be quite finicky when tuning the lowest string, so i used the 'C' chromatic tuning function instead and its spot on, can tune to drop d and very responsive.