I have my own home studio and work with a lot of guitarists, and I'm also one myself, so a good quality guitar tuner is highly essential in my studio as it's used on a daily basis. Great tuning is paramount if your want good sounding recordings. My studio gets hot very quickly and the strings often detune themselves after about 30 minutes, which drives me crazy. I've had various guitar tuners over the years and this one is my latest purchase. This particular device is suitable for acoustics guitars, electric, classical and bass guitars.
Before you start to tune away, grab yourself a couple of AA batteries and insert them into the back of the Qwik tune, if you're using an acoustic guitar hit a string (not literally) and then your are ready to rock and roll. There are 3 ways in which you can tune your guitar; by use of the in-built microphone, by plugging your guitar in or by using the pitch pipe method.
So onto the tuning aspect. You'll notice at the top that the notes are all arranged in a line with a grid underneath. The vertical line will move to the middle of the grid as your guitar starts to become 'in-tune'. Start with your lower E string and watch what's displayed on the unit, it'll tell you if your too sharp or too flat, once the little green LED lights up you know that your string is nicely in tune.
More often than not I always for get to power a battery-operated device down and my batteries get eaten in no time at all. The Qwik tune will cleverly power itself down within 2 minutes of you last using it, so'll you'll not need to worry about your batteries draining.
It's not the robust of units I've ever seen as it's made from plastic, one drop and it could fall apart so care is needed. It's not the best of tuners for advanced users and sometimes if a string is badly out of tune the tuner fails to recoginise it at all which could leave a beginner very perplexed. If this is the case you can then use the pitch pipe button. This button simply plays the note that you need to tune and you tune your guitar as near as you can get to it, it's kind of a match the sound feature that is ideal for beginners. It's a highly accurate tuner and I'd recommend it to any beginner.
I found it on the Internet at the price of about £12 a few years back.
I'm not a great guitarist - I play for my own amusement and probably prefer when nobody else is listening. Although I don't sound great, I sound much better when I'm in tune, and because guitar strings can very easily go out of tune, I need a quick and easy way of correcting this.
I chose the "Qwik Tune" for about a tenner, as one of my friends also had the same model and thought it was great. It's a relatively simple and compact device, which works in several different ways. Firstly you can press a small button and hear the notes (E, A, D, G, B, E) and then tune your strings to match those notes by ear. Now, if you're a relative novice or don't have a good ear for pitch (I don't) it can be difficult to tune your guitar by ear. You may think you have it, but as soon as you start to play it will be truly awful even if it's a little but out - so a more accurate and easy method is called for.
Fortunately the Qwik Tune has 2 other functions for tuning:
1 - If you have an electric guitar with a lead, plug the guitar directly into the Qwik Tune, and pluck your strings. The tuner will pick up the notes directly and highlight whether the note is too high or too low.
2 - If you have an acoustic or classical guitar, the Qwik Tune also has a microphone built in. If you play your strings next to the tuner, it will 'hear' what you are playing an indicate how horribly out of tune it is. I find this works best if you rest the tuner on the guitar as you play the notes, which allows it to pick up the vibrations even better.
In each of these cases, the screen uses a small scale, like a speedometer, to show whether you are flat (the digital indicator will point to the left, accompanied by a red light), or sharp (pointing to the right, with a red light) or in tune (the indicator will be vertical in the centre, accompanied by a little green light).
The display system is nice and clear, and easy to understand, making tuning simple and quick; it's not the most complex of gadgets, but does its job effectively. The pitching is pretty much spot on, and my guitars always sound good after tuning with the Qwik Tune.
The unit is also very small and compact, making it easily portable and perfect for your guitar bag or case. Finally, it's battery-powered, taking 2x AA batteries, which should last you quite a while!
I have played the guitar on and off since learning to play at school where I harboured dreams of being a guitar playing rock goddess. I own three guitars; a classical acoustic, a steel string one and then an electric one. After a bit of use as the guitars are made of wood there is a bit of give and the strings often need returning or replacing. Old strings get flattened after a while and have too much contact with the fret wire, so that they sound dull and boring; these definitely need replacing and retuning. This is a really easy process that is made much easier with the help of an electric tuner.
I have owned the Qwik Tune for a number of years and it is still a really good reliable tuner for tuning a guitar. I think I paid around £5.00 for this device, which is really reasonable.
The device is a little silver box with a purple button on the front and a range screen at the front with the letters of the strings written on it. It has a built in microphone which always manages to pick up sound; it is very sensitive. The Off Meter tuning tells you which string you're trying to tune and shows you whether you're flat or sharp. There is also an electronic pitch pipe that plays each guitar string's pitch, this perfect for beginners like me, who do not have the acute sense of hearing that regular musicians have. The casing is quite robust and on the whole it is quite small. It fits neatly inside a pocket of my guitar carrying case.
The only problem I experienced was when I had new strings put on my classical guitar. As these are made from nylon, the strings took a while to stretch and settle into turn. The Qwik Tune could not identify which string I was using so it took a while to get it right. The setting for 'E' may also appear to give you an 'in-tune' reading if you tune it to 'A' or 'B' above that and this could result in you snapping the string if you keep turning it. This is where the pitch pipe can come in usual as it may be best to get the string sounding something like the pitch before trying to use the microphone option.
Another problem I have encountered is that sometimes the tuner can react to a very loud room and you cannot get an accurate reading. I never play to crowds but I have played at a party and this readings were all wrong.
The device comes with batteries and only a couple of times I have had to change them. As long as you remember to turn the device off after use; it should last a long time.
For the price I paid, I think that this is really good value for money. It is reliable and really easy to use. It is simple enough for a child to use and I would fully recommend it. At my level of skill, I couldn't cope with anything more complicated than this and really do not find the need. A great piece of kit for any budding guitarist.
The tuner is an integral part of playing guitar, there's nothing worse than an out of tune instrument. That's where this little gadget comes in. The Qwik Tune QT11 has become very popular in recent years, I constantly see people with them slipped in their acoustics bag or beginners getting them with their first guitar. I think their popularity is due to the ease of use. There are three different ways to tune using this. First is a built in microphone, this picks up your guitars sound and using the needle you can tune, this is more for acoustic and nylon acoustics without an jack output. Secondly is a jack input which is probably what most people use as it is the most accurate. Lastly is some pitch pipes for people who prefer to tune by ears.
The construction of the tuner is plastic, it feels a bit cheap, but I have never heard of one breaking. The other problem is the screen is bright, there's no way you would see it on stage, and there is no audio pass through so you have to have the guitar plugged straight in, you have to pull your guitar out of the effect chain. Many other tuners take a more stage friendly pedal form.
The tuner costs £10 which is a fair price but a pedal type may be better for electrics. However nylon string acoustics may want to check this out.
One of the most important parts of owning or using a musical instrument is keeping it in tune - a problem with cheaper guitars especially is the fact that they can wander out of key with the smallest knock. Similarly, even quality guitars need frequent checking - especially when the strings have just been replaced. It's very important then that every serious guitarist should have a tuner close at hand, especially if the guitarist in question is performing to an audience and doesn't want to have a plethora of fruit thrown at him / her.
One of the most popular tuners available is the 'Qwik Tune QT11' - firstly because of its low price, and secondly due to the fact that it's easy to use. The device currently costs £9.50 from amazon.co.uk, and requires two AAA batteries to operate. The tuner is suitable for use with electric, acoustic, classical, and bass guitars, and works via sound input rather than vibration detection as many tuners do these days.
Design and Appearance
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In terms of its size, the QT11 is small enough to fit into the hand, but thankfully large enough so that it's not too fiddly to operate. Made from fairly thin silver plastic, It's not the most robust tuner out there, and I have gone through a couple in my time (mainly due to dropping incidents...) - however, treat it with respect and it should have a healthy lifespan. The batteries last a similarly long time, although you have to remember to switch off the device after use, or you'll end up eating those AAAs at a rate of knotts.
How does the Qwik Tune Work?
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The tuner itself is very versatile, and offers three ways to get your strings in tune. Firstly there's the microphone option - here, you simply play your guitar within earshot of the QT11, and the device will determine the reading from the sound that is produced. This option works well in quiet environments, but can falter if there's a lot of ambient noise around the tuner. Secondly there's the plug-in option - with this method you simply plug your electric guitar directly into the top of the device using a standard guitar lead. This approach is best for noisier gig environments, as the sound is fed directly into the machine without any external influence. It should be pointed out that this method will not work if your guitar (say, a standard acoustic) doesn't have scope to attach a guitar lead. Finally there's the old-skool 'pitch-pipe mode' - here, the device will play the tone of each string (E, A, D, G, B ,E) through the external speaker, allowing you to match up the tuning by ear.
The Tuning Process + Potential Problems
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The QT11's front LCD display is clear and simple to use - it shows the notes arranged in a horizontal line at the top, with a grid shown underneath. A vertical line moves to the centre of this grid when your string reaches the correct key. Should you struggle to understand the metering system, there's also a handy indicator light which turns green when your note is in tune. Problems can arise if your guitar is *really* out of tune to begin with - here, the QT11 can sometimes assume that you're trying to tune a different string to the one you actually are. In this situation, you can use the pitch-pipe mode to get the string to roughly the correct tuning by ear, at this point the QT11 will be able to take over.
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Overall, I would recommend the QT11 as a good all round tuner that offers great value for money at under ten pounds. In my experience I have always found the QT11's tuning to be accurate (in all three modes), and overall it's an easy machine to operate. No, it's not the most robust tuner on the market, but if you don't go dropping in on numerous occassions then you'll have no problems in the long run.
I bought myself a guitar when I was about 14 but never really got round to playing it. I recently picked it up again and am teaching myself how to play it. I found myself trying to tune it with online tuners, some of which weren't totally reliable, so I decided to get myself a guitar tuner. I bought mine in my local music shop, which is where I'd purchased my guitar years ago.
The one I bought was around £10, which for a product you use all the time seems very reasonable. Paying this much was definitely worth it for the product.
Although the appearance of it really isn't too important, it's silver so if you're buying it as a gift for younger children they won't be put off by it being too girly or too boyish. It's fairly small so can be taken with you anywhere you take your guitar. The display is also very very clear so it's easy to tune your guitar.
This product is really really easy to use. You can either plug your electric guitar into it at the top, or press the button, which will manually play each of the 6 notes for you to play and tune yourself. The display shows a sort of tuner, and the red and green arrows at the top will flash if you're sharp or flat. It's extremely easy to use, especially if you're somewhere loud or where it's not convenient to tune your guitar in another way.
A great product I'm glad I purchased, I would reccomend it to any of my friends who play the guitar.
During my 10 years and counting playing, or at least trying to play, an Electric Guitar, one of the most useful and life saving devices I have used has been the Qwik Tune QT11 Guitar Tuner. This device has saved so much time, performed remarkably and made me guitar playing so much easier!
Basically, this is designed to tune your guitar strings to the required note and does so in a variety of ways. Even for players who have been playing for a number of years its hard to tune the guitar from ear, and impossible for beginners. Even for me 10 years playing, I have always relied on this device as I am a bit of a perfectionist and this device aids my concerns that my guitar isn't tuned.
This is a small device that is about the size of a normal hand. This makes it extremely portable and easy to fit into a guitar bag or gig bag at any time. Its also very very light which adds to the portability. It has a plastically and very fragile feel though as inside the plastic casing, there cannot be a lot going on. However, the plastic casing is tough as old boots and this ahs been dropped so many times, still survives and still tunes my axe to perfection.
The device works, at its easiest, my plugging your electric guitar, via your amp lead, into the top and hitting a string. The tuner will give you an indication whether to tone you are looking for is too high or low via a on screen pitch field and a set of lights. You keep plugging and tweaking the string until the light goes and stays green indicating your guitar is perfectly tuned. This is a very easy and simple process and once used a few times you will have your guitar tuned in a minute or too.
It also tunes via pitch pipe if you prefer or if tuning an acoustic. This simply plays the tone of the note and you fiddle around till you match the tone, press the button and it plays the next tone and likewise for all six strings. Also, you can tune via an in built microphone in the device which picks up any type of note and reads it. The mic doesn't work as well as the plug in tuner but its accurate enough to keep you right. All for under a tenner!
One set of batteries should last you years as the device will only be one for short periods so there are no worries on that front.
All round this has been essential to my guitar product and ten years since I bought my first tuner its still going strong. Essential, trustworthy and reliable and an all round gem of a product
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This small device is the life blood of my guitar and without it I wouldn't be able to play a thing that sounded good due to the guitar being out of tune! I am a pretty beginner guitarist so having an auto tuner is essential for me as I am unable to tune by ear (not really tried). Playing an out of tune guitar is like watching a TV with pixels missing or playing a piano with missing keys... its just not the whole package and it would sound terrible.
This tuner can be used for electric or acoustic guitars. If it is an electric guitar you are tuning you simply plug one end of your amp cable into the guitar and the other end into the tuner. Once this is done you simply tune each string 1 at a time. When you pluck a string, a pin on the tuner will move to what pitch / letter it is... you need to get the pin on the right letter and in the center of the 2 oval shapes in the picture. When it is in the center a green LED light will also come on. If its not in the center there are 2 red arrow lights which will tell you which way you need to tune to get it to the right pitch. Sometimes the pin can be a bit in no mans land and it can take some fiddling to get the tuning correct but this device definitley helps over all.
If you are tuning an acoustic the above concept is the same apart from you can't connect to the guitar so you have to hold the tuner near the strings to pick up the tone. The device is really simple, it has an on/off button and a pitch pipe button. I've never used the pitch pipe button as I think its more for tuning by ear.. all it does is cycle through the letters on the tuner and lets out a buzz in the corresponding letter tone.
This device can be picked up for around £8 - £12 and I recommend it to any beginner guitarists.
Guitar strings are prone to going out of tune very easily, particularly with environmental factors such as a change in temperature or even after playing the instrument for a certain amount of time. It can be difficult to tune your guitar with accuracy, particularly if you are a beginner or happen to be in a noisy environment such as a band practice or music lesson. A useful gadget to have in times of need for a pitch perfect guitar, is a guitar tuner.
The model I purchased from my local music shop where I took my guitar lessons, was the Qwik Tune Automatic guitar & bass tuner. I have both electric and acoustic guitars at home, and this tuner is suitable for both and can even be used to tune bass guitars too. To use the tuner, you can either plug your guitar into the top of the tuner with your guitar cable you would use with your amp, or press the "pitch pipe" button for the tuner to play each of the 6 notes for you to manually listen and tune the notes on your guitar accordingly.
The screen on the front of the tuner is how you determine how accurate the note is to being pitch perfect. Each of the six notes E,A,D,G,B,E is displayed above a measurer which has -80 and +80 at either side, with a small circle in the centre so you know that is the perfect note. If the note you are playing in is either sharp or flat of the note, the slider will move and the arrows above the screen will display either red or green depending on how close you are to the perfect note.
The tuner itself requires two AA batteries to work, and providing you remember to turn the tuner off afterwards, should last you a long time. I have so far got quite a bit of use out of this tuner, as it's not always ease for me to tune my guitar unless I have a piano or keyboard nearby where I can play the notes in 4ths on the keys in accordance to the notes of each string. It may look like a bulky gadget on the picture, however it is surprisingly small at about 3 inches in length and 1 inch depth, so perfect for guitar bags as it won't take up too much room.
Overall I would definitely recommend this tuner to guitar and bass players of all levels and abilities. It is silver with a purple on/off button so would suit all people as it's not masculine or girly in appearance, and of course does the job! If you wanted to purchase this tuner, it would set you back around £10, which is pretty good value and I'm sure you'd get a lot of use out of it like I have.