Product Type: QuikTune tuners
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Qwik Tune QT11 Guitar Tuner
Author Name: superness11
Qwik Tune QT11 Guitar Tuner
Advantages: easy to use
Disadvantages: over sensitive microphone
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.
Summary: A perfect tuner for a budding guitarist
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