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      23.06.2011 21:33

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      good for beginners

      I purchased this Qwik Tune tuner when i purchased my first guitar about 4 years ago, and yes... i know have a Boss chromatic tuner. I do believe this tuner is excellent value for money, and it certainly does its job, but after a lot of use and visits to several gig venues with my, my Qwik Tune tuner decided to call it a day.

      It is a simple piece of equipment, and tunes your guitar/bass very precisely. It runs off a 9v battery, which you can pick up cheaply from anywhere. The tuner also has a very good battery life, making it very cheap to use.

      One issue i have with this tuner is the lack of backlight or a light to tell you when it is properly tuned. This can become very annoying when gigging on a dark stage as you find yourself putting your tuner right next to your face!! Thus why i bought the Boss chromatic tuner. The tuner also only tunes your guitar to the standard E A D G B e, so you have to manually tune it to drop d etc if you're after that type of tuning.

      The tuner has a mic, as well as an input so you can tune both electric and acoustic guitars with it.

      This product is ideal for beginners, but if you're after something a bit more durable and with more features, i would look elsewhere.

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      29.11.2010 20:19
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      I have used this product for a few years now and its fantastic

      I have been using this type of tuner for a number of years now and have always found it easy to use and very responsive.
      The tuner works with an external microphone and also via a jack plugin

      The tuner is well designed and works well in low light conditions the tuner works very well and i have had no real issues over the last few years and i cant recommend this product enough.
      The tuner fits nicely into a pocket and hard case. the tuner has also been very well designed and is very hardwearing, my tuner has been dropped many times and it still works
      The tuner although isn't water proof it i have spilt a drink or two over the tuner and it seems to keep working

      The battery life is also very good and i find i usually change the battery every year or so.

      In conclusion this tuner works very well and i am very impressed with this product.
      The product works very well and offers great value for money

      I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a new tuner or a replacement

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        02.10.2010 22:02
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        Fine for a beginner on a budget!

        For christmas when I was younger I got an acoustic guitar...

        It never got played for about two years! The main reason to this was because it wasnt tuned! I could never get the hang of tuning it by ear and stupidly enough never even though about getting a guitar tuner! I was only young though so I forgive my stupidity!

        Several years later when I got an electric guitar for my birthday I got a guitar tuner along with it. This was infact the QwikTune QT8! This was the first time I had used a guitar and a tuner so I was hoping that it would be simple!

        The tuner itself is easy to use. You simply plug a cable into your guitar and the other end to the tuner then press a single button to turn it on.
        Once its turned on you simply hit a string to see how you need to tune it. There is a needle which flickers within a tone range which you have to adjust to get it in tune. The needle on the screen seemed to flicker alot and was completely reliable. It sometimes took a long time just to tune a single string as it kept going all over the place!

        I managed to use the tuner for about a year until I needed a new one. It broke when it was in my guitar case. It wasnt thrown about anywhere or knocked or even dropped. It was always kept in good condition but all of a sudden just went. I checked batteries and they were fine so it simply just died on me. It did last a year so I wasnt too bothered.

        You can pick these up fairly cheap these days if you look in the right places but I wouldnt reccommend getting one second hand as you never know how long it will last! The build itself isnt that great quality either as it feels a very cheap plastic.

        Whilst it is a product that does its job I would not get this tuner again. There are plenty more tuners out there just a bit more in price which are definately worth a purchase!

        If you are a beginner however who doesnt want to spend too much then its worth a buy. It lasted me a year, maybe it'll last longer for you!

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          25.07.2010 13:18
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          Start with this cheap basic tuner then move on

          I have used the Qwik Tune range of products a lot during the years I have been learning Guitar, Bass and Violin and always have found them to be competitively priced, excellent products and this tuner is no different. Its served me for near enough 5 years and I would never change to another brand of tuner having used this with such ease and success.

          Everyone who learns to play Guitar and Bass needs a tuner. Its half the battle tuning the guitar in before you start playing if you rely on pitch pipes, just using your ears or some form of audio cd toner. With this device you will be up and running in a matter of two minutes. Its very much an entry level tuner so will mainly tune your guitar or bass along the standard 6 note set up. Thus it doesn't leave room for advanced tuning or experimenting which is often one thing people complain about regarding this product.

          It tunes electric instruments by plugging in your amp lead and strumming. Twist the tuning fork till the light goes green and the line is lined up on the note and move onto the next one. Easy and simple as it comes. It will also tune these and acoustic guitars via the in built mic which is harder to use but still works a treat and is done within minutes.

          It's a solid product, well built and will last an unambitious player (like myself) a long time. It has excellent battery life, is small and fits easily into the carry bag and gives easy, excellent, spot on tuning for the standard notes.

          At £5 its cheap too so ideal for beginners but as mentioned the product is so cheap as it doesn't cover advanced tuning. This wont matter for a long time in your learning of guitar depending on your learning speed buts its worth being aware of. But I say why pay £50 when you are learning for a tuner you will only use in the same way you use this one initially!

          Best basic tuner on the market


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            19.07.2010 01:24
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            Good tuner for a beginner, not so great for people who've been playing a while.

            I picked one of these up ages ago when I purchased my first guitar, at the time I thought it was a great little unit. Very easy to use and fast.

            It's main drawback is the fact it is only made to tune a guitar to standard EADGBE tuning, this is great for a beginner but not so great for someone who is looking into other tunings and retuning a seriously out of tune instrument. It's a very nice unit for the price that it's asking though, after all most of the chromatic tuners cost anywhere between £20 and £200 depending on the type and features. I have found that now any again it just won't detect anything, which more often then not is an utter pain because it usually takes a couple of gos more to get the thing to work.

            This is a useful tuner for beginning guitarists, those who don't tend to deviate from the E standard tuning and as a backup in case the main one breaks.

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            05.07.2010 08:34
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            A basic tuner for the money

            The Qwik Tune QT8 Automatic Guitar and Bass Tuner is a handy little battery powered gadget that may be suitable for younger inexperienced guitar players and new players who have yet to master the art of tuning.

            It can be a helpful item to have and very often gets thrown in as part of the deal, (which was how we got ours many moons ago) when you buy a starter guitar pack. Do expect to pay anything from £6 to £10 for this tuner if buying it as a stand alone item.

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            For a new guitar player the tuner can prove to be a great help, as guitars can and do often go out of tune very easily, especially when they are either new, or have had new strings fitted.

            The tuner we had came in a small white cardboard box with a bright yellow lightening flash that says the tuner works to give you 'Lightening fast tuning' and this is true to a point. The rest of the box has a vivid purple design, which has white highlights and tells you the tuner is a hands free automatic device.

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            The Qwik Tune QT8 Automatic Guitar and Bass Tuner can be used to tune any acoustic, electric or bass guitar to 'E' standard tuning. It has a handy and easy to read LCD which has a meter showing you how you are doing tuning wise and also shows the note you are tuning to. Its made of black plastic and seems sturdy enough when in use.

            For use with an acoustic guitar all you need to do, is switch on your tuner and then play the note/ string that you want to tune up. You do need to use this in a quiet room as there can be outside interference otherwise.

            You also need to stand the device really close to your guitar when using the tuner this way, otherwise the results are not good. The built in microphone is what picks up the sounds made by your acoustic guitar.

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            If using the tuner with an electric guitar you can use the handy in and out jacks built in to the device, to plug your guitar lead into. You could use them to connect to a pedal board if you have one, but if doing that then a better quality tuner would be of more use.

            Better tuners do cost more money and something like the Tu2 or Tu3, Boss chromatic tuner, which works very well indeed would suit a more experienced user with a pedal board. This would set you back around £55 to £65 so is not really a product I would advise a beginner to go for as its not cheap to buy.

            There are other slightly more helpful chromatic tuners on the market, which sell for around the £20 to £25 mark which offer more than this basic tuner does. They are easier to use and offer greater accuracy.

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            I did use the Qwik Tune QT8 Automatic Guitar and Bass Tuner for a while, but have been using the built in tuner on my Zoom effects pedal these days as it offers much greater accuracy, even though its an add on to the Zoom G2.

            I think that tuning by ear will give better results than this cheapie tuner once you get a feel for how each note should sound when in tune. Obviously this can be hard to master for a new player, so this tuner can be of some small help for newer users.

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            I do feel that its a fault of the device that there are no options for alternative tuning, as many guitarists do experiment with their guitar tuning, so that they can play different styles of music.

            Many modern day metal bands use heavily dropped tuning in their music, so this tuner would not be of great help, if you want to emulate their sound. In this case once again a better quality chromatic tuner will be of more use to you.

            The tuner is a basic one that can be useful, but as with most guitar products you do get what you pay for. I have found that the automatic note selection facility can play up some times, if you play a note too hard.

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            Whilst the tuner has its faults it does offer you some basic assistance during your first few months of guitar owning/ playing.

            Features of this tuner:
            In and Out Jacks
            Built in Microphone for use with Acoustic Guitars
            LCD Meter
            Automatic Note Selection
            Can be used with Acoustic, Electric & Bass Guitars
            Battery Powered

            I would rate this tuner as a 2 to 3 star product. Its quite basic, though it can work well at times.

            With a little more initial outlay you could get yourself a much better tuner right from the start, but if this is being thrown in as a freebie within a starter pack then I see no reason to turn it down.

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            11.06.2010 17:15

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            Not bad for a tenner

            I had this tuner free with an electric guitar set and I must say, for a beginner it has everything you need. Wether you play electric or acoustic, guitar or bass you are catered for. There is one input socket and one output socket so either instrument can be tuned through an amplifier or just on it's own. It caters for acoustic instruments as it has a built in microphone which is very responsive, meaning that you don't have to hold the instrument too close to the tuner. In all honesty I didn't find this tuner too good as I would tune to what it said was an E for example, then after turning it off then on again it would tell me I was out of tune. Also, it isn't chromatic so it's no good for if you drop tune. Only if you want to tune to standard EADGBe. Overall though for £10 it's not that bad.

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            06.03.2010 08:44
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            A cheap straight-forward tuner for non critical uses on a budget.

            My review of the QwikTune QT8
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            Introduction
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            When I first started playing guitar as a child there was a certain reverence and awe that we beginners experienced in the presence of someone who could actually tune the instrument. Battery powered tuning devices were rare and expensive and often we had to resort to the evil pan pipes... sorry pitch pipes of doom. Pitch pipes had all the pitch accuracy of your common or garden variety of modern pop star without the kindly retuning of errant notes by a sympathetic recording studio engineer!!

            Time moved on and the prices of guitar tuners dropped, and more models and variations than you could shake a tuning fork at popped up on the market. Now guitarists are spoilt for choice. There are; floor based footpedal tuners, tuners built into guitars, tuners built into multi fx pedals, tuners that clip on to the headstocks of acoustic and electro acoustic instruments, tuners built into standalone digital studios, tuners built into PC sequencers, there's even a tuning app for the iPhone so they tell me... Just the other day I saw a polyphonic tuner that can discern pitch inaccuracies in any of the 6 strings even if you strum all the strings simultaneously. Amazing stuff!! All guitar tuners are not equal some are cheap some are good - occasionally some are both... But what of the QwikTune QT8?


            A Little Background (In C#m)
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            I first happened upon the QwikTune brand when I was working in a guitar shop many moons ago (or at least the very late 1990's). We had some really naff (in my opinion) little plastic guitar tuners in the shop that looked like a smaller cut down version of the QwikTune QT8 tuner but without the jack lead input and output.

            The mics built into the cheapo QuickTunes were pretty insensitive and unless you tuned in absolute silence and hit the guitar string with the weight of a politicians expenses claim - you really weren't going to get very good results.

            If there was even a hint of background noise you found yourself tuning to pitch using only the Jedi Force in a Luke Skywalker Zen kind of way...

            You might ask yourself; If a tree falls down in the forest and there's no-one there to hear it would it make a sound? But in the case of the cheap smaller brother to the QwikTune QT8 you may as well ask; if a tree falls down in the forest would it make enough noise for the cheapo QuickTune to register it's pitch??? ...to which the answer is; only if it was a bloody great big one like a giant Redwood!!

            I recommended to the shop owner that we gave the cheapo tuners away to customers as there was no way I was going to suggest anyone in their right mind pay actual money for one -lol! Fortunately my suggestion was heeded.


            Enter The QwikTune QT8
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            So much for the small crappy brother of the QwikTune QT8 what about the genuine article? Well given the enormous choice of tuners available the QT8 doesn't seem to stand out either in design or features. It certainly is hugely better than the cheapo mini version though.

            The built in QT8's mic is a lot more sensitive (than the cheapo QuickTune I described earlier) and works well though not spectacularly. The LCD display is adequate and works fine in normal indoor light conditions...

            ...(though it's no good on a dark stage or in bright sunlight -so gigging musicians or guitarists playing outdoor festivals may not be impressed. Many tuners suffer with display weaknesses under adverse conditions so it would be unfair to single out the QT8 especially in this respect).

            The QT8 is an autotuner which means that it automatically detects when you are near any of the expected guitar string pitches (E,A,D,G,or B). As soon as a string comes into range - for instance if you are tuning up the 5th A string and you get close to the correct pitch - the (LCD) needle will register the note as flat (left of the display).

            As you get closer to the pitch the needle will move ever nearer to the central position (marked as '0'). If you accidentally. overshoot the pitch the needle moves right (sharp) to alert you.

            When you get the pitch just right (on the A pitch in this example) the needle points directly at the '0'.

            Autotuning mode (which is built into the QT8 and many other modern tuners) makes for easy hands free operation - which is very convenient when you have a plectrum in one hand and are turning a machine head with the other hand.

            The QT8's display certainly updates to reflect the changes in pitches adequately quickly - though there are more responsive tuners available (tuners that don't update their display quickly are a nightmare to use and are much more useful for testing hammers with -lol!).

            When tuning an electric guitar or an electro-acoustic guitar you can plug it directly into the QwikTune QT8 via the jack input socket -thus bypassing the internal mic. There is also an output socket so you can leave the QT8 tuner 'in-line' (in between your guitar and amplifier in order to make tuning adjustments quickly without the need for unplugging during a performances).

            The QwikTune QT8 is powered by a 9v battery which will last for months of accassional or quick use.


            My opinion of the QT8
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            Build quality of the QT8 is reasonable. In fact everything about this tuner is reasonable or average -the display, the ease of tuning, the accuracy. It's a decent piece of kit but is easily eclipsed by almost any more expensive tuner...

            But I suppose that's the whole point isn't it? The QT8 is quite an old design (relatively) and can be picked up new for under £15... or probably a fraction of that 2nd hand. I wouldn't recommend it to a pro or even a semi pro player, but if you just play for a hobby and you're on a budget; this most average of tuners will probably be all you need.

            Just one final note -if you harbour any dreams of future ventures into open or obscure tunings -or perhaps doing a 'Hendrix' and stepping all your strings down a semitone -then the QT8 isn't the tuner for you; you'll need a chromatic tuner to cope with all the sharps and flats.

            I confess I didn't buy myself a QT8 -it was given to me, and it isn't a tuner I would ever consider using for anything important... but for a quick tuning check around the house it does the job nicely...


            Thank you so much for reading my review!

            Best wishes,
            Caveat Emptor x

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