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Unread 06-12-2010, 10:44 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Re: Using a Tuner in your effects loop?

Funny thing, I started playing guitar again after 25 years of abstinence. I was really surprised that nowadays nothing seems to work without effects...
Same with tuners. I'm proud to be still able to tune my guitar without tuner, just by ears, that was the normal way long ago. On old recordings you often hear the guys tuning their guitars between songs (Hendrix, Blackmore..) So I'm still a bit suspicious about all those things. My son (metal fan) doesn't seem to be able to tune his guitar without tuner...
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Unread 06-13-2010, 08:44 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Re: Using a Tuner in your effects loop?

Same with me PRS, I can usually get it at least close enough for jamming by ear, but the tuner is nice to get it spot on
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Unread 06-13-2010, 08:55 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Re: Using a Tuner in your effects loop?

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Funny thing, I started playing guitar again after 25 years of abstinence. I was really surprised that nowadays nothing seems to work without effects...
Same with tuners. I'm proud to be still able to tune my guitar without tuner, just by ears, that was the normal way long ago. On old recordings you often hear the guys tuning their guitars between songs (Hendrix, Blackmore..) So I'm still a bit suspicious about all those things. My son (metal fan) doesn't seem to be able to tune his guitar without tuner...
Cheers
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A tuner is a convenient (often necessary) tool. Even though I can easily tune a guitar by ear, I still need a reference. For years in my early playing, I had a tuning fork....bang it on your knee, hold it up to the pickup, and tune the A string, then tune the other 5 strings relative to that. Without the tuning fork, I could get all 6 strings in tune relative to each other, but they would all be off from concert pitch.

Another reason for a tuner is for tuning silently. You can't tune by ear if it's not appropriate for your tuning to be heard, it's unprofessional. After a couple songs, I always hit my tuner pedal and check to see if I'm still in. Sometimes minor tweaks are necessary.

But keeping on topic....the tuner doesn't belong in the effects loop, unless you the amp is set for "clean".
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Unread 06-13-2010, 09:16 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Why do you want the tuner in the loop? I can almost guarantee it'll work better in front of the amp. You're better off sending the tuner a pure undistorted signal straight from the guitar.
So true.. I put my Korg PitchBlack in my loop and thought it wasn't very accurate. I thought I wasted 90 bucks until I put it in front of my amp and it made all the difference in the world.
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Re: Using a Tuner in your effects loop?

Since I'm running rack rigs right now I use a rack tuner. I go from the guitar first into the rack tuner then from the tuner to the preamp/effects processor. I like to be able to look over in the dark at a show and check my tuning. I like to use a single button footswitch running out of the tuner to switch on the tuners mute for switching guitars,etc.
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