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September 14, 2008

Planet Waves SOS LED Guitar Tuner


From the website:

    Planet Waves SOS Guitar Tuner

    The revolutionary Planet Waves SOS Guitar Tuner pulses two out-of-phase LED light beams directly onto the vibrating string.

    When the string is out of tune, the two lights will visually dance on the string being tuned.

    As you approach in-tune status, the movement slows down and eventually stops when you are perfectly in tune.

    This revolutionary visual tuning system enables precision tuning in silent or noisy environments without the need for audible sound or sensing of any kind.

    • Precisely tune in dark or noisy environments

    • Ergonomic pick-sized design

    • Light-based Tuning


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Actually anonymous, these sorts of tuners are far more precise than standard acoustic tuners. I don't know anything about planet waves, but other companies make killer equipment that can get things farther than my ears or the standard types can.

Beyond that, I'm a big believer in tuning maybe the first and last string with electronics and the rest through overtones. It is a decent compromise. You know your instrument is in tune with the real world, and you know it is in tune with itself.

Posted by: clifyt | Sep 15, 2008 9:02:54 AM

What a complete waste of time! Having to hold a device with an LED at a precise angle AND having to tune the instrument adds steps to the previous simple equation of sound tuning, which is far better and quicker. We're thinking this Planet Waves isn't known for their fine instruments or electronic devices either; we always see their stuff in the bargain bins at most stores, greenhorn... "Wow Mommy, the lights dance when the string is in tune..."

Whoever thinks this is some wonderful device is an utter fool and likely couldn't play an instrument to begin with.


Posted by: | Sep 14, 2008 11:18:02 PM

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