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Old 03-02-2013, 11:12 AM
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Default Snark VS Planet Waves ns mini headstock tuner

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I've happy with Snark's for a while. But I saw somebody using one a Planet Waves ns mini headstock tuner and thought it was nice and hidden and compact.
http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Waves-P...ductPromotions

Something about a big piece of plastic sticking off the head stock of yer nice guitar seems weird to me.

Anybody know if these are better or worse than a Snark?
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:30 AM
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Hi, Sorry if there's 1000 thread on this...

I've happy with Snark's for a while. But I saw somebody using one a Planet Waves ns mini headstock tuner and thought it was nice and hidden and compact.
http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Waves-P...ductPromotions

Something about a big piece of plastic sticking off the head stock of yer nice guitar seems weird to me.

Anybody know if these are better or worse than a Snark?
Hi lp...

Have you tried flipping your Snark upside down. It conceals it nicely under the headstock, rotates to right-side-up for the player. Mostly out of sight of the audience. They make a black version for a couple bucks more and that would perhaps conceal it even better.

Same amount of clip on the top of the headstock as the Peterson. My 64 yr old eyes respond better to the Snark than the Peterson - especially on dark stages.




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I have owned both and much prefer the NS mini headstock tuner. It is just as accurate as the snark and picks up notes just as easy. When I was using the snark I would clip it as suggested above, but the NS mini is still significantly smaller and much more low profile.
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I have owned both and much prefer the NS mini headstock tuner. It is just as accurate as the snark and picks up notes just as easy. When I was using the snark I would clip it as suggested above, but the NS mini is still significantly smaller and much more low profile.
Hi Pp...

You must have younger and better eyes than me. At my age (64) I like bright and BIG.


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You must have younger and better eyes than me. At my age (64) I like bright and BIG.


You most certainly called that You are more than twice my age so that makes since. I prefer the NS mini, but would have been perfectly happy with the snark had I not destroyed mine on accident.
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65 year-old here...I've Snark, Intellitouch PT 10, and the Planet Waves NS Mini headstock tuners, when performing I always use the Mini, around the house or jamming I usually grab a Snark or Intellitouch (probably because I only have one Mini and multiples of the others.) I actually prefer the Intellitouch PT 10 over the Snark, I think it's easier to read. When I use a Snark or Intellitouch PT 10 I mount it behind the headstock so I can see it and it isn't as obvious from the front. I've got Black Snarks and the Intellitouch is black but I still prefer the Mini. (Oh my, haven't I come a long way from the single 440 tuning fork I used for decades!)
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You most certainly called that You are more than twice my age so that makes since. I prefer the NS mini, but would have been perfectly happy with the snark had I not destroyed mine on accident.
Hi Pp...

It's a great day to want a really decent clip on tuner at a reasonable price. There are tons of great choices 'out there'. I watch a Nasville based acoustic driven show weekly, and it's interesting how many different clip ons roll through the show (even by the house musicians).

By the quality of music they produce, and the fact they play in tune, I'm concluding there are great choices available which all get the job done.

Heck some are so cheap, and come in such a variety of colors we could feature them as fashion accessories to our clothing choices!


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Hi LP79,

I have one of those Planet Waves mini headstock tuners. I also own a Snark SN8, a Peterson Stroboclip, and a few others. To me, they are all about the same except for the Stroboclip, which is more accurate than any of the others but harder to use.

I don't use the tiny Planet Waves headstock tuner very much. It's hard to get onto some of my guitars, it's hard to see things on the tuner. I am always pushing the wrong button, but then my eyesight is not as good as it was 20 years ago. It's OK; it wasn't very much money. I bought it on some special deal at Strings & Beyond.

Larry's comment and photo of using the tuner on the back side of the headstock is something I have been doing for quite a while now. I have gotten used to the look of a tuner on the headstock. In the beginning, I thought it looked awful. But plenty of other people think it looks bad even if I no longer mind the look, so I have been putting the tuner on the back side. The clip still obscures part of the headstock logo if someone is trying to figure out what guitar you are playing, but otherwise, I think using it on the back side of the headstock looks less intrusive on the guitar.

The Planet Waves mini headstock tuner works well on something like a strat or telecaster, but as I noted, it doesn't like going onto some acoustic headstocks at all. If the look of a clip-on tuner bothers a person, for the cost it's worth trying to see if it works for you. The good part about it is that it looks much less intrusive clipped on the guitar.

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I like my Snark because I can place it on the front of the guitar headstock and I can see it much better.
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I have owned both and much prefer the NS mini headstock tuner. It is just as accurate as the snark and picks up notes just as easy. When I was using the snark I would clip it as suggested above, but the NS mini is still significantly smaller and much more low profile.
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Hi LP79,

I have one of those Planet Waves mini headstock tuners. I also own a Snark SN8...
I have and use both - I generally leave the Snark at home to avoide breakage, I already broke one! I use the NS when I play at church so i can clip my capo on to of the headstock, and I put the tuner down lower under the 6th string tuner. In terms of function they are both quite accurate.
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Interesting to see how different people approach using these tuners. I use and am very much happy with my Snark, and it never even occurred to me to position the Snark on the front of the headstock -- of course you want to minimize the visual clutter on the guitar, so all that people see on my guitar is the little tiny plastic part of the clamp-on bracket. And i know that some think it looks tacky to see any kind of attachment on the guitar, but it doesnt bother me in the least. So yeah, as Larry said, just put it on so that the timer is behind the headstock -- and for me it's absolutely visible and positionable like I need it to be.

So many choices these days for headstock tuners!
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