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My New Little Fender Tuner

Updated on August 29, 2015

Clip on Tuner

My First Clip On Guitar Tuner

I went to the music store to find a clip on tuner. I checked out several tuners and found they have other features I really do not need. I just need a simple guitar tuner, not a metronome with it. I took the Fender Ft-004 out of the box and clip it on the headstock of a guitar. I like that it was very easy to clip on. I particularly like that it is light and small. I have one that is much larger an old box one that is about 4 inches long this new clip on is only about 1 inch wide by 1 and 3/4 inches high.

I like that it only has one button to push and the screen lights up. There are 5 settings I push the same button until it reads G for guitar. The blue screen is lit and I am ready to tune. I start with my 6th string by picking the string and when the screen turns green that string is in tune. Then all I have to do is repeat the process for the rest of the strings. Some things are so much better than the old tuners. I remember all of them this is a great improvement over the years. Modern is much better. It only takes most times only a minute to tune. The Tuner was made in China for the Fender Company and can be bought on line or at your local music store. The price is very reasonable I think I paid about $9.00.

Every beginner will need a tuner to start to play the guitar. In the old days kids use to break a lot of guitar strings. This is some of the good things about the improvements in guitar tuning. In the 1960s people had to tune the guitar string to string, tuning at the fifth fret. The third string is at the fourth fret and tunes the B string. Another way was the pitch pipe, and the tuning fork that was hard to hear. If you had a piano in your house you could use it, if you were sure it was in tune.

In conclusion, I would say the Fender FT-004 , is a great little tuner that works good and seems very accurate. I would recommend this to anyone. The photos I took are of my Fender Clip On Tuner.

Guitar Tuners

A Fender Tuner can start out the new student the correct way and improve the ear. Students need to listen to each string carefully so they can distinguish each tone. This will help them when the time comes for playing by ear. If you start out wrong it is hard to backtrack and do it right.

1 Make sure the tuner has a fresh battery. The tuner will take a CR2016, 3 Volt lithium battery.

2 Push the button below the screen, push on and off till a G comes on the screen

3 Use your thumb and index finger to squeeze the clip and clip on to the guitar headstock.

4. Tune your guitar starting with the 6 E string, the one closet to you.

5 When the screen turns green and reads E you are in tune. When the screen turns green and the screen has A on it the string is in tune. Do the same thing for the D 4th string, the G 3rd string, B 2nd string and E for the first string.

6 Hold the button down until the screen goes off, your guitar is in tune.

I like that the Fender tuner can be used in a dark and noisy environment . Stages are no longer a problem trying to tune. I honestly use to hate when someone keeps talking while you are trying to get in tune.

I don't know what the seniors class would do without their tuner. I believe a lot of the senior citizens have bad hearing, and the light on that screen is probably the only way they could keep their guitar in tune. They do a great job. I know my husband is hard of hearing but the tuner keeps his banjo in tune. You can tune a guitar, banjo, violin, or ukulele with this tuner.

Update Aug.29, 2015 My Guitar tuner is 3 years old and working great. Two months ago I had to change the battery and it is still just as good as when I bought it.

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    amazmerizing 3 years ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

    ha... read the whole thing wondering what the very last sentence told me... great article here!

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    stella vadakin 3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    You are welcome. This tuner is the easy way to go, and one of the first things taught is how to tune the guitar. If you do not do this first kids will break a lot of strings. As time goes on most kids will be able to string to string tune.

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    Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

    Very interesting and informative. I though all guitars were tuned by turning the knobs at the top of the guitar. This type of tuner sounds so easy and yes, if you don't have an ear for tuning, this would be great. Thanks so much for sharing this with all guitar pickers and the rest of us too.