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    hiya folks,

    I have an acoustic guitar, washburn d10s black, and I bought this a few months ago. Since this is pretty much a new guitar, it needs a lot of tunings and I don’t have enough experience to tune it by myself or can’t afford to ask my neighbor/friends to do it every time the guitar needs to be tuned.

    I was wondering if I should get a tuner from musiciansfriend or not. And if any of you have recommendations, let me know. Also, I have never used a tuner in my life, so I also need to know how it’s used for standard tuning and so on.

    Thanks guys

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    • #75940

      I agree – getting a tuner is always the best way to go.

      Because of that we’ve put together a detailed guide on Acoustic Guitar Tuners

      We explain the different types of tuners that suit acoustic guitars, and which ones are best to use in a particular situation.

    • #75941

      They’re very easy to use. If the CA30 seems more complex than you need, then the GA40 is the same price, dedicated to guitar and bass (so you’d find its reference notes easier if you wanted them). I noticed a few people on the reviews found the GA30 not so good and it’s only $5 cheaper. However, it does seem that the CA30 and CA40, being designed for all manner of instruments, are more succesfull at identifying guitar string notes.

      In either the CA or GA, all you really need to do is play the string. It should identify it as, say, bottom E and indicate on the LED and LCD needle whether it is sharp or flat. You simply turn the tuning key until it says it’s spot on. The other great advantage is that you can check the instrument’s intonation. Just play the string up the fretboard and see if your F, F#, G etc are all spot on. If not, there may need to be a bridge or truss rod adjustment (best to let a guitar tech do that; not very expensive) and, while you’re at it, have a new set of strings fitted. With a setup guitar, as long as you keep to the same guage when replacing strings, you won’t have to have it done again for a long time.

      A properly set up guitar, kept in true tune, is a delight to play (the D10S is a nice guitar) and should encourage you to keep strumming.

    • #75933

      that first one from the link seems good.
      again, i have no experience with tuner at all… is it difficult to use or is there a certain way to use it for standard tuning

    • #75904

      Yep, as Michael says, chromatic tuners are cheap now and very easy to use (unlike my first tuner 20 years ago that wobbled its needle erratically). A built-in mic is handy for acoustic (they all tend to have one) and consider whether you might want to tune other instruments than just guitar/bass. I’ve linked up a comparison:

      and I think those Korgs look terrific for the money.

    • #74596

      Get a tuner for sure!!! Make sure it is a chromatic one, that way you can train your ear a bit as well. They have really come down in price. You can buy one for about 20 dollars

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