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Oct 7, 2022 - 8:15 AM
843 posts since 1/21/2004

I lost one of my electronic tuner that was great for reading in sunny locations.

I went to Amazon for a replacement tuner and all that I saw were LED tuners.  I have a couple of LED tuners, but I have difficulty reading them in the bright sun.  I've had a couple of outdoor gigs lately and getting in tune has been an issue for me.

Can you recommend a digital tuner that is easy to read in bright sunlight?

 

TIA

 

Heavythumb

Oct 7, 2022 - 5:05:55 PM

1225 posts since 1/26/2011

I have a TC Electronic Unitune that does pretty well in the sun. They’re available at Amazon, so you could try it and then easily return it if it didn’t work well for you.

Oct 7, 2022 - 9:03:15 PM
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178 posts since 12/27/2019

I use a cardboard tube from an empty toilet paper roll, providing a snug slip fit over a round-faced snark tuner. The cardboard tube provides adequate shade in bright sunlight to read the tuner clearly. It's kindof crappy looking (no pun intended ;>) -- gets the job done. The basic idea could be embellished to suit your preferences.

Oct 7, 2022 - 11:16:27 PM

2158 posts since 11/17/2018

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Originally posted by Silver_Falls

I use a cardboard tube from an empty toilet paper roll, providing a snug slip fit over a round-faced snark tuner. The cardboard tube provides adequate shade in bright sunlight to read the tuner clearly. It's kindof crappy looking (no pun intended ;>) -- gets the job done. The basic idea could be embellished to suit your preferences.


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Oct 8, 2022 - 7:48:28 AM
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northn

USA

46 posts since 1/2/2008

There's a miniature tuner available only about an inch long. Put it on the back of the headstock and it's out of the sun. Costs less than $20 on Amazon.

Oct 8, 2022 - 8:23:11 AM
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carlb

USA

2430 posts since 12/16/2007

I like the tuners that turn to green when the string is in tune.

Oct 8, 2022 - 1:05:49 PM

Owen

Canada

11896 posts since 6/5/2011

... just went out in bright sunshine to test 'er out ..... my APEX AT9M tuner performs admirably. https://www.long-mcquade.com/12278/Guitars/Tuners/Apex-Electronics/Chromatic-Clip-on-Tuner-Metronome.htm

Oct 8, 2022 - 4:37:33 PM
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2976 posts since 4/5/2006

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Originally posted by northn

There's a miniature tuner available only about an inch long. Put it on the back of the headstock and it's out of the sun. Costs less than $20 on Amazon.


Sounds like the D'Adarrio Planet Waves NS mini headstock tuners I have on my banjos. LED readout is red, but it turns green as you get close to being in tune. Those who don't know any better, mount them on top of the headstock. Have always mounted mine on the underside, out of sight, to everyone but me. Never had an issue with bright sunlight.

Oct 8, 2022 - 7:10:24 PM
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northn

USA

46 posts since 1/2/2008

Yup, thems the ones. I mount them on the underside, too. They work great and are out of sight.

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