Archive for January 2008

Qwik Tune QT1 Guitar and Bass Tuner

Qwik Tune QT1 Guitar and Bass TunerFor acoustic, electric, or bass guitar.

This auto tuner is designed for use with any acoustic, electric, or bass guitar and features auto note selection, in/out jacks, meter, and LED lights.

Feature:
Pretty basic. Has input and output jacks which is nice for tuning an electric guitar. Auto and manual modes. Switches off after ten seconds of non use which saves battery power. Check Price.

Quality:
Only replaced the battery twice in that time.

Buggy as heck. I’ve seen a few of these things and all they are lousy as attenuating frequencies. The meaning you’re playing a low E that is just a tad flat but it the goes from reading D# to F. Aggravating. It’s share of use, though not for the last five or so. It’s now going belly up, hardly usable, mostly broke. It never took a fall. The Korg took many falls, on the other hand, and spent a winter lost underneath a six inch layer of snow. IT STILL WORKS!

Sound:
It is the quietest tuner.

Ease of Use:
Very straightforward. Automatic mode allows you to tune any string. In manual mode you simply select the string you wish to tune. Displays if the string is in tune or if its under or over the correct frequency using an LCD needle.

Very hard of hearing about reading the frequency of a note

Value:
Perhaps not as feature packed as other models, but for a simple and easy to use tuner may this one is value for money. Check latest price.

Desirability:
Pocket size, you can take it anywhere. Light Weight. Like that can leave it inline between on guitar and amplifier so you can check your guitar between songs. this is worth the price that it’s going for because they last and they are easy to read.

Overall:
This product was the worst tune. The tuning needle jumps all over the place and ends up making your guitar out of tune rather than tuning. The manual setting doesn’t even register half the strings and the auto tuner won’t tell you what string you just strummed or the string it is sounding like. But all it is depend on you.

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Qwik Tune QT11 Guitar Tuner

Qwik Tune QT11 Guitar TunerThe QT11 from Qwik Tune has all the basic essentials you need in a portable guitar or bass tuner. The “electric pitchpipe” plays the note for you, or you can tune each individual string, while the display tells you which string you are tuning and whether you are flat or sharp. The built-in mic is highly sensitive, and the speedy metering will get you tuned quickly and easily. Batteries included. Check price.

Feature:
The product came with batteries which was nice. The most useful feature is the ability to plug an electric guitar directly into it which by-passes the built in mic allowing tuning to be performed even in the most noising environments, and you don’t need an amp or any other power source to do this.

The built in Mic is also very handy for acoustic guitars. The least useful feature of the QT-11 I found was the electronic pitch pipe. It sounded too electronic. This tuner tunes your guitar to standard tuning and nothing else. If you want to tune to anything other than that, good luck. It only works for EADBGE tuning. Still could for a lower B string on a 7 string guitar, though. The electronic pitch pipe is somewhat useful.

Quality:
Good hard quality to break. The QT-11 appears to be well made. With its small light compact size it rates the QT-11 suitable for on the road use. The only possible problem what see with the QT-11 is that it does not have a light so it could be used in low light conditions.

Sound:
Have lead to connect to the box of an acoustic guitar. The automatic pitch pipe doesn’t sound like it is real.

This product would be much better if it had an actual recording of each string being played, and an ear phone jack so you could have the option of using a nice pair of head phones to better hear the tone.

Ease of Use:
Sometimes it mistakes a string for another string, even when its well tuned, but its not too bad.

Tuning the top 3 strings is easy as pie, but when you get into the higher pitched strings it can get very aggravating, as the tuner will switch from low E, to G, to B, very quickly so it becomes hard to tune. But if you have a couple of free minutes to work with it, you still get all the strings in tune perfectly.

Value:
This tuner is pretty inexpensive. Other tuners tend to go for a bit higher prices.

Desirability:
The QT-11′s small compact size, price, and features make it one of those must have things.
Should be full black and yellow it would look better than silver. Very cheap, simple, accurate. Check latest price.

Overall:
Good for beginners and students who will use the tuner is a quite setting. Not a tuner for gigs, or ‘open mic night’. overall its an easy simple tuner.

Its ease of use is what sold it for me over other products. Other features would be nice, but for what you get for the price, it is a good value. The thing like most is its ability to plug directly into an electric guitar without needing anything else. May it is needs a better sounding pitch pipe, and a light.

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Electric Guitar Technology

ibanez_gax30.jpgIt is a curious paradox of the music industry: guitars, especially rock guitarists, are often regarded as trends when it comes to fashion and culture, but when it comes to their instruments, they are very conservative. Innovations such as electronic active, guitar and synthesizers Steinberger of the fearless steps in the field of head instruments in the 80 have not been able to make much on the market. Gibson and Fender continue to dominate the market for electric guitar much as they did in 1950 and 60. Even with the entry of new competitors into the market over the years, as Ibanez, Paul Reed Smith and Charvel / Jackson, the electric guitar has remained basically unchanged with one to three magnetic pickups and a mess of wires that connects controls. But things may be about to change!

Over the past couple of years some have arrived over the innovations that have transformed completely common sense – or at least the conventional electronic guitar to the head. The first is the string nylon solid body electric guitar. The first time I saw one of these in the hands of metal as Yngwie Malmsteen and was blown away by the sound. For any artist who is trying to incorporate elements of the classical guitar in his repertoire, this instrument provides the classic soft tone of a nylon string guitar with the traditional feel comfortable and the action of a solid axe.

This has been made possible thanks to the enormous progress made in recent years in the field of technology piezo pickup. Without going into too many technical details, piezoelectric differs from the traditional magnetic collection in which the piezoelectric element vibrates with the chain, sending an electrical signal that the vibrations to a preamplifier within the guitar for processing, rather than capture a representation of the electromagnetic vibrations that can then be sent directly to an amplifier, preamplifier or aboard ships in the event of further configuration of the desired signal.

The piezoelectric eliminates the need for steel chains, which otherwise interact with the magnetic collection, and also produces more satisfactory results for players with a lighter fingerstyle technique. So you think this is just another step in fantasy, Parker has produced a nylon rope version of his famous “Fly” and the other model-and even arrived, Sadowski Guitars, is producing a style Telecaster model employing the same technology.

Another intriguing is the development in the area of guitar-computer interface. This has been a long time coming, and if we take into account the explosion in the popularity of digital recording with Pro Tools and similar software, it is surprising it took as long as it did.

By far the leader in this field is the line 6 Variax model. Now, I will be the first to admit that I know enough about computer technology to be dangerous, but I tell you what I know from what I have read and from my friends and acquaintances who have played the Variax. I should also point out that I am in no way affiliated with the Line 6 or any of its subsidiaries or partners.

The Variax is, in accordance with the line 6 brochure a “digital modeling” that allows the guitar player to switch between a wide variety of possible sounds into an instrument. The sounds of an acoustic 12-string, Fender Stratocaster style single coils, Les Paul humbuckers, banjo, chimes and dozens of others are all available at the flick of a switch. The best part is that all these tonal variations are available for free hum. For the musician of work, this means not having to lug around five to seven guitars, providing him with all the sounds you need.

The real test, however, the hearing is one of these fine instruments in action, so if you want to check one out, a list of authorized distributors is available on the website of Line 6. At a MSRP of about $ 1000 for mid-line Variax 600 – is also available in the 300 and 700 – which is not cheap, but for professionals or amateurs with money to burn, can be a good investment .

There is much more to be developed in the near future with the improvement of computer technology and miniaturization. Whole racks of effects can now be had in a box the size of a pack of cigarettes. This is certainly a blessing for the musician in terms of price and effort necessary to move the team.

I am sure that one day that an entire guitarist rig, with the exception that the instrument itself will be within the body of the guitar itself. And while that may not be a relief for the guitarist who is in his home among its racks of effects processors, the time is not expected, and he finds himself ultimately at a crossroads in the development of musical instruments , both men made in the 1930′s and 40′s when the acoustic guitar was forced to make way for the first electric guitar.


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