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D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner

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All the features of the NS Mini, and more, but in an even smaller size.

The NS Micro offers improved accuracy, faster response, expanded calibration range, visual metronome mode and an improved ratchet design. A highly sensitive piezo transducer and easy-to-read multi-color backlit display allow smooth and highly accurate tuning in noisy, dim or well-lit environments while the micro design and reversible screen allow the tuner to hide effortlessly behind or mount on the front side of the headstock allowing the tuner to remain clamped to the instrument inside most cases when stored. A 360-degree swivel mechanism and adjustable padded clamp offer optimal viewing angles and maximum positioning flexibility. As a result, the NS Micro is equally at home on left- and right-handed instruments as well as on small and large headstocks, making it an ideal choice for the widest variety of players and instruments. The NS Micro is powered by a readily available CR2032 battery (included) and provides maximum battery life utilizing an auto-off function, shutting the tuner off automatically after several minutes from power up.

FEATURES
Built-in piezo transducer picks up instrument's vibration rather than sound
Improved software for faster response and improved accuracy
Tri-color reversible backlit LCD screen makes it easy to tune in dark environments while allowing mounting in front or behind headstock
Wide calibration range (410Hz to 480Hz) and visual metronome
Compact design blends into the aesthetics of instrument while adding considerably less weight than other headstock tuners
Tunes acoustic and electric guitars, basses, mandolins, banjos and other stringed instruments
Designed by Ned Steinberger
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D'Addario Planet WavesNS Micro Headstock Tuner
 
4.3

(based on 344 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (219)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (73)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (16)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (277)
  • Functional (248)
  • Good quality (218)
  • Improves sound (57)
  • Small (8)

Cons

  • Not functional (15)
  • Poor quality (15)
  • Difficult to use (12)
  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (180)
  • Concerts (123)
  • Back-up (71)
  • Anytime (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (199), Professional musician (82), Novice (31)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice upgrade---now have 4

I ordered some more PlanetWaves headstock tuners and these came instead---they're apparently newer/updated models. Still compact, unobtrusive and accurate. The compact design might limit visibility with some placements but it...Read complete review

I ordered some more PlanetWaves headstock tuners and these came instead---they're apparently newer/updated models. Still compact, unobtrusive and accurate. The compact design might limit visibility with some placements but it surely contributes to keeping the unit out of harm's way and accidental damage. Small enough to leave on you axe when you put it to bed in its case. They work just as well as the original version with theses added/updated features: (1) Metronome (visual) function, (2)Display "flip" function (useful!), and (3) an easier to use clamp/clip. The battery compartment is, however, more difficult to open than the original version---you may need a pair of needle-nose pliers to apply the proper amount of squeeze and pull to release the battery holder. The good news is that I've been using my original ones daily, for months, and have yet to replace the battery.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nosey little thing

This is the first tuner if this type I've used and it works great in the home or where ever there isn't much ambient noise, but it's definitely not a good stage tuner. It...Read complete review

This is the first tuner if this type I've used and it works great in the home or where ever there isn't much ambient noise, but it's definitely not a good stage tuner. It picks up every noise on stage, which makes for a difficult time trying to retune during a performance. I found myself having to wait for a quiet moment then hurriedly tuning whichever string was out. For home use, it works well, just not on stage.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very well conceived tuner

By Jim

from Madison, WI

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

      Does what it claims to do. I've been using a Snark SN8B and I've been happy with the tuning performance of it. But I've also broken a few as they are a bit gangly and tend to be in harm's way the way they stick out of the headstock. The NS Micro Headstock Tuner's tuning performance is completely comparable to the Snark's, but is much more compact. I've been using it on a Martin 000-15m and a Fender Blacktop Jaguar, and it blends into the headstock on both of these very nicely. The clamp is tight and confidence-inspiring. And there's no need to remove it when placing the guitar in a hard case (as the Snark requires). It's completely tucked in, and out of harm's way. I highly recommend this tuner.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice upgrade---now have 4

      By Paj

      from Suburban Philly

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Upgraded Features

      Cons

      • Battery Change Tougher

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Dedicated Instruments
      • Practicing

      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

      I ordered some more PlanetWaves headstock tuners and these came instead---they're apparently newer/updated models. Still compact, unobtrusive and accurate. The compact design might limit visibility with some placements but it surely contributes to keeping the unit out of harm's way and accidental damage. Small enough to leave on you axe when you put it to bed in its case. They work just as well as the original version with theses added/updated features: (1) Metronome (visual) function, (2)Display "flip" function (useful!), and (3) an easier to use clamp/clip. The battery compartment is, however, more difficult to open than the original version---you may need a pair of needle-nose pliers to apply the proper amount of squeeze and pull to release the battery holder. The good news is that I've been using my original ones daily, for months, and have yet to replace the battery.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is the one you are looking for...!

      By Slug

      from Gainesville, Georgia

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      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

      As a novice, I sat with a professional and introduced my new 'micro' tuner. Nothing but praise to
      include price, quality, and user-friendly functionality.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this tuner

      By Joe

      from Glenside PA

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

          I love this tuner, I have one for each of the guitars I play often. I just leave it clipped on the headstock. It's small enough to leave there all the time and doesn't interfere with the case. It has a little slower response time than a Snark, but is faster than other tuners I've used. People rarely notice it's on the guitar. It even works well with my 12 strings. Best of all they clip on my Ovations with no trouble.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          My favorite

          By Haywire

          from Lubbock, Texas

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • almost invisible
          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Fragile

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

          A while back this was the stupid deal of the day and I bought 3 of them.Gave one to my lead guitar player,(he loves it), dropped one and it quit working. Still have the other. I love it.Just figure I have to treat it gently.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Can't beat it for the cost!

          By Pope John

          from Orlando, FL

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts

            Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

            Perfect fit on my telecaster and Danelectro and other guitars with little room on the the head stock. Work well with both acoustic and solid body electrics. Tuning is right on when compared to other tuning devices, including a tuning fork. Also dirt cheap (cost wise that is).

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent tool!

            By GrungeFreak

            from Thornville, Ohio

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Speed Of Tuning

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

                I am a left-handed guitar player, and tuners that clip on are usually like everything else in the guitar world, geared toward righty's. But this tuner is flexible, is solid, tuning is a breeze with it. It is small enough that I leave it clipped on my Taylor DN4e, so i'll be getting a few more for the old Guild D-40 and others.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                NS Micro Headstock Tuner

                By banjoman

                from Santa Barbara, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

                    I've been using the Snark Basic Tuner for a couple of years now. It works fine, but I've never liked how it (or any other tuner I've used), looks on the headstock of my guitar. Guitar headstocks are beautiful, and I've never liked the "spider-like" piece of plastic sticking up from it.

                    The micro tuner solves that problem. It's so small, you can barely see it on the headstock. You can even mount in on the underside of the headstock so it's virtually invisible. If you mount it that way, you can press a button on the tuner that "flips" the screen so the letters appear right-side-up.

                    Best of all, the tuner is quite accurate. It uses a "traffic light" system of lights. If you're way out of tune (sharp or flat), the tuner gives you a red letter. Getting closer? You get a yellow letter. On the money? The letter turns green and you're good to go.

                    It works even when playing in loud venues where there is a lot of competing noise. I'd highly recommend this little gem to any guitar, banjo, or mandolin player who's looking to downsize their tuner

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Second Imperssion Much Better

                    By sam

                    from Baja California

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Second Impression Much Be

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

                        Micro did not register when I ordered this but it did when I saw it. On first appearance I thought it was a waste of money. I am older, the eyes are not what they used and be and biger is usually best. However upon clipping to headstock I was very impressed. It quickly became my favorite tuner and I have a few.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        I've bought more, they're that good

                        By PHutch

                        from North of Chicago

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • In Song Tuning
                          • Performance

                          Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

                          I've bought four pairs now (eight in all) because they work better than the others I own, sensitive enough to do the low E on my old Jazz Bass as well as the high G on my solid body twelve string. This is a very good tuner.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Good Tuner for the Price

                          By Stonehouse Studio

                          from Yachats,OR

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                          Pros

                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

                              Micro is the key word here.The display is small so that may be a problem for some. It stays on the headstock,fits in the case,so I won't lose it, did I mention how small it is?Works as advertised and I haven't had it long enough to evaluate the battery life.For the money I don't think you can go wrong.

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Better than NS mini tuner

                              By Vegimike

                              from Bend, OR

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Functional
                              • Good Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

                                  I have the older NS Mini tuner and compared the NS Micro tuner side by side on the same guitar. The NS Mini tuner display is a little larger but everything else is better on the NS Micro. The on/off switch is larger and easier to use. The display is three color so it goes from red when the note is significantly sharp or flat then turns orange as the note is close to being in tune and then green when it is very close or right on. The NS Mini tuner display has only 2 colors (red and green) so it would turn green when the note was close to being in tune. The attachment clip is also improved. I like having the ability to reverse the display. I have not used the metronome feature. The low E note is easier to tune on the NS Micro and it is a little faster keying on the note so tuning is faster.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Nifty little piece of gear

                                  By Krinkle442

                                  from Ohio

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Functional
                                  • Good Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Concerts
                                    • Practicing

                                    Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

                                    I bought this to use with my Paul Reed Smith acoustic. When I pulled it out of the box, I was kind of shocked to see just how "micro" this micro tuner was. It's REALLY tiny. It makes for "stealth" operation - it hides behind the headstock and is practically invisible to observers.
                                    That being said, it is a very accurate tuner... and with the push of a button, it turns into a metronome, which is handy for practice or live applications.
                                    For the price, it's a great piece of gear.

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    NICE, compact enough to leave on guitar full time

                                    By Jim

                                    from Kalamazoo, MI

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Functional
                                    • Good Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Backup
                                      • Concerts
                                      • Practicing

                                      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

                                      I have several Snarks, but this tuner is compact enough to just leave it on my Gretsch full time, even when it's in the case. Bright too, and even seems to be more precise than the Snarks

                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      A Great, Tiny Tuner (if that makes sense!)

                                      By Greg

                                      from Harwich, MA

                                      About Me Professional Musician

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Functional
                                      • Good Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Backup
                                        • Concerts
                                        • Practicing

                                        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

                                        This thing is amazing compact, both because the body of the tuner itself is so small, and because there isn't the typical spring-loaded clip (they also make a version that has such a clip, in case you need it). I was skeptical as to whether the clip on this one would would very well, but I've tried the tuner on a variety of headstocks (Strats, Teles, and various Gibson headstocks), and I can find a good place for the tuner on all of them. The fact that you can flip the display by pressing a button dramatically increases the versatility in terms of placement possibilities. The display, despite the small size, is easy to read, and the tuning action is quite stable and seems to lock onto notes with ease, unlike the Korg clip-on I'd been using. I like this tuner so much that I just bought a second one.

                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        I recommend this product.

                                        By Joehawk

                                        from New York

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Practicing

                                          Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

                                          This product does what it says, great idea I'm satisfy with it intend to buy another one.

                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          great tuner

                                          By Mike

                                          from Huntington WV

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                                          Comments about NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

                                          this is the best mini tuner I have ever seen it works on both my electric and acoustic guitars

                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          good gear

                                          By Carl

                                          from undisclosed

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                                          Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

                                          Wow, great product and free shipping....THANKS!

                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          What a remarkable little device.

                                          By Don

                                          from Riverside countycounty, California

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                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Functional
                                          • Good Quality

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Backup
                                            • Concerts
                                            • Practicing

                                            Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

                                            I first saw this tuner on my nephews guitar and I said , " I have to have one of these". So I naught one and tried it out and I was impressed. So much so that I bought one for everyone of my guitars. I even bought one for my 10 year old grandson and in no time he learned the name of the strings and was tuning his own starter guitar. It boosted his conference and made him practice longer.

                                            On my classical guitar with those nylon strings that are always stretching, it keeps it in perfect tune. Without anyone noticing that I'm tuning as I play.

                                            The automatic shutoff feature is great. It saves my battery and reduces the distraction. In case size does matter and this one is perfect.

                                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Great little tuner

                                            By NautiPaul

                                            from Raleigh, NC

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                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Functional
                                            • Good Quality

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Headstock Tuner:

                                                Great little tuner... very accurate

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