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D'Addario Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner  

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The revolutionary Planet Waves S.O.S. Bass Tuner pulses 2 out-of-phase LED light beams directly onto the vibrating string. When the string is out of ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Strobe-On-String”a new way to tune.

The revolutionary Planet Waves S.O.S. Bass Tuner pulses 2 out-of-phase LED light beams directly onto the vibrating string. When the string is out of tune, the 2 lights will visually dance on the string being tuned. As you approach in-tune status, the movement slows down and eventually stops when you are perfectly in tune. This revolutionary visual tuning system enables precision tuning in silent or noisy environments, without the need for audible sound or sensing of any kind.

FEATURES
  • For 4, 5, or 6-string bass
  • Ergonomic design
  • Light-based tuning
  • Auto-power off
  • CR1620 battery included
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D'Addario Planet WavesS.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just Right!

I bought this tuner for my son who is just learning to play electric bass in the school band. It has been perfect for him! He can tune quickly and get to work,...Read complete review

I bought this tuner for my son who is just learning to play electric bass in the school band. It has been perfect for him! He can tune quickly and get to work, especially when there is lots of noise and commotion. I can teach him to tune by ear at home where its quiet, but that can be stressful for an 11 year old just trying to get started with only 30 minutes of band time.

I've tested it out at home to be sure that it really tunes as it should and it is spot on. 5 stars for a tuner that works in noisy places when you can't depend just on your ears!

I haven't bought one for my gigs, but as quickly as he tunes and as much as he loves his I am about to be persuaded!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not my first choice for a tuner

Pedal and headstock tuners are easier to use and give me more confidence that the string is in tune.
This unit has the two LEDs, a note selection wheel, and a...Read complete review

Pedal and headstock tuners are easier to use and give me more confidence that the string is in tune.
This unit has the two LEDs, a note selection wheel, and a pointed tip to allow it to be used as a pick. The selection wheel is hard to turn so I had to use both hands to move from note to note making tuning with this take much longer than it would with a pedal or headstock tuner that simply senses the note.
LEDs are dim, wheel is hard to turn.
A good headstock tuner can be had for the same price or less, Get one of those.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

shockingly good

By timaaah

from peace river

Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner:

this little guy is accurate enough for you to tune your bass in a matter of seconds, its easy to use and its cheap you can't help but be impressed it doesn't crap out like many other tuners after a week or so it keeps going and going and going and going. if you get the chance buy it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best tuner I've ever had

By mjamps

from Waupaca, WI

Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner:

This tuner is awesome! I've used it on stage with tons of noise around, for acoustic or electric guitar. You don't need to be able to hear anything, and there's no jumpy needle or led's blinking all over a pedal. In the dark, or out in the sun, you just aim it at the 12th fret and get perfect tuning. You do need to have the strings in the right realm- within a step or two. I take this to shows and tune every guitar I have for sale with it in a few minutes.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Coolest!

By Mr. Laff

from CA

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Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner:

Forget plugging your bass into any other tuner, this little baby's got it goin on! Takes a little practice, but this intelligent pick-style strobe tuner can be used between songs, during songs, in the dark, in the light, at rehearsal, at gigs, or if other players are doing their loud thing. I measured the results of this thing and compared it to two other tuners with incredibly accurate results. Get one!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

don't waiste your money

By Big Mark

from Sioux City, Iowa

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Not Accurate
    • Not Functional

    Best Uses

      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner:

      It seems like a great idea, but the truth is, it just does not work. The more conventional units are more accurate and easier to use. Being in tune is a big deal to me. But what do I know? I'm just a bass player.

       
      5.0

      Just Right!

      By KC983

      from Idaho

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner:

        I bought this tuner for my son who is just learning to play electric bass in the school band. It has been perfect for him! He can tune quickly and get to work, especially when there is lots of noise and commotion. I can teach him to tune by ear at home where its quiet, but that can be stressful for an 11 year old just trying to get started with only 30 minutes of band time.

        I've tested it out at home to be sure that it really tunes as it should and it is spot on. 5 stars for a tuner that works in noisy places when you can't depend just on your ears!

        I haven't bought one for my gigs, but as quickly as he tunes and as much as he loves his I am about to be persuaded!

         
        5.0

        Best Little Tuner Around!

        By DigitalMonk

        from Maryland

        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner:

        The Planet Waves Strobe Tuner is a must have for every guitarist's bag O toys. Very easy to use (even in darkness and noisey environments). Talk about durability, I accidentally left it in my jeans pocket and they went into the washer and dryer and when I opened the drier door - there was my little tuner - turned it on, rotated the dial thru a time or two and it still worked great (and still does, a year later - even with the same battery.) The only thing that it really needs (are you listening Planet Waves?) is a small metal loop so you could clip it onto a keychain - then it would be perfect! Get one (or a few!)

         
        5.0

        I love It

        By ilikemusic-5_AHg

        from Billings, MT

        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner:

        It's really good and it works well. I thought it would be hard to tell how the lights were blinking but they just look like they kinda swirl around. i used to just tune by ear because I don't like normal tuners but this one takes 1/3 as much time,and it tunes really accurately. You could tune a few strings between songs. You should probably get it if you don't really have timeto use a regular tuner or you tune frequently. But it's tiny so don't lose it.

         
        2.0

        Not my first choice for a tuner

        By Robert A Gold

        from washington dc

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        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner:

        Pedal and headstock tuners are easier to use and give me more confidence that the string is in tune.
        This unit has the two LEDs, a note selection wheel, and a pointed tip to allow it to be used as a pick. The selection wheel is hard to turn so I had to use both hands to move from note to note making tuning with this take much longer than it would with a pedal or headstock tuner that simply senses the note.
        LEDs are dim, wheel is hard to turn.
        A good headstock tuner can be had for the same price or less, Get one of those.

         
        5.0

        Never stop making this

        By Ruark

        from South

        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner:

        This was the only tuner that would work in the setting I needed it to?wind ensemble. I played upright string bass in a university wind ensemble. The winds would be so loud warming up this is the only thing I could use to tune with. I tried many different tuners even with clip on pick ups with no luck. I play guitar and had seen this a couple years before I played string bass and thought what a joke and a gimmick. For bass this thing is perfect. Nothing is better. Now I also use the bass version to tune my acoustic guitar, and that's a different story. It works fine on the lower strings, but on the high thin strings of a guitar you have to really watch it closely. It still works on these higher strings. I use it all the time for them, but if all the strings were as thin as the high ones it would be a bust. All and all this thing is awesome and ever thing player including guitarist should have one! Don't be a cheapskate buy one and give it a little time. You'll love it too.

         
        5.0

        Nice tuner

        By rckstrdave

        from Oregon!

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        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner:

        I love this tuner, it has replaced my pedal tuner for my live rig. The LED/strobe method is quick and easy with a little practice. I hope S.O.S. releases a bigger version with more options, as I would rather pay a healthy amount for one really nice, palm sized LED tuner, rather than buy a bunch cheap, really small, limited LED tuners.
        The main idea behind this tuner works: small, easy to use, very accurate, quick tuning. However this tuner suffers from being too small, for two reasons. 1) Too easy to lose. 2) Not enough room for some missing basic features. The selector wheel only offers a handful of notes to choose from, so if you play in Eb, or drop C, then you will have to fret a note in order to tune that string. There is also no way to change the pitch from A440.
        Again, too small, and not exactly indestructible.
        Is there a cheaper tuner out there?

         
        4.0

        Great concept !

        By 3 Ring

        from Bowie, TX

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        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner:

        The Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner is tiny, easy to use and accurate. I purchased several of them and was initially amazed at how good of a tuner they are. After almost a year I've gone through five of them, though. While I do use them frequently and on a daily basis, I haven't abused them at all. Even so, when I run out, I'll be buying a few new ones. They're perfect in your guitar case as cheap, accurate backups. Also the best affordable tuner I can think of to tune acoustic guitars without electronics. I wouldn't rely on them as a full time stage tuner unless you want to replace them frequently. Overall, a good value for a very useful tool. I'd be willing to pay more for a more durable, well lit chromatic version.

         
        5.0

        As Good as a Pederson

        By Girl techie!!!! Wha!!!!

        from Colorado Springs, Co.

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        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner:

        Checked this tuner with the Pederson Strobe-every bit as accurate to tune the bass with-of course the only drawback is you can't strobe the bass and be accurate-but it is certainly worth more than what I paid for it-free with strings!

         
        5.0

        Amazingly simple and effective

        By Beto

        from Virginia

        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner:

        I like this "pick" so much. I paid the same as for a regular pick that thick, lol,..I took a little while the first time because I was exploring the pros and cons. I think there is only pros. Great value, cool "keychain", effective, simple,... Well, maybe too simple.What I miss is a calibration feature since I play along with bamboo flutes at the outdoor,a 430-450hz range would be really appreciated, but I'm not complaining nor I'm saying it's a con.You can't get a full featured tuner for that price.The only two things you have to have in mind are. First, since you can't see the string selection when it's too dark, you'll have to have it memorized. That's why I adopted the habit of using the same off position when done(between C and B selections), so the next time I'll know what's going on even in the dark. The latest version comes with lighted letters though. Second, you'll have to coarse tune by ear at first and then fine tune with the S.O.S. because it wont tell you what note it is and you can't see any movement if the string is far from the right tone.It makes a nice gift also.A good buy overall.

         
        4.0

        S.O.S. Pocket Tuner Rocks!

        By LouDog

        from Apollo, PA

        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves S.O.S. Strobe Pick Bass Tuner:

        If you're like me and just need to find your low E on the go, get this tuner! 1st off its super small, you could effectivlly double its use as a pick. 2nd no mic no cables! The device relies on the strings fundemental pitch through vibration at the 12th fret. All 6 notes of a bass are available via a wheel on top of the pick. On mine, my B is blinky so I dropped a few points off for that because it's frustrating. So these 2 lights spin on the string until you're at pitch. It is a little hard to tell exatcly when they stop dead because you're shining a light on a vibrating string. It can be frustrating, but you will get satisfactory results...this made easier by the thickness on bass strings, it's hard to see dancing lights on a 9gauge high e. 1 great thing about this tuner is that your tuning won't be affected by how hard or often you pluck the string since there is no mic input.To sum up, my list of negatives:-You can't really tune in darkness as they claim because you have to see what letter to turn the dial to, but big deal...who plays in the dark anyway?-the low B is dim and flickering, but I could still tune my guitar just fine.-Sometimes if you strum, the battery cover will come loose in the back from turning in your hand, but you just have to be careful.-There are no options for tuning to E flat or C#, it can be figured out. So the negatives are minor enough if you want an easily portable cheap tuner.

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