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D'Addario Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner

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The unique pick-sized Planet Waves SOS Strobe Tuner uses Planet Wave's revolutionary Strobe-On-String technology. If you've set a turntable's pitch v...Click To Read More About This Product

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You get visual confirmation that you're in tune right on each string!

The unique pick-sized Planet Waves SOS Strobe Tuner uses Planet Wave's revolutionary Strobe-On-String technology. If you've set a turntable's pitch via a stroboscopic control or use harmonic comparative tuning at multiple fret points to tune a guitar, you will immediately get the concept.

Barely bigger than a guitar pick, the SOS Tuner emits 2 out-of-phase LED light beams onto the vibrating string. The 2 beams dance on the string when it's out of tune, slow down as you approach pitch, and stop when you're in tune. A thumbwheel selects the correct LED output for each string, making the Planet Waves SOS Tuner specific to 6-string guitars. Since it relies strictly on visuals, the SOS Tuner is ideal for noisy and dim situations.

NOTE: The Planet Waves SOS Strobe Tuner only works with 6-string guitars in standard tuning. The tuner's lights may be difficult to see on some clear nylon classical guitar treble strings.

FEATURES
  • Ergonomic pick-sized design
  • Light-based tuning
  • Thumbwheel selects string
  • Ideal in noisy, dark settings
  • Auto power-off
  • CR1620 battery included

Keep this handy tuner in your gig bag. It'll not only keep you in tune, it'll also prove to be a big conversation starter. Order today.

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Planet WavesSOS Strobe Pick Tuner
 
3.7

(based on 63 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great but limited tuner

I tested this tuner against the Boss TU-2, an industry standard, and the Seiko ST737Ease of useThis tuner requires you to select what string you are tuning prior to tuning that string so...Read complete review

I tested this tuner against the Boss TU-2, an industry standard, and the Seiko ST737Ease of useThis tuner requires you to select what string you are tuning prior to tuning that string so it is not as fast as either competitor. It also requires higher concentration because instead of matching a needle or light to a center position you must judge when the reflections on the string stop moving up and down. The knob to select the string is not illuminated so you might not be able to see what string is selected on a dark stage. Seeing the lights is easier in the dark but in bright sunlight one might have trouble. The battery is easy to replace and the tuner fits easily into your pocket. The manual that comes with it is easy to understand and comes in 6 languages.AccuracyUsing a modified Epiphone Dot into the TU-2 the S.O.S. performed almost perfectly. However you must be picky to achieve an optimum +/- 3 cent. (Which for those who don?t know, 1 cent is 1/100 of a semi-tone) The tuner boasts its ability to tune in noisy environments. For this test I used a Seagull S6+ Cedar GT and placed the microphone of my Seiko halfway in between a stereo speaker and the sound hole of the guitar. I turned the volume a fair amount higher than the point which the Seiko didn?t register the guitar. The S.O.S. tuned perfectly.AS A SIDE NOTE. Planet waves quoats a +/-0.4% accuracy. wait a second, how can a 20 dollar tuner be so much more accurate than a $150 boss TU-2. the answer is that th SOS's accuracy is based on sine wave theory. because the lights flash at a controlled frequency the only thing tha would cause error is a lower powered battery ( which would cause the frequency to drop very slightly), or an LED taking a fraction of a millisecond to begin to emit light. if you can tell me that you can even move a fine tuning knob, if you are so privilaged, on your guitar so much as 0.4 cents difference and have it sounding better, and in less time mind you, than a boss tu-2 or such type tuner then all the power to you. the human eye is debated to see from 24 to 100 frames per second. mind you the frequency of an A string, the second lowest, is 440 Hz. your eye can't see is your .4 cents off or 4 cents off. dont get me wrong, this tuner is acurate but only as acurate as you are willing to sit there and debate if the lights are "dancing" or just crawling on at an unimajinably slow rate.When to use itUse it at an acoustic gig because it will tune in noise and does not require a ? jack. Also use it an electric gig if you do not use a tuner with a bypass. If something else is going on between songs and you have time to tune, noise will not distract it. When NOT to use itDo not use it if you are playing on a bright sunny day or in pitch dark. Anywhere in between is fine. If speed is of the essence you should use a automatic needle type tuner as it is sometimes difficult to judge the movement of the strings and you are required to select the desired string to tune. Do not use it for alternate tunings, 7 string guitars (as it only has 6 string selections), or bass guitars as it is only designed for 6 string guitars tuned at 440 Hz. Do not use it to adjust intonation as it is useless for this function.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I forgot I had this thingy...

I got this thing as a value pack with 5 sets of DiAddario strings. It's a facinating little thing... I guess there is two frequencies of light broadcast on the strings. While...Read complete review

I got this thing as a value pack with 5 sets of DiAddario strings. It's a facinating little thing... I guess there is two frequencies of light broadcast on the strings. While they vibrate the 2 lights are supposed to steady out as you narrow down on the tuning of that particular string. It gets a little irratating getting a fine tune and I am not to confident that it actually does the trick because if you redo it right away it seems different the next time. I haven't used it in a while, mainly because it is easier to get a rough tune in on my guitars without it. If I want it more accurate I'll use something else (my ear). Actually, I can't fathom being trapped in a club some where with this as my only tuning aid. As far as durability goes, I can't say that there is any real mileage on this thing to call it other than "brand new", but it doesn't feel like anything that you would use as a wedge for splitting wood like a Boss box. Needless to say, since I forgot I had it, I put very little value on it to say the least. I guess I'll give it to the grand kids to fool around with some day when they get old enough to use it as ???? something or other. For those I'd consider a perfect candidate to be happy with one of these: Maybe a poor, deaf guitar player.

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3.0

Kinda flimsy

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

It is a nice idea, but the one I got only had one laser working. It seems kind of cheaply built too, in my opinion, being made of very light and flimsy plastic. Still, nice idea and not too expensive.

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1.0

Impractical

By MrWizard1552

from USA

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Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

I work in a music store and a Planet Waves rep came in and showed us this. Any professional should be using at the very least a boss TU-2 or a peterson strobe. Good luck tuning quickly on stage with this gimmicky tool. I can say that it is accurate, if you have 10 minutes to fiddle with one string.

 
5.0

Don't leave home without it

By NewGuitarPlayer

from Oklahoma City

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Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

I'm new to guitar, but not new to playing music. I understand 'physics-wise' how this thing is supposed to work - and it works wonderfully. It works best if you start with your string on the flat side and tighten the string up in pitch until the string appears to stand still instead of swaying back and forth.My favorite part about this tuner is that I can take it with me everywhere. This is especially handy when shopping for a guitar in a noisy show room. If I lost this tuner, I'd definately get another one.

 
5.0

A very handy gadget

By fretless in gaza

from southeast michigan

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Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

I bought mine on a whim, too; sometimes I just can't resist a neat cheap gadget. And this time I was very pleased with my purchase. As soon as I got it out of the package, I tried this little tuner on an acoustic guitar, my Strat, my P-Bass, and finally my double bass, and it worked perfectly on each. Tuning is very fast and accurate once you get the hang of it, and while it doesn't give as much information as my expensive Boss tuner, this gadget is much faster to use. True, it won't work in bright sunlight, but it will work in a noisy room, or on an unplugged electric guitar or bass. It won't replace a good plug-thorugh stage tuner, but it's very handy, and a lot of fun to play with.

 
5.0

Very Acurate!

By R. E. Lenth

from Topeka, KS

Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

I just got this thing free at my local music shop and I gotta say... WOW!I was skeptical at first. I thought it seemed a bit 'gadgety'. I already have a nice Korg and a QuickTune... so I really didn't need it.But it really works. It's simple: Set the selector to the appropriate string; pluck the string. If the string appears to dance, it's out of tune. As you get closer to the right note the 'dancing' slows down and eventually stops. That's it!My only concern is the quality of the thing. It's made from a very light plastic and I wonder how long it will last. If it doesn't, you can bet I'll get another one.

 
5.0

Great for what it is, tune in the din of practice!

By Jehle

from North Alabama

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Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

I have to say, I was very skeptical about what and how this little tuner was going to do. Not expecting much, I tuned up may main guitar and was amazed at just how accurate it was. It sure beat my $60 Korg guitar tuner. Held right over the 12th fret it was easy to read the string and pluck the string with my middle finger. My only complaint, minor as it is, is that it's not a chromatic tuner. No altered tunings or use on the banjo... well maybe it would, I should try that.Bottom line, if it broke, I'd buy another one because I can't hear myself to tune up. No wires, no microphone, just aim and shoot and you'll be in tune. Just RTFM to make sure you get it right.

 
4.0

Interesting little tuner

By bluecelt1155

from Burlington, VT

Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

Not bad, definitely worth the price just to try it out. It's kind of cool for tuning in the dark, but the dancing lights take a little getting used to. Overall, I prefer my Fender stage tuner, but eh, for the price, it's definitely something cool to add to my collection.

 
1.0

Nice when it works

By Stuey222

from Nashville, TN

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Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

These tuners are great on noisy stages and low light conditions, but the main problem is that they die randomly all the time. I've had one die on me on stage, one die right before a big classical guitar jury, and the other four died randomly during practice. I've been through six in about a year and a half, simply because fine china is more durable, but it is also one of my favorite tuners. It needs to be redesigned for the practical musician, not just the musician that babies all of his gear.

 
5.0

Well Worth the Price

By Trevor Black

from indiana

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Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

The Planet Waves Strobe Pick Tuner is a godsend to guitarists on a budget, or any guitarist for that matter. No chords, no crappy built-in mic?s that only work within one inch, no clamp-on' that look stupid on your guitar's head, just a simple idea of the complexities of light frequency physics. It?s to use, convenient on stage, in the home, or in low-light or noisy rooms. Two complaints: It's difficult to use outside in the sun, so if in that situation find some shade. And it only does standard tuning. If planet waves made more strobe pick tuners in different tunings I?d buy one of each!

 
5.0

Great and unique tuner

By guitarman-KI.xv

from Midwest

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Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

This little tuner is a wonder to behold. Don't really understand some of the reviews - perhaps they need to be realistic about what a quarter sized tuner at this price range is supposed to do. Or perhaps they never got the hang of it - who knows. This tuner is very accurate for me. I mean just as accurate as my pitch black. You simply dial the string you are using, pick it with the tuner and hold it close. Rotating one way means sharp, the other flat. When the lights are perfect, tuning is perfect.It's actually just as quick as my pitch black and quicker than the Korg CA-30. This product is perfection for times you don't want to be plugged into a tuner, but need a quick tune. Doesn't matter how loud the room is, it works great. And it is very quick if you practice a little. Always leave the dial on the same spot and you can do it well in total darkness. Fits anywhere - it's a great little piece of work.Downside: It's made of plastic and small enough to get lost. Also it only goes for standard tuning.Not going to pass it down to your grandkids - but get real, it's a cheap, super-accurate, super-small, tune anywhere under any lighting tuner.

 
1.0

Good idea, doesn't work

By Stevo-K8XcX

from Atlanta

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Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

The idea is excellent - optical oscillator that tells you if the string is vibrating at the exact frequency. But in practical application, the guitar is always out of tune when I'm finished. It also takes too long and the controls are cumbersome The battery door is also prone to come off easily. I'm not sure why it' doesn't tune well - probably an issue related to transient frequencies or intonation or something. In short, it's a waste of money.

 
2.0

Great idea, hard to use, cheap.

By Stevo-K8XcX

from Atlanta

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Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

I liked the idea initially, but it's very hard to use well. I'll tune all 6 strings and it will sound horrible. I'll then tune them to my regular quartz tuner and it sounds right. Then I go back to this little tuner and it says everything is in tune! I can't tell if I'm in tune or not with this thing. And it's cheap. The battery door comes off too easily and I hate having to rotate that little wheel all the time. Ultimately, it must be hard to interpret what you are seeing and it must take longer than you think to know what you've done.

 
1.0

Not a item to buy

By starguitar-4PcmF

from Albany NY

Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

I bought this because of the state of guitars in music stores being so badly out of tune. I like going to music stores a lot to try new gear. I wanted a tuner with me that could tune in an emergency. Never got to use it. Took it out of the package. Put it in my pocket...I took it out to try...Have to shake it to make the lights flash. Circuit board inside must have a lose connection. I mean..this thing is a pick so you can strike the string. If you can't put it in your front pocket what good is it?This is a waste of money. Don't purchase or you will be sorry.

 
5.0

Totally awesome tuner by Planet Waves

By Undyne

from Toronto Ontario

Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

I've had this tuner for almost a year now. Initially I found it a bit tricky to use it correctly. After figuring out exactly what out of tune strings looked like and what in tune strings looked like I was able to tune up in under 30 seconds perfectly. I was tested the tuning ability of this little device by tuning up with it and then hooking it up to a resonably expensive tuner. Tuning was perfect every time. I did find that sometimes the lights would flicker. After taking the device apart it appears that it may be because of the connection to the battery. I've found that when this happens (which isn't very often) moistening the battery will solve the problem.This is an amazing tuner that is both super fast (once you're used to it), incredibly accurate and extremely portable.I'm really surprised at some of the bad reviews this item has recieved. The only conclusion I can come to is that the item is hit or miss and people are recieving duds or that they're not quite fluent in its operation (Understandable as the device is a bit tricky to figure out and the instructions really suck).For the price you really can't go wrong.

 
5.0

I love it!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

I received this free with an order of strings. It works perfectly as described and I find it to be more acurate than most other FAR more expensive electronic tuners. If you are old enough to have owned a belt-driven turntable with adjustable speed you'll intuitively know how to use this. Simply put- it's perfectly acurate, small enough to fit in your pocket, and works as well in the dark as in a lit studio. I love it!

 
5.0

Pretty Cool

By BeastOnFullMoon

from MetalVille, JohnnyLand

Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

This tuner is 95% accurate and easy to use once you get the hang of it. It took me no longer than three minutes to get used to it. It is fast and maybe not perfectly accurate but it is really useful. Pricewise, It is cheap and is the best strobe tuner you can get for 15 dollars. A great and definate buy if you're looking for something fast that you can use in noisy or dark rooms.This is really really really useful.buy it.

 
4.0

Innovative gadget

By Old Rocker-ziJt2

from San Antonio, Texas

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Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

This pick works really good and I tested the tuning with the other tuners.How to really use this pick to tune is to pluck it at around 12th fret to get the widest arc of the plucked string. When it's out of tune you'll see a see-saw effect from the two leds on the pick. It doesn't have to become a straight line but that the see-saw effect stop moving. There you're in tune. Nothing to it.

 
1.0

poor battery life

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

Whilst the product does what it says on the can - tune guitars and admittedly is neat. I found the battery lasts only a short while. In my case a month. I tuned up every time I used my guitar which was every couple of days. Even if I forgot to switch the thing off it says it comes with an auto power off, but doesn't seem to have any effect on the battery life.

 
5.0

very good

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

this is a great tuner. the lights on the tuner don't "dance", the lights that are being shone on the string dance. this is great and useful if used correctly

 
5.0

very accurate

By guitarguy120

from Sarasota, FL

Comments about Planet Waves SOS Strobe Pick Tuner:

this tuner is tiny. it can go on a key chain or fit right in you're pocket. it tunes guitars dead on, and is pretty easy to use. would definitely buy another if i had to.

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