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Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner

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Fender FCT-12 Chromatic Color Clip-On Tuner is compact and easy to operate even under darkened stage conditions. It tunes instruments using a built-i...Click To Read More About This Product

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A great way to stay in tune no matter where you are.

Fender FCT-12 Chromatic Color Clip-On Tuner is compact and easy to operate even under darkened stage conditions. It tunes instruments using a built-in vibration sensor for accurate and precise tuning even in noisy areas. The bright and colorful LCD screen with easy-to-read sweep needle display rotates 360 degrees for easy viewing. Tuning modes include: Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Violin and Chromatic. Tuning range A0 - C8. A4 Range 430Hz-450Hz. Weight: 50 grams. Power: CR2032 battery (included)

FEATURES
  • Easy to read
  • Accurate tuning in noisy areas
  • Tuning range A0 - C8.
  • A4 Range 430Hz-450Hz.
  • Weight: 50 grams.
  • Power: CR2032 battery (included)

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FenderFCT012 Clip-On Tuner
 
4.1

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (14)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Good quality (11)
  • Improves sound (4)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Back-up (5)
  • Concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great little tuner

As i said in review of the fender sparkle tuner i was happy enough with it that i was going to try this tuner also. when i got it; it was a little smaller...Read complete review

As i said in review of the fender sparkle tuner i was happy enough with it that i was going to try this tuner also. when i got it; it was a little smaller than i figured but it made up for size really fast. Easy to use, no cord needed!!! since i received the tuner i've used it on 4 and 5 string basses. 6 string guitars both elec. and accoustic and 2 different trumpets. It worked flawlessly. I'm impressed! It has mode memory which means i use it for bass guitar turn it off and next time i turn it on it stays in the bass mode. I just leave it clipped on turn it on and have a hands free tuner with no cord, no extra footswitch to mess with. It has swivelhead that also pivots so visability is good except in direct lighting, kind of like a smart phone screen. overall great little tuner. buy one, both of my guitars players are!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Did not like, maybe I'm just picky.

Really don't like this. Got one for my first guitar, an Ibanez AF55. It has been functional, but I intend to replace it.

I use a lot open tunings, mostly...Read complete review

Really don't like this. Got one for my first guitar, an Ibanez AF55. It has been functional, but I intend to replace it.

I use a lot open tunings, mostly because I've been trying to play blues standards. None of these are supported by the FCT-12. The only tunings supported are standard, bass, violin, ukulele and keys of F, B sharp, E sharp, and C. The key tunings show the actual note, usually. Seemingly at random it switches to showing the key, which does me no good at all. The key is always displayed by a separate set of lights anyway. This is particularly confusing when tuning to b or d.

There are two buttons on the back, a mode/power button and a seemingly useless pitch button. The pitch button moves a4 up one hertz at a time, between 430 and 450 hertz. My limited understanding of music theory leaves me puzzled as to why this would be useful. The mode button switches between tuning options, as detailed above.

The screen is only readable if angled perfectly.

Kind of slow, it takes quite a while to decide what to display.

Worst problem is that checking the pitch at the twelfth string is difficult. I have to pop the strings hard enough for them to buzz, wait for the buzzing to subside and then read the tuner. Absolutely ridiculous.

On the battery cover, I wish everything had covers like this. About a sixteenth turn for it to lock firmly. While there is a slot for a coin, you don't actually need it. There are two bumps for you fingers to push on, allowing it to be turned without a tool. Why everything doesn't have that I don't know.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little tuner for any instument

By Hardtyme

from Ohio

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Pros

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

Cons

  • None so far

Best Uses

  • 5 String Banjo
  • Backup
  • Bass
  • Guitar
  • Practicing

Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

I've used one for almost a year with no problems, you have to change the batteries but not that often every 3 to 4 months. I've got 2 and just ordered my 3rd for my grandson.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Did not like, maybe I'm just picky.

By Stanislao

from South Dakota

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Very Good Battery Cover

Cons

  • Can Be Confusing
  • Difficult To Use
  • Dismal Screen
  • Limited Tunings
  • Not Good For 12th Fret

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

    Really don't like this. Got one for my first guitar, an Ibanez AF55. It has been functional, but I intend to replace it.

    I use a lot open tunings, mostly because I've been trying to play blues standards. None of these are supported by the FCT-12. The only tunings supported are standard, bass, violin, ukulele and keys of F, B sharp, E sharp, and C. The key tunings show the actual note, usually. Seemingly at random it switches to showing the key, which does me no good at all. The key is always displayed by a separate set of lights anyway. This is particularly confusing when tuning to b or d.

    There are two buttons on the back, a mode/power button and a seemingly useless pitch button. The pitch button moves a4 up one hertz at a time, between 430 and 450 hertz. My limited understanding of music theory leaves me puzzled as to why this would be useful. The mode button switches between tuning options, as detailed above.

    The screen is only readable if angled perfectly.

    Kind of slow, it takes quite a while to decide what to display.

    Worst problem is that checking the pitch at the twelfth string is difficult. I have to pop the strings hard enough for them to buzz, wait for the buzzing to subside and then read the tuner. Absolutely ridiculous.

    On the battery cover, I wish everything had covers like this. About a sixteenth turn for it to lock firmly. While there is a slot for a coin, you don't actually need it. There are two bumps for you fingers to push on, allowing it to be turned without a tool. Why everything doesn't have that I don't know.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great little tuner

    By roger_sf

    from Tripp, SD

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

      As i said in review of the fender sparkle tuner i was happy enough with it that i was going to try this tuner also. when i got it; it was a little smaller than i figured but it made up for size really fast. Easy to use, no cord needed!!! since i received the tuner i've used it on 4 and 5 string basses. 6 string guitars both elec. and accoustic and 2 different trumpets. It worked flawlessly. I'm impressed! It has mode memory which means i use it for bass guitar turn it off and next time i turn it on it stays in the bass mode. I just leave it clipped on turn it on and have a hands free tuner with no cord, no extra footswitch to mess with. It has swivelhead that also pivots so visability is good except in direct lighting, kind of like a smart phone screen. overall great little tuner. buy one, both of my guitars players are!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It's Excellent

      By Acquisotic

      from santa barbara

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Design
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performing
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

        Ok, you can't even begin to go wrong buying this, especially at it's price point it's a no brainer.

        I have it on my mandolin (because it doesn't have a built in tuner). It folds back to fit the mandolin in my case or gig bag without removing it.

        It works and it's easy to use and the mount feels very good and it works great.

        What can you add? Or yea, it works with other instruments also.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Worth having

        By 'Uke in Virginia

        from Shenandoah

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

          Great tuner, easy to read disply. "Mode" button on underside steps through key tuning (of questionable value though) and the the default is "C". But that isn't exactly "C Major", it means Chromatic in that it will tune to all notes, not just the ones specified by the other modes. Display is very easy to see. You do have to know the numbering of the octaves. Good quality, works well and keeps tuning in line with piano. Much more consistent than guessing at the D string tuning!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          FCT012 Clip-on Tuner

          By JC_Broussard

          from Thibodaux, LA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Partially Functional

          Cons

          • Partially Functional

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

          I hate to run down Fender in a review, and maybe I'm just doing something wrong anyways. But the tuner itself works / functions properly to tune a guitar. However, what I really don't like about this item is for me (right handed guitar player) I like to put the tuner on the back of the headstock; when I do that the chromatic tuner is upside down facing me, and I can't face it upright. I can have it upright on the front of the headstock, but... I'm not about all that.
          It works, it's a fast and easy way to keep your axe in tune. But if / when it goes out I won't be purchasing another like it for that reason.

           
          3.0

          A decent little tuner

          By Bob

          from Midwest

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          Pros

          • Functional

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

            I have purchased 3 of these over the years and each one was a bit different. On the latest one the on/off/function button and the pitch button locations have been swapped. Aggravating. I like them because they are responsive/fast and cheap.

             
            3.0

            Ok for the money

            By Eugene

            from MD

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            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

            Two buttons on the back may be confusing and easy to mess up the settings.

             
            4.0

            Cute little tuner

            By Mick

            from Annapolis, MD

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            Pros

            • Functional

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

              great tuner at a great price. works great.

               
              3.0

              Good product

              By Guitarzan

              from Missouri

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              Pros

              • Functional

              Cons

              • Poor Quality

              Best Uses

              • Live

              Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

              This tuner is really quite nice. It tunes Guitar/Mandolin/Ukulele and that other stringed thing. The fact that this works on vibration and not sound makes it ideal for noisy locations. If the drummer is pounding away and the bass dude is jam'n to some other tune you've got noise to contend with. This little thing ignores them and allows you to quickly get in tune. The display is very clear and easy it watch while tuning.

              1 Con - The display is not very flexible, it may be hard to position the tuner on your instrument and angle the display so that you can see it. I have mine upside-down because it will only fit on the bottom edge of my guitar's headstock (Peavey T-60).

               
              5.0

              Tune the Tune

              By Old Bass Wizzard

              from Bellefonte, Pa.

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Gigs And Jams
              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

              Small, easy to use tuner. This tuner is adjustable for instrument type and non standard tunings. Small enough to slip into any compartment or pocket. Just clip it onto the headstock, turn it on and tune.

               
              4.0

              Just purchased this item not long ago..So far so good..

              By Jack

              from Woodville. Al.

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

                Start with not sure if it was going to work out but after looking at instructions (which is very helpful) and got this tuner figured out seems to be a very good item.. so far so good..

                 
                5.0

                It has the Fender quality!

                By Clinton

                from Southern California

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

                    Purchased three units so far for different instruments. Using it mostly for tune checking my Fender Jazz Bass and for my Gretsch and Kala ukuleles. I've given my grand daughter her own for her ukulele also. Planning on ordering a couple more for backups and for gifts. Can't beat the price and service from Musician's Friend!

                     
                    5.0

                    "Good deal"

                    By Jimb

                    from Independence,MO

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

                        Great item for the price.

                         
                        5.0

                        Easy to use

                        By Jiminy

                        from Raleigh, NC

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality
                        • Really Easy To Read

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

                            The A440 switch is easy to use and makes tuning to an out of tune piano easy!!!

                             
                            5.0

                            Fender clip on tuner is slick

                            By Thor Hammerdahl

                            from Phoenix

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Read Affordable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

                              excellent customer support from musicians friend!

                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              This Fender tuner could be more accurate

                              By Fat Fritoman

                              from Clintonville, Ohio

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                              Pros

                              • Chromatic
                              • Nice Graphics
                              • Quality Is Ok

                              Cons

                              • Inaccurate
                              • Tunes Out Of Tune

                              Best Uses

                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

                              I got this clip on tuner so that I could discontinue using the plug in tuner I have been using since the things were invented. The tonal accuracies of this unit are no better than the old plug in units. Just average. Gets you into ballpark tune, no better than that. If I ever find an accurate guitar tuner, chromatic or otherwise, I will buy it. Also, I wish the graphics were larger. I have to squint to see the gauge up at the top of my guitar neck.

                               
                              5.0

                              Love my Fender tuners

                              By oldwfw

                              from El Cajon, CA

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Anytime

                                Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

                                I've been using clip-on tuners since they first came out. My last tuner broke in the plastic yoke that allows it to swivel. I glued it back together. It still works - but no longer swivels. The Fender is constructed better and works great. I bought one for each of my guitars.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Fender tuner

                                By musiccowgirl

                                from Arizona

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Functional
                                • Good Quality
                                • Great For Noisy Venues
                                • Improves Sound

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • Loud Gigs
                                • Practicing

                                Comments about Fender FCT012 Clip-On Tuner:

                                I am new to playing bass guitar and this tuner is easy for me to use.

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