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Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner

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A super-compact tuner that works with most stringed instruments, even under darkened stage conditions.

The small format FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner from Fender is easy to operate even under darkened stage conditions. Built-in vibration sensor for accurate tuning in noisy areas. The large LCD display with easy-to-read needle shows white when out of tune and bright green when in tune. Small, compact size one-handed swivel clamp. Tuning modes include: Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Violin and Chromatic. Tuning range B0 “ B7. A4 Calibration: 440Hz. Lightweight: 30 grams. Power: 3V2032 cell battery (one piece)

FEATURES
  • Small format for discrete and simplified placement
  • Accurate tuning in noisy areas
  • Large LCD that's easy to read in the dark
  • Works with most stringed instruments

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FenderFT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner
 
4.3

(based on 297 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (202)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (20)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (228)
  • Functional (197)
  • Good quality (170)
  • Improves sound (68)
  • Accurate (3)

Cons

  • Not functional (18)
  • Poor quality (15)
  • Difficult to use (8)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (166)
  • Concerts (91)
  • Back-up (82)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (146), Novice (66), Professional musician (51)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great lil' tuner for price

good tuner

good tuner

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Batteries seem to drain even when off

Good:

Easy to see
2 axis of adjustment
price

Bad:

1. Battery life. I went through 2 batteries with only a few uses of...Read complete review

Good:

Easy to see
2 axis of adjustment
price

Bad:

1. Battery life. I went through 2 batteries with only a few uses of the tuner. It appears this unit drains the battery even when off. I measured this with a precision micro-amp meter (Model MV-852). When the tuner is on, it draws about 7.4mA (milliamps). This is no problem. However, turned off it draws about 72uA (microamps). I think excessive compared to other similar tuners. To keep it short, if you do the math you get about 90 days battery life with the tuner OFF. Less if you use it. I either got a dud, or the sleep mode current is high on this unit. I now plan to take the battery out if i'm not using it once a week or more.

2. Positioning. Even though it has 2 axis of rotation it seems it's hard to get it level with your eyes / vertical to the ground when used on a guitar, bass, or especially a violin. This is no big deal if you dont mind viewing it sideways.

3. Modes: I wish there was a seperate on/off button and Mode button. It's quite easy to click the on/off button an extra time on power up and get into a mode you don't want.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Batteries seem to drain even when off

By Martin V

from MN

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Price

Cons

  • Poor Battery Life
  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

Good:

Easy to see
2 axis of adjustment
price

Bad:

1. Battery life. I went through 2 batteries with only a few uses of the tuner. It appears this unit drains the battery even when off. I measured this with a precision micro-amp meter (Model MV-852). When the tuner is on, it draws about 7.4mA (milliamps). This is no problem. However, turned off it draws about 72uA (microamps). I think excessive compared to other similar tuners. To keep it short, if you do the math you get about 90 days battery life with the tuner OFF. Less if you use it. I either got a dud, or the sleep mode current is high on this unit. I now plan to take the battery out if i'm not using it once a week or more.

2. Positioning. Even though it has 2 axis of rotation it seems it's hard to get it level with your eyes / vertical to the ground when used on a guitar, bass, or especially a violin. This is no big deal if you dont mind viewing it sideways.

3. Modes: I wish there was a seperate on/off button and Mode button. It's quite easy to click the on/off button an extra time on power up and get into a mode you don't want.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

nice

By tegui

from florida

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Portable Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

      Love it so far. Small and easy to use. Will be buying more as presents.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great tuner for the cost of a 6-pack

      By nathan of the seven seas

      from boston

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

          this tuner is compact, works great and costs as much as a six pack of beer

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great lil' tuner for price

          By JC

          from Verde Valley, AZ

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

          good tuner

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Compact, Handy, and Easy to Use

          By Dick Wayne Hendrix

          from St Louis Mo

          About Me Experienced

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Moderate Cost
          • Works Well In Low Light

          Cons

          • Needs More Exact Display

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

          I normally order th Snark but the cost has gotten much higher. Since these unit get a bit of use, it isn't beneficail to pay more than necessary. Ther snark is easier to use .

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fender clip on tuner

          By John Dibella

          from Connecticut

          Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

          Great and conveniant little tuner and very accurate. It save lots of time. Just clip it on to the headstock and tune. I bought one for the lead , rythm and bass guitar players in the band. Highly recommend it.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A simple compact tuner for technophobic types

          By kenren10

          from Claymont, DE

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          Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

          Only one point off for not having calibration (if you absolutely need that look elsewhere), but as I said that can be considered a bonus for most people who just want to tune up and play fast.
          I bought this for my girlfriend (who used to tune to a 1960-ish pitchpipe before we met). She was often confused by any electronic tuner with calibration as she would carefully tune before any jam only to find out she was pitched to something other than A=440.This one is small, accurate and simple with the added bonus of the color-change to green when proper pitch has been achieved. The display is easy to read and simple with no flashy, distracting gimmicks that I have seen in other recent tuners.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          If it breaks I'll buy another one

          By Mac

          from Mesa, AZ

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          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

          I do not have a lot of experience with clip-on tuners. This is the first one I have owned. It seems to do the job on my 5-string bass, with a nice bright display that is WAY easier to see in daylight than my old, worn out Korg, but you might have to wait a few seconds for the display of each note. Access to the battery compartment only requires a coin in your pocket. From the reviews I have read on other brands, I would say that this tuner matches up well with most others costing 3 times as much.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          TUNER

          By Gregory

          from undisclosed

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          Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

          For the price/one of the best in my opinion (chromatic/guitar/violin/bass) it's there!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The STRAT of tuners

          By macharlton2000

          from Humboldt, TN

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

            it's great period. use on my acoustics, electrics and basses. ordering a 2nd for backup.
            far better than that Snark piece of JUNK!!! and a fair price point. bravo fender!!! the Strat of small tuners.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Absolutely fantastic!

            By White Dog

            from Iowa

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            Pros

            • Bright Read-out
            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Instrument Tuning

            Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

            I am a Fender guy, and I like anything and everything Fender.
            That, and that alone is why I bought this tuner. And I am more than happy with my purchase.
            This thing is amazingly accurate. I tested it against my more expensive plug-in tuners, and it is right on the money.
            It is the easiest tuner to use also. I like it mostly for my acoustic's; just clip it on, and leave it there.
            The screen is bright and easy to read---and not only do you get the tuning needle, string chord, and string number...but the screen changes from blue to green when you are dead on. Cool!!!

            By the way; it has settings for Bass, Ukulele, and Violin as well---so you can set it for instrument specific, or chromatic (for external sound verses vibration). Simple and sweet! Go get one.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Tuner! Works Great!

            By FenderFan6300

            from Murphy, NC

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

              This tuner works great! Just clip it on and tune it up and it is easy to use and easy to see

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good Tuner

              By Bill

              from Rockdale , TN

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

                  Pretty good tuner once I figured it out .

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great tuner for band instruments

                  By Professor

                  from Bath, NY

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                  Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

                  I bought this tuner to give to my son for Christmas, but just had to try it out for myself. I used it on my clarinet bell...works GREAT! I took it to band rehearsal and the other clarinet players loved it. We tried it on my buddy's bari sax and it even tunes the low notes! It probably wouldn't work well on a flute as there is no place to clip it that you could see when playing the instrument. Didn't try it on brass...I don't hang out around those guys. Works well in noisy situations since it picks up with a transducer rather than a microphone. It could even be used during performance to monitor pitch. Very compact. Great price. Guess I need to order another one.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Mostly works well.

                  By Scotman

                  from So. Berwick, ME

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                  Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

                  So easy to go from instrument to instrument. No wires to plug in. Easy to see on stage.
                  Love the way the color changes when you're in tune. Large type is easy to read. It won't pick up the low B on my bass for some reason. Great for guitar.
                  I don't know how long it will last. Uses a button style battery.
                  For the price, get a few.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Tuner

                  By Wannabe

                  from Bloomington In.

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                  Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

                  Leave it to Fender to come up with a GREAT little tuner at an UNBEATABLE price. I bought several of them so I don't have to switch from guitar to guitar.Love them!!

                  .

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A+A+A+

                  By harmonica bob

                  from davenport FL. coventry R.I.

                  About Me Novice

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

                    you can tune a gutar but you can t tune a fish

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    It didnt work.

                    By RedHead

                    from Logan, WV

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Not Functional

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

                        I opened it, put the battery turned out the power... and nothing. still doesnt work. its bogus!

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great for tuning multiple instruments.

                        By Artist of Occasions

                        from Rexburg, Idaho

                        About Me Novice

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

                          I like this tuner because I can use it on guitar, bass, violin, ukulele, and more. It clips easily onto the headstock and it lights up. It makes tuning my 12 string very easy. I wish I had had one of these 15 years sooner!

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By None

                          from Ft Lauderdale, Fl

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Fender FT-004 Clip-On Chromatic Tuner:

                            Small and functional, so easy to use, even for a novice

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