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N-Tune On Board Chromatic Electric Guitar Tuner  

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        N-Tune

        Professional onboard chromatic tuning at your fingertips.

        N-Tune is an exceptionally convenient solution for fast, accurate guitar tuning. Whether you're in the studio, on stage, or just practicing, simply pull your guitar's volume knob and use N-Tune's super-bright display to silently tune up in seconds. Then push it back down to play—with perfect tone, thanks to N-Tune's true-bypass design which removes all tuning circuitry from your guitar's signal path.

        N-Tune is available as an aftermarket kit that can be easily installed into almost any electric guitar. All you need is your existing volume knob and some standard soldering tools. Best of all, no permanent modification of your guitar is required.

        FAQ
        So what exactly is N-Tune?
        N-Tune is the world's most convenient solution for fast, accurate onboard guitar tuning. It installs under your electric guitar's existing volume knob, and provides a bright, LED-based tuning ring with true-bypass circuitry for perfect tone. Using N-Tune, you just pull your volume knob to silently tune up in seconds; then push it back down to play. No lost tuners, no extra cables, no loss of tone, and ultra-quick tuning-ups—whether you're practicing, in studio or on stage. Technically, N-Tune consists of a switching potentiometer, a wiring harness, plastic display discs, a circuit board, and a battery holder.

        Will N-Tune work in my guitar?
        N-Tune is designed to fit in the majority of electric guitars, however some guitar styles or features may prevent or complicate the installation of N-Tune. In deciding whether or not N-Tune is for you, please consider the following:

        Active pickup systems: N-Tune is currently not supported on guitars with active systems (passive pickups with an active preamp or true active pickups).

        Hollow-bodies: N-Tune is typically installed by removing your guitar's control cavity cover or pick guard to access your guitar's electronics. However, on many hollow (and semi-hollow) bodied guitars there is no easy access to the inside of your guitar, which makes installation difficult. In these cases, N-Tune would be installed by removing the bridge pickup and working through a combination of that space and the lower F-hole. If your local guitar tech is comfortable swapping a pot in your hollow-body, he or she can likely install N-Tune as well.

        SGs and other thin-bodied guitars: Depending on the manufacturer (Gibson, Epiphone, etc), the specific model, and the year, many SGs will be too thin to support an N-Tune installation. In particular, the Gibson branded SGs are often too thin, while Epiphone and other similar styled guitars are usually thick enough to support N-Tune. If you have an SG or another thin guitar, you can measure the depth inside of the control cavity of your guitar. N-Tune requires 29mm (nearly 1-3/16") of depth to fit in your guitar properly without interfering with the control cavity cover (or pick guard).

        Les Paul and other thick-topped guitars: Some guitars are too thick to support the current version of the N-Tune push/pull volume pot (be it because of an especially thick top or a metal "grounding plate"). The N-Tune pot's threaded bushing length is 13mm (distance from pot body to the bottom of the knurl). Once you add the N-Tune and associated hardware, 6.5mm of bushing remains for fitting through your guitar's top. While N-Tune comes with an extra nut that can be used to set the pot depth in the control cavity (to make sure your volume knob does sit up too high), there isn't anything in the box that will add more length to a pot that is too short. So, if your guitar's top is more than 6.5 mm thick, then you may have a problem with the current kit.

        Fender Stratocaster pickup screw: On Fender Stratocaster guitars, N-Tune partially covers the bottom adjustment screw of the bridge pickup. The N-Tune kit ships with a flat-head screw to replace the existing screw. The hole for pickup adjustment screws is already counter-sunk in most pickguards, but if yours isn't, it is possible you will need to countersink that hole to make the screw sit down flat. An implication of this is that in order to adjust the height of your bridge pickup, you might need to remove your volume knob and the N-Tune tuning ring from your volume pot depending on what screwdrivers you have available. This takes just a few minutes though and doesn't require you to uninstall your N-Tune. On nearly every similar guitar from other manufacturers, N-Tune does not cover the pickup adjustment screw.

        Fender Telecaster: N-Tune fits (albeit snugly) inside a standard Fender Telecaster. The only caveat is that the tuning ring is slightly wider than the chrome control cavity cover. This does not affect the functionality of your N-Tune in any way, but may be an aesthetic issue for some.

        Can N-Tune be used in guitars other than Gibson and Fender?
        Of course it can. The main difference between the kits is the potentiometer value (500k vs 250k). Pick the one that is right for your application and install away.

        What's the difference between the Fender and Gibson kits of N-Tune?
        The Gibson kit contains a 500k potentiometer and black and cream discs to match the plastic on many Gibson style guitars. The Fender kit has a 250k potentiometer and white, black, parchment and cream discs to match the plastic on many Fender style guitars.

        How long does it take to install N-tune?
        Installation normally only takes 10 to 15 minutes. It does require the use of a soldering iron, so if you've never used a soldering iron, we recommend you take your guitar to your local guitar tech and have him or her perform the installation.

        How does the tuner work?
        When you pluck a string on your guitar, N-Tune automatically detects the note and the LEDs indicate whether that note is sharp, flat, or in tune. As you adjust the machine heads on the headstock of your guitar, the sharp/flat LEDs flash faster as you get closer to perfect tune. Once the string is in tune, the LED stops blinking and turns solid green.

        Does N-Tune support alternate tunings and half step tunings?
        N-Tune is a fully chromatic tuner, meaning it allows you to tune any string on your guitar to any note. This is extremely valuable when the songs you're playing require alternate tunings. For example, let's imagine you want to play Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" or Foo Fighter's "Everlong," both of which require Drop D (DADGBe) tunings. N-Tune allows you to achieve this tuning easily: Just pull up on the volume knob to turn N-Tune on, adjust the Low E string to a D using the LEDs to guide you, and push the knob back down to start playing. There is nothing to plug-in, un-plug, or calibrate.

        Additionally, N-Tune quickly allows you to achieve half-step tunings on any string. Let's say the crowd wants to hear Nirvana's "All Apologies," which requires a Drop D tuning with each string tuned down a half-step (DbAbDbGbBbEb or, as we like to call it, CCA). No problem! N-Tune's tuning ring has an extra amber-colored sharp symbol LED that will light up simultaneously along with any amber note LED as you tune that note sharp. Thus, for example, to tune an F#, you just watch for the amber "F" note LED AND the amber "sharp symbol" LED to both light up. Then, the flashing red sharp & flat LEDs (and ultimately the green LED when you get in tune) guide you in just like they would for any other note. Oh, and remember, N-Tune mutes your guitar while you're tuning, so you can switch to alternate tunings silently on stage between songs.

        How do I know the tuner is turned on?
        When N-Tune is activated, it lights up to indicate its powered-on status.

        What is the range of the N-Tune tuner?
        The effective range of the tuner is from 27Hz to 3.52kHz (A0-A7).

        How accurate is N-Tune?
        It is accurate within +/- 2 cents.

        How long does it normally take to tune my guitar?
        Less than a minute.

        How long do the batteries last?
        N-Tune is powered by a standard 9-volt battery. This will power N-Tune for approximately 600 tunings.

        What happens to the output signal once you turn on N-Tune?
        When engaged, the tuner mutes the output signal.

        What happens if I accidentally leave N-Tune turned on?
        N-Tune automatically powers down after one minute of inactivity.

        Features
        • Fast, accurate guitar tuning
        • Silently tune up in seconds (when engaged, the tuner mutes the output signal)
        • Easy installation on almost any electric guitar using some standard soldering tools
        • No permanent modification of your guitar is required
        • Automatically detects the note
        • LEDs indicate whether that note is sharp, flat, or in tune
        • Allows you to tune any string on your guitar to any note
        • Quickly allows half-step tunings on any string
        • Lights up to indicate its powered-on status
        • The effective range of the tuner is from 27Hz to 3.52kHz (A0-A7)
        • It is accurate within +/- 2 cents
        • Normally takes less than a minute to tune my guitar
        • Powered by a standard 9-volt battery for approximately 600 tunings
         

        On Board Chromatic Electric Guitar Tuner Specifications:

        • Note Range: 27 Hz to 3520 Hz (notes A0—A7)
        • Accuracy: +/- 2 cents
        • Input Source: Instrument pickups
        • Battery Life: Estimated at over one year's worth of tuning (~600+ tunings). The tuner automatically powers down when not in use to conserve battery life
        • Power Requirements: One 9V battery
        • Physical Dimensions
        • Tuner Disc with LED circuit board:
        • Height: 1.35"
        • Width: 1.35"
        • Depth: 0.12"
        • Potentiometer Body:
        • Height: 0.98"
        • Width: 0.72"
        • Depth: 0.94"
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        N-TuneOn Board Chromatic Electric Guitar Tuner
         
        4.7

        (based on 14 reviews)

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        • Functional (3)

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            Most Liked Positive Review

             

            A Genius Device

            After reading an article about how much Richie Kotzen liked this device, the geek in me decided that I had to have one so that I could tune whether I was plugged in or...Read complete review

            After reading an article about how much Richie Kotzen liked this device, the geek in me decided that I had to have one so that I could tune whether I was plugged in or not. On the plus side, the package comes with everything you need to make a nice match for most of the standard colors. On the bad side, the installation was not as easy as N-Tune would have you believe. I installed it on a ?57 Road Worn Strat (whatever your position is on the RW series, the guitar feels awesome) and most of the issues were with de-soldering the gobs from the existing pot. I had a friend who solders regularly to help me, and I?m glad I did. We ended up cutting the factory wires, then prepping them for the N-Tune. There were a total of 8 wires that you will remove and replace. Then next issue was shimming the tuner ring so that the knob fit snuggly. The entire process took a little over an hour, but it is completely worth the effort. Simply pull up, tune and play! I would highly recommend the product, with the caveat that you may want to pay a tech to do it for you.

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            Installation nightmare

            Bought 3 of these and the first would not fit my les paul because the wood is too thick. Later found out that other people have the same problem but their website does not...Read complete review

            Bought 3 of these and the first would not fit my les paul because the wood is too thick. Later found out that other people have the same problem but their website does not mention this. Do not attempt to install yourself unless you are very skilled at soldering and can read wiring diagrams to a tee. I guess mine was just a bad all around experience and I sent all three back after the hassle of trying to install the 1st one. Great concept but misleading on the simplicity to install and compatabilities of guitars they will fit on.

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            5.0

            Awesome Tuner Must Have

            By primus

            from Iowa

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            Pros

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

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              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about N-Tune On Board Chromatic Electric Guitar Tuner:

              Got one on my Strat and it works Great,Easy to install and a novice can do the solder work.

              Looks Cool and is spot on tuning my Guitar!

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              4.0

              Great, but not for the faint of heart.

              By MikeW

              from Boston, MA

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                  Comments about N-Tune On Board Chromatic Electric Guitar Tuner:

                  I have a mexican Stratocaster with two regular pickups and a double humbucker next to the bridge. The tuner fitted without a problem and works really well. Very handy for quick tuning and no 'pop' as it engages. The only downside is the installation. The insides of my strat were a mess before I started and are worse now. You need to be fairly adept with a soldering iron and be able to figure out wiring.

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                  5.0

                  Very useful for the stage

                  By Emre Metin Bilginer

                  from Istanbul, Turkey

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Useful

                  Cons

                  • Hard To Place

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about N-Tune On Board Chromatic Electric Guitar Tuner:

                  I use it for 3 months and it's just great. I'll buy also for my other guitar.
                  The only thing I have no idea is the battery life. I'll experience it in the future.

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                  5.0

                  Works great

                  By Rauncho79

                  from Colorado

                  Comments about N-Tune On Board Chromatic Electric Guitar Tuner:

                  The install was a bit tricky, and there's plenty of room for something to go wrong during install, especially if you don't pay attention to the instructions. If you don't have experience with this sort of modification, get someone with real skills to do it for you. That said, it's worth all the money and effort, and I won't go back to using any other tuner EVER! Every instrument I have that doesn't already have an onboard tuner is getting one of these, and I'll be doing some installs for friends of mine.

                  There is a velcro battery clip in the kit for securing the battery inside the control compartment, and it works out well, but if you're good working with a small router or Dremel tool, it's not too hard to install a flip-up battery compartment for easier battery changes without having to open up the control compartment every time. I installed mine in the control compartment cover, so I didn't have to get into the wood of my bass. I haven't worn out the battery that came with it, but I won't have to disturb anything on the inside to change it when the time comes. You're on your own with the flip-up battery compartment, the velcro clip is the only thing supplied in the kit.
                  I really like the fact that this tuner will lock on to a low B on a five-string bass, unlike just about every other tuner I've ever tried. Operation is easy, and the output is muted when in tuning mode. The display is surprisingly easy to read, and better than I'd hoped. For me, tuning has never been faster or more convenient.
                  I'm only rating a 9 for this because I haven't had it long enough to assess durability. For every other concern, it's top-notch.
                  I can't say enough about how great this is, and at less than half the price of any decent pedal tuner (and only a fraction of a rack tuner) you simply can't go wrong. There's no forgetting your tuner at home when you leave for the gig, no cables or patchcords required, no hassle and no stress. Value? A steal at twice the price, no kidding.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A Genius Device

                  Comments about N-Tune On Board Chromatic Electric Guitar Tuner:

                  After reading an article about how much Richie Kotzen liked this device, the geek in me decided that I had to have one so that I could tune whether I was plugged in or not. On the plus side, the package comes with everything you need to make a nice match for most of the standard colors. On the bad side, the installation was not as easy as N-Tune would have you believe. I installed it on a ?57 Road Worn Strat (whatever your position is on the RW series, the guitar feels awesome) and most of the issues were with de-soldering the gobs from the existing pot. I had a friend who solders regularly to help me, and I?m glad I did. We ended up cutting the factory wires, then prepping them for the N-Tune. There were a total of 8 wires that you will remove and replace. Then next issue was shimming the tuner ring so that the knob fit snuggly. The entire process took a little over an hour, but it is completely worth the effort. Simply pull up, tune and play! I would highly recommend the product, with the caveat that you may want to pay a tech to do it for you.

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                  5.0

                  Tuning Convenience- All guitars should add STOCK!!

                  By K Shoe

                  from New Hampshire

                  Comments about N-Tune On Board Chromatic Electric Guitar Tuner:

                  I recenently installed an N-tune tuner on my G&L Legacy. I've made many previous mods on this guitar most recently converting it from SSS pickups to HSS. I found the N-tune relatively easy to install. I do think the printed instructions could be a little clearer, but they offer a video on their web-site which makes up for the printed instructions. I had to relocate my volume and tone knobs to make it fit due to the fact I used a collar to mount my Humbucker. The N-tune works great. My only complaint would be that they need to make the batter leads longer or at least provide extra wire in the kit if you want to extend the leads. I had to mount the battery between the single coils under the pickguard and was forced to extend the leads. Has I not previosly modified the guitar- this may not have been a problem, but N-tune should offer as many options as possible. I do think manufacturers should take notice and begin issueing the N-tune on stock models. It really makes tuning so much easier.

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                  5.0

                  Richie Kotzen was right!

                  By Anonymous

                  from Undisclosed

                  Comments about N-Tune On Board Chromatic Electric Guitar Tuner:

                  Richie Kotzen loves this product and now so do I. I bought this tuner shortly after seeing Ritchie use it on stage. This thing is as good as it gets. I read Richie's review in Premier Guitar and figured out N-Tune is what he was using. After that I had to get one of these. I love this tuner, it is more accurate that my Boss and honestly this thing is just cool. I now have one for my Tele and my Strat. After a week of using N-Tune I am wondering how I lived without it?

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                  3.0

                  Installation nightmare

                  By Ishmial

                  from Midwest

                  Comments about N-Tune On Board Chromatic Electric Guitar Tuner:

                  Bought 3 of these and the first would not fit my les paul because the wood is too thick. Later found out that other people have the same problem but their website does not mention this. Do not attempt to install yourself unless you are very skilled at soldering and can read wiring diagrams to a tee. I guess mine was just a bad all around experience and I sent all three back after the hassle of trying to install the 1st one. Great concept but misleading on the simplicity to install and compatabilities of guitars they will fit on.

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                  5.0

                  No Brainer

                  By George W

                  from Seattle, WA

                  Comments about N-Tune On Board Chromatic Electric Guitar Tuner:

                  It's so simple, yet so brilliant. A built in tuner! I can't tell you how convenient it is to never have to look for a tuner. I gave away my other tuner when I had these installed on my PRS and Tele. Incredible. The only problem I can see is that I didn't think of it first!

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                  5.0

                  Making Tuning FUN!!!

                  By OUTLAW-y5mTG

                  from Nashville, TN

                  Comments about N-Tune On Board Chromatic Electric Guitar Tuner:

                  I put one on my Strat and I love it. My guitar looks like it came from the custom shop! However, it was not as easy to install as I thought or sounded on the internet. On the strat a new pickup screw that has a flat head comes with the kit, but you have to countersink the new screw in the pick guard. It's really close to the pick-up notch and it can get kinda thin! I used 2 sizes of drillbits and turned them with my hand to keep from taking too much plastic off the pick guard. I am pretty good with a soldering iron and found this project pretty tricky!! It could have come with a better wireing diagram. It probobly wouldn't cost a whole lot to have installed so if you don't have much experience with this, take it to a guitar shop. Now that I have it, it's amazing! It's verry accurate and easy to use! I like the LEDs better than a tunner with a needle and the mute-tuning allows you to tune on stage in the middle of a song. Now we'll just put it to the test and see how long it holds up.

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