Mini Headstock Tuner PW-CT-12 NS Review

manufacturer: Planet Waves date: 11/24/2011 category: Guitar Effects
Planet Waves: Mini Headstock Tuner PW-CT-12 NS
The Planet Waves Mini Headstock Tuner is a great product that provides an important function to the hobbyist or gigging musician in a compact, easy-to-use format.
 Sound: 7.5
 Overall Impression: 9.5
 Reliability & Durability: 8.5
 Ease of Use: 10
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overall: 9.5
Mini Headstock Tuner PW-CT-12 NS Featured review by: UG Team, on november 24, 2011
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Ease of Use: One can't make their way through a music store or website nowadays without checking out some Planet Waves products. For years they've been supplying amateur and professional musicians with all of the essentials they need to improve upon how they play, or how they spend their time before and after playing. While they have several other instrument tuners on the market, they have now introduced the Mini Headstock Tuner, part of their ongoing collaboration with Ned Steinberger. Their Steinberger products (the "NS" line), sports some of the most unique, innovative products to come to the world of guitar playing, and once you try them, you wonder how you lived without them all of these years.

The Mini Headstock Tuner, like some others in the past, is meant to clip to the guitar, bass or ukulele headstock. Where this tuner differs is in a few key areas:

- Size - The tuner, as its name suggests, is incredibly small. Its so compact that you can only see the clip holding it to the headstock when facing the guitar player, which allows you to hide it stealthily facing you only while on stage.

- Display - Almost the entire face of the tuner is the display, a very bright, backlit display that reads great at home or under dim stage lights.

- Ease of Use - This tuner is designed to face the player while holding and playing the guitar, with a swivel that lets you point it towards you whether you're standing or sitting, and can easily be adjusted from 430 to 450 Hz. Simply turn it on and tune up!

- Battery Life - Planet Waves made a wide choice by utilizing a battery more typically found in watches or car alarm clickers, that tend to last for a very long time before needing replacement. Further, they've included an auto-off feature, which turns the tuner off automatically if it doesn't detect any signal for a few minutes, to preserve battery life. This is great for situations where you may slip the guitar back in your gig bag and forget to turn off the tuner. // 10

Sound: This tuner is meant to be clipped on the instrument headstock, not rest on a pedalboard. Thus, it has no input or output jack, and doesn't put out its own sound. However, it's incredibly accurate, and sported good response times when tested with an electric guitar, acoustic guitar and a 4-string bass guitar. The louder and the more vibration put out by the instrument natively, the faster the tuner seems to lock in the tone. The Mini Headstock Tuner was then tested in comparison at the same time with another name brand tuner, and the Planet Waves tuner was equally as accurate. // 10

Reliability & Durability: The Mini Headstock Tuner is mostly plastic, which means it may not stand up to very rough abuse. However, being that it's clipped to the headstock and not being stomped on by a musician's boot, it isn't that likely that this should suffer any real abuse. The swivel mechanism feels secure and solid, and one can easily imagine this being clipped onto a guitar and then staying there for months or years without a hitch. // 9

Overall Impression: The Planet Waves Mini Headstock Tuner is a great product that provides an important function to the hobbyist or gigging musician in a compact, easy-to-use format. It's very accurate, and it's also currently one of the cheapest tuners around. For the acoustic, electric, bass or even ukelele player, this is one tool you'll always find a home for in your toolkit. // 9

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overall: 8.3
Mini Headstock Tuner PW-CT-12 NS Reviewed by: ne14t, on june 28, 2012
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Price paid: C$ 19

Purchased from: Long and McQuade

Ease of Use: Simple, no frill out of the box use. Put the standard CR2025 button battery into the back of the tuner and clip it anywhere onto your headstock. There is a button that will change your pitch for tuning and change it from sharps to flats when held and a second button that does the power function. Takes less then 5 minutes to have it on your guitar and tuning. 10/10 - Foolproof, not even joking. // 10

Sound: I purchased this mini tuner mostly because of my Floyd Rose equipped guitar, I am stickler for being in perfect tune and I had gotten fed up with constantly unplugging my lead from my pedal board and into my trusty old Korg tuner just to sharpen off flat strings. I couldn't invest in a pedal tuner as my board is small with no available real estate so this was the next best option. I don't know how to really rate this so I am going to give it a five, just to be fair. // 5

Reliability & Durability: Clips on tight and wont fall off even with the best on stage acrobatics you can think of. Hides completely behind the headstock unlike other clip on tuners, so there is no risk of smashing it off your guitar. Highly dependable, but at $19 its cheap enough to Pick up an spare one for a backup just in case and you wont break the bank in the process. // 8

Overall Impression: If your looking for a compact clip on tuner for gigging that doesn't look like some freaky alien eye sticking off your headstock then this tuner is exactly what your looking for. The LCD display is in red and green and is very bright making it simple to read in on stage situations where the lighting is less then ideal. The only issue I have run into with using it hasn't even come from the tuner itself; however with all the crap on the back of my headstock because of the Floyd it has to angled a bit weird to see it but it works fine. 10/10 - Perfect little tuner for under $20 I enjoy it and will probably get more for my other guitars so I don't have to swap it around all the time. // 10

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