Back when I was playing in dive bars, the 14-year-old opening act would always start their set by playing, all together and on stage, the tuning song: E, E, E, E, A, A, A, A, D, D, D… you get the idea. By the time they become closers, they discover plug-in tuners. Now Planet Waves offers an even smaller and easier (on the ears) method of tuning up: the pick-sized sound-on-string tuner.
Just dial in one of the six standard-tuning guitar notes on the back of the tiny device, strum the guitar, then shine the light from its strobing LEDs directly on the vibrating string. Adjust string tension until the lights stop “moving” and you’re ready to play.
Street pricing starts around $20 — and in an ironic inversion of normal gear prices, just $15 for the bass version. Of course, if you’re a bassist, you’ll probably want to pick up both versions in case your guitarist “forgets” his.