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Finding that special guitar and amp is a Sisyphean task on its own, but once that perfect rig
is found, what excuse do you have for hanging
around the local guitar shop instead of mowing
the lawn on Saturday afternoons? Try this: offer
up earnest sounding yet obscure gems to your
significant other such as, “Honey, I need to find a
new tuner. Mine is getting all glitchy.” Or, “I think
my tuners are slipping. This could be a disaster
at my jam tonight.” These should afford you the
opportunity to sneak out of the house for at least
a couple of hours without doing too much damage to either your relationship or your checkbook.
Plus, you get a chance to check out a few of our
top picks for 2007.
Featuring sweetened tunings, along
with Buzz Feiten temperaments, the
StroboFlip proved to be more than
capable of covering every tuning need.
It also won over many fans around
the office for its compact design
and easy-to-read display. The intuitive
layout gives easy access to the functions most commonly used, with the
only downside being the unit’s depth
of function, offering up perhaps more
features than most will ever use, and
the reason it earned top marks.
Peterson Electro-Musical Products, Inc.
Planet Waves Auto-Trim Tuners
Planet Waves has long been known for producing clever accessories for guitar players, offering up
everything from smart case humidifiers to quick-re-lease strap systems. This foray into guitar parts, with
Ned Steinberger’s design help, shows the same level
of end-user consideration present in the rest of their
product line. The Auto-Trim Tuners come across as typical locking tuners, but with a nice curve thrown in: as it
gets closer to pitch, the Auto-Trim Tuner cuts the string
off for you, keeping one more tool at home – always a
good thing for typically overburdened guitarists.