If you don’t mind, I want to take a minute to talk about my tuner!
It’s a Peterson StroboFlip*, and it is by far the best tuner I have ever owned. I don’t have perfect pitch, but when a guitar is even slightly out of tune…even by a tiny amount…it drives me crazy. I spent years tuning my guitars on cheap tuners and the were OK, but never perfect.
The Peterson can be set for different tempered tunings…which I don’t actually use, or even really understand! But I have set it to what they call “sweetened” guitar tuning, which means that the pitches are tempered or adjusted slightly to make the tuning sound better than if you tuned it to equal temperament.
Don’t ask me for the scientific explanation of what this means or how it works…my very basic understanding is that the guitar can never be tuned to sound perfect in all keys, because its fret board is essentially a compromise that allows it to sound “OK” in all keys and therefore not need to be re-tuned every time you play in a different key. I think they call that “equal” temperament or something to that effect. But “equal” temperament drives my ear crazy! Not on every chord…but often enough that I wanted to do something about it!
And the Peterson StroboFlip fixed this for me. That’s all I know! ;)
PS: As my long-time Tumblr friends know, I am neither affiliated with, nor receive any compensation from any company whose products I talk about here. I have paid for all my gear with cash out of my own pocket (well with a credit card from my own pocket anyway…sometimes it’s even my OWN credit card!). So, if I talk about something here it’s because I REALLY like it! Or I really hate it. Either way. HOWEVER, if any company WANTS to pay me to talk about their products, I am totally OK with that too! :D
*FYI, according to the Peterson website, the StroboFlip has been discontinued and replaced with the “StoboPlus HD”