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« on: March 28, 2009, 09:39:18 PM »

Hello,
    As some of you know, I just recently ordered an OM-03 from Jim at Trinity guitars.    I am learning alot, but still a novice.    My current guitar has a built in tuner and electric plug in.   I did not get it on my new (coming sometime?) guitar because I never used the plug in and I had some rattling from it so I decided to buy my new one without it.
   Now I have  to figure out about how to tune it.  I certainly can't do it by ear!    I saw a tuner a while back that you just clip on to the top of the guitar and the sound resonates through it? I guess?    Is that the best thing for me to get?   Or are one of the hand held cheap ones sufficient? 
Also, I need to get some type of humidifier for it right?  I never had one for my previous guitar.  If so, do you get them from a guitar store and are there different types better than others?  Can hardly wait for the guitar to arrive!     Thanks again,   Tony
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2009, 09:56:31 PM »

The Korg GA-30 is a great little digital tuner, and cheap. If you need a chromatic tuner, they make an inexpensive one also, the CA-30.
Here's the GA-30 http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Korg-GA30-GuitarBass-Tuner?sku=210526&src=3WFRWXX&ZYXSEM=0&CAWELAID=26019573 you can probably get one cheaper on Ebay though.

http://shop.ebay.com/items/__korg-ga-30_W0QQLHQ5fBINZ1QQLHQ5fIncludeSIFZ1QQ_nkwZkorgQ20gaQ2d30QQQ5ftrkparmsZ72Q253A1199Q257C66Q253A2Q257C65Q253A12Q257C39Q253A1QQ_dmptZGuitarQ5fAccessoriesQQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQ_sopZ15QQ_scZ1
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2009, 10:17:02 PM »

Congrats on your incoming OM.  Jim is a gem to deal with.

I agree the Korg CA-30 or CA-40 are good at home tuners, and good values.

If you are looking for a headstock clip-on the Intelli IMT-500 and IMT-900 (the one I use) are a very good value. They can be found for around $20 USD on ebay, new.  Some have issues with the Bass E string registering, but I have found that using the 12th fret harmonic gets around this and get a very accurate tune.    Some have also experienced battery troubles, but I am on the original battery in my IMT900 after 2 years.

There was a recent thread on AGF that did a nice review of a few of  the clip ons.

Needing an humidifier depends on where you live and how dry your home gets.  An inexpensive Hygrometer can help you monitor your situation.  If you discover that you need to humidify your guitar, there a lots of threads that describe homemade very cheap methods of making your own. Kitchen sponge and a sandwich bag with holes in it...


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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2009, 10:29:53 PM »

Thanks for the advice.   I reside in the Albany NY area.    Hot summers, cold winters.   My wife keeps the wood stove humming all winter long!  I guess I will get one of those Hygrometers??
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2009, 11:34:27 PM »

With your situation, I imagine that your house can get very very dry, bad for guiitars, and even pretty humid in the summer if you are not using AC...


Heres some links to useful Hygrometers... 

http://www.centralchef.com/storefrontprofiles/processfeed.aspx?sfid=123094&i=161933416&mpid=7714&dfid=1

http://www.cheaphumidors.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?screen=PROD&Store_code=ch&Product_code=HYGROSET&category_code=hygrometers

http://www.cheaphumidors.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?screen=PROD&Store_code=ch&Product_code=HYG-75&category_code=hygrometers

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=1680&gcid=c11135x003-0&keyword=Weather+Instrument&cookietest=1

I have a room Hygrometer and also a small one that I sometimes hang from the strings in the soundhole when I store the guitar in its case.  This way I can see the actual humidiy of the inside of the guitar if I am worried about it..
Lots of threads about humidifying, and good tips on this forum and the AGF that you can research.

 
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