The CT-5 multi-mode clip-on tuner is the latest innovation from Lindo Guitars and provides a simple solution for tuning your guitar, bass, ukulele or violin. The tuner also has a chromatic mode for custom tunings as well as a guitar ‘flat’ option which allows you to tune one or two semitones below concert pitch/drop-tuning.
The thumb and finger operation of this ergonomically-shaped clip makes attaching and releasing the tuner from your instrument easy and with minimal fuss. Even with slightly moist hands, the raised grip helps to ensure you get a firm hold when clipping the tuner on and off. With the perfect amount of spring tension to stay firmly where you attach it, the sprung clip of the tuner feels really comfortable to use and can be operated with one hand.
Adjustable and durable
The inside of the clip is rubberised so will not cause any damage when put on or pulled off your instrument. The screen arm can swivel 360° and has front and back tilt so you can adjust the tuner to your preferred viewing angle. The injection-moulded shell has been designed to provide durability throughout the design and even the screen has been sunken back slightly into the unit so that it is less likely to be scratched.
One button controls all
The power/mode button controls all the functions on the CT-5 so operation is again very simple. Use this button to power the unit on and off as well as cycling through the instrument type and chromatic or flat modes. To prolong the battery life, the economy setting means that the tuner will automatically power off after a period of inactivity.
Great for low lighting conditions and performing on stage, the CT-5 LCD is backlit so you can always see the information displayed wherever you are. The tuner is a pleasing blue colour in standby or when flat or sharp but lights up in green to tell you your instrument is perfectly in tune. The note, string number, cents scale and digital needle indicator is displayed in contrast to the background of the LCD and all are incredibly accurate and responsive to ensure you achieve perfect pitch every time.
How and why it works
Sensitive receptors in the CT-5 circuitry detect string vibrations and frequencies transferred through the instrument when a string is plucked. The unit can identify the particular string/note easily because it is not picking up ambient noise around it – this is particularly useful in a band environment where are other musicians maybe playing guitar or drums whilst you are trying to tune.