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jhawkr
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Mar 13th, 2017 04:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have copious nitro finished guitars. I use Snarks but I don't leave them on any longer than needed. No sense tempting fate! I have had zero problems in many years.

Leftee
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Mar 13th, 2017 05:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am the master of woefully incomplete short responses. ;-)

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 07:20 PM, Mar 13th, 2017)

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Mar 13th, 2017 07:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have six nitro finish guitars sitting out and they all have a Snark Tuner on them. Now I'm . going to remove them all. I just replaced the non-reactive tubing on my guitar stands with cotton sheaths. After three years the tubing started reacting with my Les Paul R0 but I caught it before the damage was significant.

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Mar 13th, 2017 08:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't get any raging hormones on your nitro either.

Just ask wrnchbndr!

Leftee
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Mar 13th, 2017 08:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Or deodorant. Or BO.

Wait. I think that was a different forum.

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Mar 15th, 2017 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a Snark to tune my LPs just during the tuning process. I don't have any finish damage where the tuner sits.

jazzguy

Philly, B-3 Capital

don't dream it be it
Mar 15th, 2017 03:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

never use the things, I can just spin around and hit the Korg Pitchblack on my amp.

a friend was telling me how great they are and showed me one on his beautiful his 50's Gibson ES-350.
I took off the Snark, and there was the finish damage.
boo!

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

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Mar 15th, 2017 05:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have one that I put on and take off and I don't have nitro anything. Snark is a bit better than others in the protection area. That rubber belt may react, but it's worlds better than those others that just have two pads and exposed sharp plastic and springs. My Washburn Acoustic, and my PRS McCarty both wear marks from less than protected tuners.

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Dec 14th, 2017 11:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My SIL's dog just ate my Snark. I got another and actually read the instructions. Funny to note that they warn Not to use the tuner with laquer, poly, etc. and Gibson guitars with nitro.

Seems they should include this info in their advertising! I only use long enough to tune and haven't noticed any problems.

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Dec 14th, 2017 11:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Since I last posted in this thread I bought a nitro- finished guitar. I just don’t leave it on any longer than I need to.

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Dec 14th, 2017 04:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Also, the majority of foam covered guitar stands will react with nitro finishes if you leave them long enough.

rockstar_not

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Dec 14th, 2017 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My snark would die out before getting the low battery indication. Would not properly indicate state of tuning. Had to quit using it after a couple embarrassing live situations.

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Dec 14th, 2017 06:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wouldn't dream of using my Snark anywhere but my house.



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Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Dec 14th, 2017 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've left them on my nitro guitars for months with no issues.

SonicBlue

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Dec 15th, 2017 04:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have read that silicone 'rubber' surgical tubing doesn't mark nitro. It may be worth sourcing some and slipping it over the jaws.

On the Snark, does anyone else feel they go through batteries rather quickly?

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Dec 15th, 2017 05:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, they seem to. I just order packs of batteries from amazon and keep them on hand.

Like Mr. Tree I would only use one in the house. And I don’t play anywhere else these days. I do have a tuner on my pedalboard.

teemon

Florida

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Dec 15th, 2017 05:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Are the body and neck both nitro on a nitro spec strat?

(This message was last edited by teemon at 08:00 AM, Dec 15th, 2017)

Bubbalou

USA

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Dec 15th, 2017 06:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sharky, if you are concerned about it. Cut two small pieces of 100% cotton cloth and affix it to the portions clamping to the guitar

Dolemite

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Dec 15th, 2017 07:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've broken two Snarks because they stick out like Alfred E. Neuman's ears. Planet Waves makes a teensy one, I have about ten of 'em, one for each guitar/bass/etc. No rubber backing, no problem. Ten bucks a pop if you catch them on sale.

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Dec 15th, 2017 08:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've used Snarks and they don't mark up nitro.

I think that warning from the manufacturer is there simply as a precaution for *everybody* because the Snark people have no control over the finish type that any buyer might have on a guitar.

It's a blanket advisory, and precludes anyone going after the company in the event the tuner does damage the finish. They'll get a "we warned ya" reply.

Regarding their battery-eating habit: I have three Snarks and one of them goes through batteries like Oprah through a cheesecake at 3 am in her bath robe and bunny slippers. The other two Snarks seem to be better about power management, so I think it's a roll of the dice because they are all the same model.

About six months ago I bought an Intellitouch PT40c clip-on tuner. It's USB-rechargeable, so no batteries to replace. The cool thing is, I've recharged it once (when it arrived), and I have not had to recharge it again. I want to see how long it runs before I get a low charge indication.

It is accurate. I checked it against my Peterson bench-top strobe tuner, and it tracks fast and accurately. It also has a clock display, and comes with a micro USB cable.

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