One thing I’m always looking for is a way to make things more convenient in my live band. The Fishman FT-1 Digital tuner is a great tuner to use if you want a quick, easy and fast tune. While not as accurate as some other tuners such as my Peterson 490-ST Strobe Tuner, the FT-1 is a great tuner to use if you need a quick tune on the fly. It’s great for tuning before practice or mid-song at a gig and is easily clipped on and off the guitar. You can also use this tuner on both your acoustic guitar and your electric guitar.
The FT-1 has four different tuning modes. It features a full twelve note chromatic mode along with specific modes for guitar, bass and ukulele. I stick mostly to the chromatic mode when I play because it allows you to drop tune the guitar if needed. In addition to these four modes, the FT-1 also allows you to change the reference pitch to anywhere from 435Hz to 445Hz when needed.
What good is a tuner if it’s complicated and hard to read? The FT-1 features a bright LCD display with a layout that is very easy to read. The display lights green when a note is in tune and lights red when it is either sharp or flat. It also features a meter-style sharp and flat display that tracks the guitar very well.
The tuner comes with both a built in microphone and a clip on sensor. The microphone works well but I stick mainly to the clip on sensor because it is not affected by noisy environments. The clip on sensor tracks the guitar almost immediately so you’re not stuck waiting for a response. Neither the microphone or the clip on tuner are as accurate as my Korg Pandora PX4D but the Fishman FT-1 is a lot faster to pull out and easier to use than the Pandora. I actually leave it clipped onto my guitar the entire gig so it’s ready if I need to make a quick tuning tweak.
Overall I have been very satisfied and impressed with the Fishman FT-1. Although not as precise as other, more expensive, plug in and clip on tuners, the FT-1’s price tag can’t be beat for the functionality it provides. I recommend every musician have one on hand at all times.