Korg CA-20

Made by Korg

Description Chromatic LCD needle-type tuner.
Posted By Tim Ball (2060)
Directory Equipment: Parts/Accessories
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Overall Rating: 4.8 (of 5)
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On 1/21/2002, Jeff Rice (3314) posted:
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I would recommend this tuner to beginners and experts alike. If you play a little or a lot this tuner will help you sound better.
Price: $29.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Discount
I love this tuner! Super easy to use. I have used an analog guitar specific tuner in the past and this beats it hands down! It offers the option of tuning a half step down for grunge or 12 string. There is a GA-20 which is a guitar only version. Same display just limited on the notes.
It's been dropped twice and doesn't need to be recalibrated like the analog models should be.
On 6/26/2001, Tim Floto (6151) posted:
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I'd buy it again. Useful, small and reliable. Good buy for the price
Price: $12.95
Where Obtained: Ebay
This has 1/4" input and mic input for tuning electric or acoustic. It doesn't have an output so you cant use it in line. The tuning is accurate and you can set to Auto detect or for a specific note. The display is LCD and is quite visible.
I own several other Korg pieces and they are all very reliable. This is mainly plastic and feels a little fragile but I've never had a problem. Also I've never changed the batteries so they must last a long time on one set - their AAA's.
On 3/3/2001, Trevor Becks (20) posted:
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Very accurate. It takes no time at all to tune to whatever tuning you want.
Price: $35.00 (Canadian) (new)
Where Obtained: Local guitar shop
Chromatic tuner. Indicator LEDs. Needle-type display. Microphone for acoustics and input for electrics.I tune down sometimes so it's nice to have something that doesn't just tune to EADGBE.
It doesn't take a lot of abuse. I dropped it today and it still works perfectly.
On 1/22/2001, Tim Ball (2060) posted:
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It does its thing well. Korg also makes a guitar-specific tuner (GA-20) in this line. But I've always preferred chromatic tuners to guitar tuners. The ability to tune any note, not just E-A-D-G-B-E lets me quickly cross-check my tuning.

The LEDs aren't of much use (I use the needle -- which provides a much finer granularity), but they don't get in the way.

Price: $19.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
The LCD emulates a needle-type display and provides a snappy response -- quicker than I'm accustomed to with mechanical needle-type displays. In addition to the LCD needle, the unit has green LED to indicate right-on tuning, as well as red LEDs to indicate flat and sharp tuning. Has standard 1/4-inch input as well as a built-in microphone. Auto mode takes a guess at what note you're trying to tune to. Also has a manual mode that lets you specify the note to which you want to tune. Can be calibrated to other than Concert A tuning (i.e., A=440Hz). Upper left-hand corner always indicates current calibration. This is great for verifying that no one's been messing with the calibration on the unit. If you're looking for a tuner that will also emit tones for tuning, look elsewhere. I like the recessed rubber buttons. This thing is unlikely to accidentally turn on when you shove into the accessory box in your case or toss it on a table. Uses 3 AAA batteries.
It's always been ready when I need it. No moving parts.