The Bottom Line
The Intellitouch PT-1 is an ingeniously designed little tuner that clips to the headstock of your instrument. Since the PT-1 tunes via vibration, rather than pitch, tuning a guitar in a noisy room proved to be a simple task. The backlit display swivels to allow you the ability to easily tune, then move the tuner out of the way. Although it's not the cheapest tuner on the market, the Intellitouch PT-1 is handy and effective enough to merit it's price tag.
- Clips to headstock of your instrument, making it easy to access
- Tunes using instrument vibration instead of sound, making it easy to tune in a noisy room
- Chromatic tuner makes it possible to tune different instruments, or use alternate tunings
- As with most electric tuners, the PT-1 sometimes has trouble locating the proper note you're tuning
- This slim, black tuner clips to the headstock of your instrument, allowing for easy access.
- The Intellitouch PT-1 swivels, allowing you to move it out of the way when you've finished tuning.
- The PT-1 features a "learn" mode, which listens to a note, and sets standard pitch to that note.
- The tuner allows you to tune instruments to any note, making use of alternate tunings easy.
Guide Review - Intellitouch PT-1 Instrument Tuner
The Intellitouch PT-1 (Onboard Research Corporation) is a well-conceived tuner that uses vibration to help you tune your instrument. The tuner simply clamps to the headstock of your guitar, and swivels easily out of the way when not in use. Tuning in a loud environment proved easy with the PT-1 - since it doesn't rely on pitch to tune your instrument, the PT-1 wasn't confused by background noise. This makes it a terrific tuner for guitarists who have to tune onstage, or in an environment in which other instruments are playing. Although the PT-1 did ocassionally have trouble finding the correct pitch to tune to, this is a problem inherent in all electric guitar tuners. The PT-1 had no trouble tuning an unamplified electric guitar, even in a room filled with ambient noise. The layout of the PT-1 is simple to navigate - the tuner goes into basic tuning mode when you turn it on, but by pressing the "mode" button, you can access several handy features. The "learn" mode allows you to adjust the tuning reference to any pitch you want. It stores this reference pitch, and allows you to tune the rest of your instrument, or other instruments to that note (the preset can even be saved when the tuner is turned off). The PT-1 is a chromatic tuner, which allows for alternate tunings, as well as mandolin and tunings, etc. Retailing at $69.95 (but often selling for $20 less), it's not the cheapest tuner available, but it's great design and simplicity make the PT-1 a tremendous value.