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on 2 November 2012
This is a comparison between the 'Fender FT-004' & the 'Korg AW 2'.
Initially after some research ..testing a borrowed clip-on tuner & reading reviews - I was wanting a neat, non-wacky, 'pro', accurate unit. I settled on the Korg AW 2. After a year I thought I'd buy another for my second guitar, so got the Fender FT-004. They both tune through vibration - the best method in my opinion; the Korg can be switched from 'Mic' to 'Piezo' (use Piezo), the Fender is 'vibration' only. I'm using classical guitars, though have on occasion used the Korg just as well on a steel-string guitar.
Comparing side by side on the same guitar, both are neat and professional looking.
First off in differences ..the clip: the Korg's double ball-joint is always un-popping itself, a nuisance, we all lean our guitars on a wall, or put the tuner in a carry box, etc, ..it keeps dislocating itself from the clip, no big deal but it will happen and its annoying. The Fender has a simple hinge & rotating plate mount - it can't un-pop, you lose one angle of rotation but I prefer its solidity.
Back light, the Korg has an 'on' or 'off' button, the Fender is always 'on' - maybe this means less battery life but always on is fine by me (also the colour changes with the Fender).
* The main and most important difference is in the method of tuning. The Korg uses a very fast sample period (maybe <1/10 sec) resulting in a very precise and lively reading, the detailed digital gauge is also very wide in its throw (the unit is wide compared to the vertical design of the Fender) this results in a more 'nervous' style of tuning - harmonics produced by the guitar's body and the plucked string settling into its frequency causes the needle to fluctuate - yet accurately picking up those stray frequencies. The Fender seems to have a slower sample period (~0.5sec) ironing-out fluctuations, this averaging does make it marginally less accurate, + the digital gauge doesn't have the detailed analogue realism offered by the Korg, and the Fender settles on the 'correct tuning' more readily while the Korg says slightly up or down.
Over the course of a day, in different temperatures, guitars change tuning subtly, using the Korg you might be endlessly tweaking - its a technical tuner, the Fender is more confident in saying 'yes' & is more solid - it tunes like a trained ear 'that's it, now play!'
My verdict is both are great, the Korg has the edge in terms of detailed accuracy, the articulated joint is a sore point though - too delicate; the Fender has a nice solid confidence about it, and in this I prefer it as my ready dependable tuner.
Their differences may swing it one way or another for you ..if you play the lute get the Korg, if you play live-gigs with a steel-string get the Fender, if you play classical guitar you might end up getting both!