GFS GFT-40 Guitar & Bass Tuner
• Inexpensive and lightweight, but flimsy feel
• Very tight clip with a good amount of grip
• Good tuning accuracy
• LCD hard to read at angles
With a tight, snappy clip and a bright, highly legible display, the GFT-40 is the least expensive tuner of the bunch. The tuner’s four buttons—one each for pitch adjustment, tuning mode, power, and backlight activation—were nestled on the back of the LCD display’s plastic housing, a smart design decision which helps avoid any sort of accidental setting changes. Due to the clip’s thick and ribbed rubber padding, I got a strong bond on both headstocks. It was difficult for me to move the entire tuner around without actually releasing the clip—this was nice and made the tuner feel substantial.
What didn’t feel substantial was the tuner’s overall build. The housing felt a little flimsy in my hand and gave me the feeling that its days might be numbered if I accidentally dropped it on a hard floor.
Despite the questionable quality of the build, the GFT-40 had a good amount of tuning accuracy and readability from its LCD screen—if the screen was adjusted to a head-on angle with my point of view. The display had the welcome feature of switching from blue to green when in tune. However, when I shifted the tuner slightly upwards or downwards, the screen showed a noticeable amount of washout, similar to looking at an inexpensive computer display or DLP television from the side. When compared to both the PolyTune and the F1 Aura, the tuning was only about a cent flat from the actual pitch—an impressive feat for such an inexpensive tuner.
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