JVB JCT 615 GUITAR CAPO & TUNER AND TMC 511 TUNER & METRONOME

How do you make a tuner more sexy? JVB has the answer via some handy additional features. By Peter Hodgson 

 

TMC 511 TUNER & METRONOME

This is a small and stylish clip-on tuner with a 360 degree rotating display, which tilts and swivels for easy viewing no matter what angle you hold your guitar at. It offers fully automatic, chromatic tuning, so it’s great for alternate tunings. it also offers flat tunings (b,bb,bbb and bbbb) for those who need it. And the display is full-colour, which
is rather attractive as well as giving you a much clearer representation of where exactly your pitch is - compared to a monochromatic display. It has automatic shut-off, easy battery acess (and a battery is included) and it’s cute as a button. It’s suitable for guitar, bass, violin and ukulele.

But as the name leads you to believe, it’s also a metronome, with a tap tempo input that lets you set the time anywhere between 30 and 250bpm. This makes it an invaluable practice tool, and it’s very handy (pun intended) to have such a function within such easy reach. It may offer a big, woody, metronomic ‘tock’, but it still gives you an easily audible tone to lock in with and tighten up your picking and left/right-hand synchronisation. It’s such a clever and useful design that, in retrospect, it seems kinda bonkers that this isn’t a standard feature on all tuners.

JVB JCT 615 GUITAR CAPO & TUNER

Another JVB devide which pulls down multiple paychecks, the JCT 615 is a combined capo and tuner and pick holder. The capo component is an easy trigger grip release which seems to secure quite neatly and securely to most guitar necks, and is carefully padded to ensure it doesn’t put stress on the guitar’s finish. One end includes a slotted section for wedging a couple of picks for easy access. There’s also a chromatic tuner mounted to the side and it has 360 degrees of movement, an easy-to-read light-up display and a tuning range of B0 to B7, with tolerance of +/-1 cent. It’s powered by a single button battery and it pretty much stays out of the way, regardless of what chord you’re playing.

The pick holder section can be a little more obtrusive, depending on the angle you’re fretting at and the size of the picks you have wedged in there. If you use those big triangular picks, this feature might not be for you. If you’re more into traditional pick shapes, though, you should be fine. It’s a cool add-on feature that some guitarists will love but others might not find themselves using too often. Either way, it’s very cool of JVB to add even more value to this product.

 

THE BOTTOM LINE

Either one of these would make a fine tuner for stage or around the house (if you’re recording or doing pro setup work, you might want something a little more suited to setting intonation). Ultimately, what it comes down to is: what would you use more, a metronome or a capo?

PRICE: $23.49 - $34.99 RRP

TOP FIVE FEATURES

JVB TMC 511

• 360 degree rotating display 


• Full colour display 


• Tap tempo metronome 


• 30-250bpm tempo range 


• 435-445hZ A4 frequency range 


JVB JCT 615

• 360 degree rotating display


• Easy Trigger Grip Release capo function

• Pick holder

• Light up display


• Tuning range: B0-B7

PROS

• Accurate tuning

• Great visibility

• Handy extra features

CONS

• None for what they are.

CONTACT

JVB Strings

www.jvbstrings.com

(03) 9773 8583